DNA Testing Update

Welcome to DNA Testing Update, my blog that keeps you up-to-date with what's new at DNA Testing Adviser. I’ll tell you about…

  • New or updated articles on the website

  • Significant news from the genealogy and adoption search communities

  • DNA testing tips for paternity, genealogy, and adoption search

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Nov 20, 2017

REMINDER: Best Ever 23andMe Sale Ends Soon

One of my recommended DNA tests, 23andMe, is offering two or more Ancestry Service kits for $49 each or one for $69. Besides discovering genetic relatives, you get an ethnicity breakdown, maternal haplogroup and (for men) paternal haplogroup. Regularly $99, this is a really good deal. Sale ends November 23, 2017.

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Nov 18, 2017

Don't Forget the Free Upload to MyHeritage DNA

The newest autosomal DNA test is MyHeritage. With a strong presence outside the U.S. and a free upload offer, the database is growing rapidly. Use this link to upload your raw data from one of the other tests for free.

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Nov 17, 2017

Woman Meets Birth Mother 30 Years After Adoption

Testing on MyHeritage has yielded a surprising number of adoptee reunions. Here's a remarkable reunion captured on Good Morning America.

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Nov 17, 2017

One Family One World Project

Living DNA has launched a One Family One World Project. If you had your DNA tested at LivingDNA, you can join for free.

You can upload results from another autosomal DNA test. But that is a bit confusing. While an upload gets you into the project, it does NOT give you the full benefits of doing the Living DNA test.

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Nov 16, 2017

"Finding Family" in Midwest Book Review

The new publisher edition of my "Finding Family" book was recently reviewed by Midwest Book Review: "Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, an inherently fascinating and compelling read from beginning to end, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" is an extraordinary account."

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Nov 16, 2017

Who Am I Really?

This is a podcast on YouTube about adoptees who have located and connected with biological families. This episode interviews Elise about her journey.

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Nov 15, 2017

Eurogenes K36 at GEDmatch

One of the advantages of uploading your raw data from an autosomal DNA test to GEDmatch is the ability to try various admixture utilities. These can give you a deeper look at ethnic ancestry than the test company report.

One of the newer ones is Eurogenes K36. This article provides a good explanation.

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Nov 14, 2017

Family Finder DNA Test a Bargain at $59

One of my recommended DNA tests, Family Finder, is a real bargain right now at just $59. In addition to an ethnic ancestry report you can find genetic relatives from all over the world.

Unlike similar tests, this one gives you real names and email addresses for >90% of your genetic matches. And many users are genealogists willing to reply and help figure out your common ancestors.

Plus, all tests at Family Tree DNA use cheek swabs to sample your DNA instead of having you spit into a tube. That's much easier for children and older adults.

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Nov 14, 2017

The Advantages of Working with a One World Tree

WikiTree, GENI and FamilySearch let you collaborate with other genealogists who are researching the same ancestors so there's just one copy of each person on the tree, rather than each of you having your own separate family trees.

Blogger Kitty Cooper explains the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Nov 13, 2017

Family Tree DNA Holiday Sale

I use all the genetic genealogy tests at this company. Sale prices include $59 for Family Finder, $129 for the 37-marker Y-DNA test, and $169 for the full sequence mtDNA test.

Multi-test bundles, upgrades and even Big Y and SNP Packs are also on sale. See this link for a full list of sale prices.

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Nov 11, 2017

New Migrations Feature on AncestryDNA Test

The AncestryDNA test includes a breakdown of your ethnic ancestry. Now many of us are seeing one or more recent groupings called Migrations.

Mine, for example, is Southern States Settlers which matches my paternal line. if you have a family tree there, you can see how different ancestors fit into different time periods.

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Nov 10, 2017

DNA Test Finds Four Half Siblings

It took 72 years for Patrica Faris to meet her four half-siblings. Earlier this year, the happy reunion finally happened in Sacramento.

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Nov 09, 2017

Native American DNA Resources

Are you interested in Native American DNA? If so, you must check out this wonderful compilation by blogger Roberta Estes. I consider her my go-to expert on Native American DNA.

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Nov 08, 2017

Very Brief Bargain on Helix Exome DNA Test

For a very short time, Helix is offering up to $100 off their exome sequencing test when you order one of their products. This currently has no genealogical value and most of their initial products are silly. But more important tests should be coming eventually. So this is a great time to get in if you're interested.

