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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Oct 15, 2018

AncestryDNA Test Now on Sale for $69

The DNA test that everyone should do first is AncestryDNA. It has the largest database by far and the raw data from your test can be uploaded for free into other databases. It's now on sale in the U.S. for just $69. Sale ends 10/21/18. Use this link to get the sale price. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Oct 12, 2018

My Free DNA Testing Strategy

Take advantage of these free DNA testing offers.

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Oct 12, 2018

Free Webinar on Y-DNA Testing

If you're curious about Y-DNA testing, you should register for this free webinar. The speaker is Diahan Southard, one of my favorite DNA speakers. The title is "The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite" and the time is Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 PM PDT. #DNA #DiahanSouthard

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Oct 12, 2018

New, Bigger Haplotrees at Family Tree DNA

Thanks to their Big Y test and the only full sequence mitochondrial DNA test, Family Tree DNA has been able to add thousands of branches to the Y and mtDNA trees. Now anyone can view them. Use this link and then scroll to the bottom of the page for links to both the Y DNA Haplotree and the mtDNA Haplotree. #DNA #FTDNA.

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Oct 10, 2018

New Book Shares DNA Testing Adventure

DNA testing can uncover long-buried secrets. "Exposed By DNA" is a new book sharing the author's surprising discovery and the path she took to solving her personal mystery. I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for this story. #DNA #ExposedbyDNA

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Oct 09, 2018

MyHeritage DNA Test Reunites Siblings & Father

This summer MyHeritage provided 15,000 free DNA tests to adoptees and their families through the DNA Quest program. Success stories are starting to come in. This one involves two siblings in New Zealand that lived just 40 minutes from each other. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Oct 08, 2018

New Chrome Extension for AncestryDNA Matches

I use the Chrome Browser and just tried a new extension. It's called DNA Match Labeling and it lets you define up to eight colors, e.g. Paternal Grandmother, Maternal Grandfather etc.Then you can mark any of your genetic matches with the appropriate color. It's free. If you come up with a clever way to use it, please share it here. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Oct 05, 2018

Free DNA Transfers to MyHeritage Changing Soon

One of the best deals in DNA testing is going to end soon. If you have done AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Finder, or Living DNA, you can download your raw data and upload it for FREE into MyHeritage. This can yield more DNA matches from Europe than any other DNA test.

The policy will change on December 1, 2018. Transfers already in the system will retain all features. Transfers after that date will have to pay a fee for certain features. Details have not been announced. But I urge you to take advantage of the free transfer now to be grandfathered in.

Use this link. Look for Upload DNA, click the Start button and follow directions. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Oct 04, 2018

The Many Children of a Prolific Sperm Donor

A donor-conceived man in the Netherlands has already discovered almost 60 half-siblings through DNA testing. They have identified their common father and think there may be hundreds more siblings out there somewhere. #DNA

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Oct 03, 2018

Two Sisters Talk About Their Secret Shared Father

When DNA testing uncovers an NPE (Not the Parent Expected), life can get complicated. This story interviews two sisters about their relationships, emotions and the decisions they've made about who to tell and who not to tell. #DNA #NPE

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Oct 02, 2018

Video Training on Mirror Trees

If you're an adoptee or anyone trying to identify recent biological ancestors, you should watch this video about mirror trees. Crista Cowan and Angie Bush from Ancestry are the presenters. #DNA #mirrortrees

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Oct 01, 2018

Beat the 23andMe Price Increase

According to a source, 23andMe is raising the price of their Health + Ancestry test from $199 to $229. This link still has the old price at this moment. I suggest you try it now if you are interested in this test. My wife and I found it to be informative and very well explained. #DNA #23andMe

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Sep 28, 2018

Excellent Video Interview with CeCe Moore

My friend CeCe Moore has helped countless adoptees find lost families through genetic genealogy. Now she is using her unique experience to crack major unsolved crimes. MIT Technology Review interviews CeCe about her work in both areas. #DNA #CeCeMoore

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Sep 27, 2018

Registration for RootsTech 2019 is Now Open

The world's largest family history conference will be held from February 27 thru March 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I will be giving one of 300 presentations. The expo hall will have over 200 vendors who offer products and services to help us in our work. Registration is now open with early bird pricing. You can register for the entire conference or just one day. #RootsTech

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Sep 26, 2018

More Free DNA Test Uploads at MyHeritage

You can now download your raw data from the latest version of 23andMe and upload it for FREE to MyHeritage. The same is true for raw data from Living DNA.

Recent improvements to the MyHeritage DNA algorithms now allow them to support DNA data processed on GSA chips. You will get DNA matches and ethnicity estimates for free and you can contact your matches. Accessing genealogical records requires an optional subscription.

