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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Apr 23, 2018

The Ultimate Y-DNA Test is Also on Sale

The Big Y-500 is an advanced Y chromosome test for experts. In addition to the Big Y SNP data, Family Tree DNA now includes over 500 STRs. You get all 111 Y-STRs from conventional testing plus at least another 389 markers taken from the Big Y NGS scan. Click the DNA Day Sale link at the top of the page and then scroll down to find it. If you have already done some Y-DNA testing, log into your account and click Upgrade to see an even lower price. Sale ends 4/28/18. #DNA #BigY

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Apr 20, 2018

23andMe Slashes Prices by 30% for DNA Day

For a very brief time, you can save 30% at one of my recommended DNA testing companies. The 23andMe ancestry test is just $69. Their Health + Ancestry option is just $139. Sale ends 4/25/18. #DNA #23andMe

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Apr 20, 2018

Family Tree DNA Slashes Prices for DNA Day Sale

The company with the most complete lineup of DNA tests that I believe has the best tools for working with your matches is having a super sale. Save $30 on Family Finder (Now just $49). Save $30 on a 37-marker Y-DNA test for men (now just $139). Save $50 on the only test that checks 100% of your mitochondrial DNA (now just $149). Even bigger savings on various bundles of multiple tests. Sale ends 4/28/18. #DNA #FamilyTreeDNA

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Apr 20, 2018

The $59 DNA Test Price We've Been Waiting For

The AncestryDNA test is now sale priced at just $59 instead of the regular price of $99. If you have not tested yet or you want to test other family members, this is the time to order. While many people do it for the ethnicity report, genealogists and adoptees will love finding previously unknown relatives among the ten million users.

BONUS: You can download your raw data from the AncestryDNA test and upload for free into three other large databases. Sale ends 4/29/18. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Apr 19, 2018

NGS Pre-Conference Registration Ending Friday

I will be one of 175 speakers at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There's a full track of DNA speakers over the four-day conference that runs from May 2-May 5, 2018. Pre-Conference Registration ends April 20. #NGS2018

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Apr 18, 2018

Test Older Relatives First When Doing DNA Tests

Why should you test older relatives before exploring your own genetic genealogy?

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Apr 18, 2018

"Good Synopsis of Genetic Genealogy"

The latest review of my $2.99 Kindle book, Guide to DNA Testing, continues as follows: "Quick read with down to earth explanations. Links within text were very helpful . I would recommend this to any one who plans on dipping their foot into this fascinating topic." #DNAtesting #genetic genealogy

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Apr 17, 2018

DNA Day Sale at MyHeritage

Another of my recommended DNA testing companies has announced a DNA Day Sale. The MyHeritage DNA test is just $69. Sale ends 4/25/18. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Apr 16, 2018

Get Your Older Relatives to Do DNA Testing

I have always encouraged people to test their older relatives on DNA tests. This brief summary gives some good reasons for that. NOTE: In many cases you and I represent the oldest living generation in our families. So get tested! #DNA

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Apr 14, 2018

20% Off Sale on Living DNA Test

One of my recommended DNA tests, Living DNA, provides a breakdown of your overall ethnic ancestry AND identifies the haplogroups of your maternal and (for men) paternal ancestry. The ethnicity report does a nice job of breaking U.K. ancestry into sub-regions. #DNA #LivingDNA

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Apr 13, 2018

Autosomal DNA Transfer Summary

Some autosomal DNA tests will accept free transfers of raw data from other tests. You should take advantage of these opportunities to get into more databases. That returns more matches and lets you try more tools. This article summarizes who accepts what.#DNA #DNAtransfers

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Apr 12, 2018

An Italian-American Shares His Ethnic Timeline

This DNA tester shares some of his Ancestry Composition report from a 23andMe test and makes some general observations about what it means to be "mixed."#DNA #ethnicity

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Apr 11, 2018

Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing for Medical

This Mayo Clinic article summarizes the history of Direct-to-Consumer DNA testing as it applies to medical information.#DNA

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Apr 10, 2018

REMINDER: Free DNA Tests for Adoptees

MyHeritage has launched a wonderful service for adoptees and birth families. They will provide 15,000 free DNA tests to help families find each other. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. I am on the Advisory Board for this program called DNA Quest. Check the website for details.

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Apr 09, 2018

Living DNA Can Test Other Samples for DNA

Here's the rest of the "DNA from a Stamp" story that I shared recently. This account is from Living DNA, the U.K. lab that did the testing.