Sale ends Friday 11/10/17 at 2:59 AM EST.

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Nov 08, 2017

DNA Thanksgiving Sale at MyHeritage

The MyHeritage DNA test is currently sale priced at just $59. That's a 40% discount from the regular $99 price. Buy three or more kits and you get free shipping too.

Besides uncovering genetic relatives in their international database and getting an ethnicity breakdown, you can integrate your DNA results with an optional subscription to family tree tools and historical records.

Sale ends 11/23/17.

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Nov 05, 2017

Best Sale Ever on 23andMe DNA Test

One of my recommended DNA tests, 23andMe, is having a great sale. Get two or more Ancestry Service kits for $49 each or one for $69.

Besides discovering genetic relatives, you get an ethnicity breakdown, maternal haplogroup and (for men) paternal haplogroup. Regularly $99, this is a really good deal.

If your parents are around, test them both. Testing siblings is also useful, since you each inherit different parts of your parents' DNA.

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Nov 01, 2017

My New Article in Adoption Today

The 20th Anniversary issue of Adoption Today magazine (11/1/17) includes an article I wrote on "How DNA Testing Has Transformed Adoption Search." It includes some adoption search success data from Blaine Bettinger's survey.

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Oct 31, 2017

An Example of Y-DNA Testing for Genealogy

With all the emphasis on autosomal DNA testing, we sometimes forget how useful Y-DNA testing can be in solving genealogical mysteries. Here's an example of how Y-DNA and autosomal DNA both contributed to discovering missing GGGrandparents.

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Oct 30, 2017

Understanding Random Recombination

In practice, the amount of DNA two people share will vary from the theoretical amount for any relationship. That's due to random recombination. Blogger Debbie Parker Wayne takes a look at how that can impact your results.

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Oct 27, 2017

Don't Forget the Free Upload to MyHeritage DNA

The newest autosomal DNA test is MyHeritage. With a strong presence outside the U.S. and a free upload offer, the database is growing rapidly. Use this link to upload your raw data from one of the other tests for free.

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Oct 26, 2017

DNA Helps a Foundling Find Her Family

Abandoned under a caragana bush, an Ontario woman needed sleuthing, science and sheer luck to discover her Saskatchewan roots.

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Oct 25, 2017

A Detailed Explanation of Promethease

A website called Promethease provides a comprehensive “health” report based on autosomal DNA results uploaded from the major testing companies. Blogger Roberta Estes goes into tremendous detail in a post on the subject.

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Oct 24, 2017

Why Do DNA Testing?

This British publication lists their top ten reasons to do a DNA ancestry test for family tree research. Can you think of some they missed?

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Oct 23, 2017

Test All Family Members Even Full Siblings

You can learn a lot more about your family's DNA if you test multiple family members. This blog post gives a good example of that. See Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors.

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Oct 20, 2017

Breakthrough in Jewish Ancestry Testing

An Israeli court has declared DNA as a legal proof of Jewish descent for certain Ashkenazi Jews, especially for those from the former Soviet Union who don’t have paper documentation available. This would be done though mitochondrial DNA testing at Family Tree DNA.

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Oct 19, 2017

"Finding Family" at Barnes & Noble

The new edition of my book is available in many places, including the Barnes & Noble web site and many (but not all) Barnes & Noble stores. If your store doesn't carry it, please ask them to do so. Thanks.

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Oct 18, 2017

How to Provide a Saliva Sample for DNA Testing

23andMe tells you exactly how to provide a saliva sample for their DNA test. The AncestryDNA test also uses saliva. Note that Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage and Living DNA use cheek swabs instead.

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Oct 17, 2017

African-American Discovers Family Roots Thru DNA

Many African-Americans wonder about their specific African roots. This man did a DNA test and learned where in Africa his ancestors had lived in the era before slavery.

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Oct 16, 2017

Saving Money on Adoptee DNA Tests

Adoptees can maximize their chances of finding birth parents for as little as $200. A systematic testing strategy can get you into all the key autosomal DNA databases for a fraction of what it used to cost.

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Oct 13, 2017

DNA Testing Parody on South Park

A recent episode of South Park included a humorous take on DNA testing for ethnicity. The following clip is a good sample. Keep in mind that this show is written mainly for teenage boys. Others may find parts of the show to be offensive.

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