MyHeritage is the most popular family history and DNA service in Europe and now many Americans use it too. My family and I have found a lot of matches there. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Sep 26, 2018

Woman Finds Half Sisters through AncestryDNA Test

This woman took a DNA test because she was curious about her ethnicity. But an unexpected bonus was a direct match to one of two previously unknown half-siblings. My favorite line from the story: "They are family by blood and now by choice." #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Sep 25, 2018

Share Your DNA Success Story

While there are countless Facebook groups discussing genetic genealogy, there is ONE group specifically for sharing DNA success stories. Share any kind of success you had. Read about others. You can add comments to any story, but each new post must be a success story. This is a closed group but requests to join are usually accepted within a day at most. #DNA

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Sep 24, 2018

Reasons to Join Projects at Family Tree DNA

One thing that sets Family Tree DNA apart from other testing companies is the opportunity to join any of thousands of DNA projects. This brief summary explains what projects are, who runs them and why you should join. Project membership is free and voluntary.

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Sep 21, 2018

AncestryDNA Test Reunites Family

After almost six decades of separation, two siblings were reunited with the long-lost sister their mother gave up for adoption. It all came about because of DNA test kits given as Christmas gifts. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Sep 20, 2018

New Free Tool Puts County Lines on Google Maps

When I find a useful new genealogy tool, I can't help but share it. This site lets you enter a state or other US location and click GO. It opens Google Maps for that area with the addition of county lines. Try it.

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Sep 19, 2018

All the Facts About the Big Y-500 DNA Test for Men

I did the Big Y test at Family Tree DNA when it first came out. Now it's even better. The 500 in the name refers to the fact that it now yields 500 STR markers in addition to the cutting edge SNP testing. This page will answer your questions about the test. #DNA #FTDNA #BigY-500

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Sep 18, 2018

23andMe Finds Adoptee's Half-Sister in London

A 50-year old adoptee received a 23andMe DNA test kit for Christmas. Due to sealed records, he had never been able to learn anything about his biological family. A surprise match to a half-sister in London filled in the blank pages of his life. #DNA #23andMe

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Sep 17, 2018

Man Finds Half Brother and More at Family Tree DNA

Jeff didn't look like anyone in his family. So he and his brother did a DNA test and found that they had different fathers. Jeff uploaded his data to FTDNA's Family Finder where he instantly found a sister and an uncle on his paternal side. More searching led him to a second half-sister and a half-brother. #DNA #FTDNA

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Sep 14, 2018

American Man Discovers Brother in France thru DNA Test

It sounds like the plot of a movie. Allen's father landed in France on D-Day. Then he had a romance with a girl in the French Resistance before returning home and starting a family. He never knew he had fathered a son. And his son Allen never knew he had a French brother until they both did the MyHeritage DNA test. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Sep 13, 2018

DNA Solves 1954 Mystery of Infant Left in Phone Booth

A man abandoned in a phone booth 64 years ago did an AncestryDNA test and matched a first cousin. That led him to a half-sister and his 85-year old mother. Now he knows where he was born and who left him in the phone booth. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Sep 12, 2018

Don't Forget Y-DNA Testing for Men

Men have a unique advantage in genetic genealogy. We have a Y chromosome that can be tested to identify other men who share a direct paternal line ancestor with us. For adoptees and others, it can often reveal the last name of our biological father. It did for me. Family Tree DNA is the best company by far for Y-DNA testing with thousands of free surname projects run by volunteers. I recommend testing 37 or 67 markers. See this link to learn more: #DNA #Y-DNA #FamilyTreeDNA

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Sep 11, 2018

23andMe Test Exposes Unethical Fertility Doctor

A former doctor from a fertility clinic in Indiana surrendered his medical license after 23andMe DNA tests confirmed that he used his own sperm to impregnate patients. #DNA #23andMe

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Sep 10, 2018

How to Get the Benefits of a MyHeritage DNA Test for Free

If you have DNA test results from AncestryDNA, Family Finder, or 23andMe, you can download your raw data from your private account to your computer. Then you can upload the data to MyHeritage for FREE. You get genetic matches, which you can contact, and the MyHeritage ethnicity breakdown. Like Ancestry, this company has a huge repository of genealogical records that you can access with an OPTIONAL subscription. But it costs you nothing to enjoy the DNA features. #DNA #MyHeritage

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Sep 08, 2018

Ancestry DNA Test is just $69 on Sept 8 & 9

If you can only afford one DNA test, this is the one to get. It has the largest database and a steadily improving ethnic ancestry breakdown. Plus, you can use the data from this test to get into three other key databases for free. Sale ends 9/9/18. #DNA #AncestryDNA

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Sep 07, 2018

Living DNA Product Updates

Here's a recent update from the most intriguing new DNA test, Living DNA. Among other things, their innovative Family Networks feature is now in Beta testing. #DNA #LivingDNA

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