The text shares important details and the video includes Julia Bell who played a major role. Plus, Living DNA is the first genetic genealogy lab to publicly offer to test non-standard samples for DNA. The email address for inquiries is included at the end. #DNA #LivingDNA

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Apr 06, 2018

AncestryDNA Price Increase Coming Monday

The AncestryDNA test is currently discounted to just $79. Sometime on Monday 4/9/18, the company is expected to return to the regular $99 price.

If you have not tested yourself yet or you want extra test kits for family members, use this link to order now before the price goes up.

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Apr 06, 2018

Enhanced Ethnicity Reports at 23andMe

The 23andMe DNA test now compares our DNA to 151 regions of the world. Most users have either been updated already or will be soon. Log into your account now to check.

NOTE: The first chart you see may only show one sub-region in a region. Click "See all tested populations" to see if there are more sub-region matches plus an indication of match strength.

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Apr 04, 2018

A Better Chromosome Browser at MyHeritage

MyHeritage is rapidly improving the user experience of DNA testers. Now the one-to-many chromosome browser adds several new features, including an indication for triangulated segments from the DNA Match Review page. #DNA #MyHeritage #triangulation

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Apr 03, 2018

Woman Identifies Father from DNA on a Stamp

A woman in the U.K. who was abandoned as a baby under a blackberry bush has tracked down the identity of her biological father. She matched a cousin first and that cousin provided her with some old envelopes mailed by an uncle. DNA extracted from one of the postage stamps confirmed that this man had been the woman's father. #DNA #DNAfromStamp

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Apr 02, 2018

WW II Vet Meets German Son through DNA

A match on the AncestryDNA test has reunited a 92-year old man with the now 70-year old son that he created in Germany during World War II. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Mar 29, 2018

Who Tests Your X Chromosome?

One of your 23 pairs of chromosomes determined your sex. Men have an X and a Y. Women have two X's. While Family Tree DNA offers a specific test of the Y chromosome, the X chromosome is checked during an autosomal DNA test. But only some tests use it in matching and only one test includes it in the total cM count. Blogger Roberta Estes clarifies this for us.

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Mar 28, 2018

TV Reporter Does 23andMe Test But Misses Key Feature

Like many reporters, this one overlooks the best part of DNA testing. He shares his ethnic ancestry breakdown and discusses a genetic health finding. But he never mentions the thousand or so genetic relatives that must have been listed in his DNA Relatives section. #DNA #23andMe

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Mar 26, 2018

What Can DNA Testing Do For You?

If you have already tried DNA testing, you may already know the basics reviewed in this article. If not, you may wish to check it out. #DNA #DNAbasics

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Mar 23, 2018

65-Year Old Man Finally Connects with Family

This story of a man searching for his biological roots is fascinating. Furthermore, it includes some overview information about the recent surge in DNA test kit sales. #DNA #AncestryDNA #MyHeritage

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Mar 22, 2018

Six Things to Do When Your DNA Match Doesn’t Have a Tree

It's a common complaint. Some of your DNA matches do not have a tree linked to them. But don't give up. Genetic genealogist Diahan Southard shares many ideas to make no-tree matches work for you. #DNA #familytree #DiahanSouthhard

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Mar 21, 2018

A Letter to a Stranger

Let's say you're adopted or discover that the man who raised you was not your biological father. Now, through DNA testing, you think you have found your paternal family. What's next? Laurie Pratt has written and shared a beautiful letter that introduces herself gently and respectfully. It's a good starting point for anyone in this situation. #DNA #LauriePraff #adoptee #birthparent

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Mar 20, 2018

Five Things You Need to Know About DNA Testing

Genealogist and blogger Amy Johnson Crow summarizes five key points about DNA testing. Her summary is short and gets directly to the key points. #DNA

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Mar 19, 2018

Shaking the Family Tree

This one magazine article covers several stories of adoptees finding family through DNA testing. Both CeCe Moore and Bennett Greenspan are quoted in the article. #DNA #adoptee

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Mar 16, 2018

How to Use DNAGedcom

DNAGedcom is a time-saving tool that can help you with your genealogy research. Some functions are free but getting the most from your DNA matches requires a small subscription. Blogger Roberta Estes shows you how she uses DNAGedcom. #DNA #DNAGedcom #RobertaEstes

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Mar 15, 2018

Donor-Conceived People Tracking Down Fathers

The same DNA tests that have helped thousands of adoptees identify their birth parents are helping children of sperm donors find their formerly anonymous fathers. This article was written in Canada but most of it applies to donor-conceived people anywhere. #DNA #DonorConceived

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