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There is quite an uproar over AncestryDNA's announced plan to eliminate smaller matches within the 6 cM to 8 cM range. This is particularly true among people of African ancestry who have no paper trails to follow during the era of slavery. This exhaustive report at Tracing African Roots explains why this is a problem and what to do about it.
MyHeritage has two great features that let you enhance and colorize photos. Normally, only 10 photos can be enhanced or colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan. But for a while, you can enhance and colorize as many photos as you’d like for free! This ends 9/10/20.
Today there are many consumer DNA tests that focus on health and well-being. I've taken several of them myself. Here's a brief overview of the topic.
This story shows how DNA testing, other research, and lots of patience can solve a variety of family mysteries.
If you're looking for clients, speaking engagements, or have a book or cause to promote, Instagram can be a great tool. That's why I registered for George Kao's online Instagram for Business course. I'd love to have you join me as I take this course. The first session is on August 12.
With more than 18 million users, AncestryDNA is the most important DNA test for every genealogist and adoptee. With a current sale price of just $59, now is the time to order multiple tests for yourself and others you may wish to test later. Test kits can be stored and used far into the future. Sale ends on 8/17/20. See this link:
MyHeritage is the number one DNA test in Europe and is now quite popular in the US. The test includes many great tools for understanding and working with your matches. It is sale priced at $49 through August 19, 2020. See this link:
Here's what a new reviewer on Amazon says about my book: "I've read lots of books on adoption searches, and this is by far the best. It is well-organized and clearly written, with a little suspense added at the end of each chapter. This book even has a dramatic twist at the end that you may not see coming. The book reveals that instinct, and hard work, and knowing when to ask for help are every bit as important to the success of the search as DNA matches." Finding Family is available in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.
I've been writing about this subject since my pioneering success 13 years ago. The process is much easier today with more powerful DNA tests and bigger databases. Here's a brief summary of the process.
Right now you can save $20 to $50 each on all the DNA tests at Family Tree DNA. Order two different tests in a bundle and save another $9. Even upgrades are sale priced. Click this link to see all the tests and prices.
Earlier I mentioned that I will be giving two different presentations on DNA testing for the We Are Cousins conference. I am looking forward to other presentations, including one on the "What Are the Odds?" tool. The last day to get the early registration price is this Friday, July 31, 2020.
You have probably heard the term "triangulation" applied to genetic genealogy. The term is used in different ways to mean different things. Blogger Debbie Kennett explores this subject and includes many links to additional resources.
Some of you own a business or need to attract clients. You want to market yourself in an ethical manner. George Kao is the master of authentic marketing and I highly recommend his online classes and workshops.
Many forms of inherited breast cancer are related to two abnormal genes called BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 (the abbreviation BRCA is taken from BReast CAncer). Some DNA tests include BRCA genetic testing to see if you have a predisposition to breast cancer. Read this post to learn more.
Instead of spending big bucks on travel and lodging, you can watch 8 live presentations (on 9/2/20)and a selection of over 90 on-demand presentations over the next six months. There will be about 20 presentations on DNA testing, including three by me. Early Bird Registration ends August 15, 2020. There are three different packages to fit your learning and budget needs. A FREE Conference Syllabus is included with all registrations.
DNA testing company 23andMe has combined genetic analysis with shipping records of the boats that operated during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. The result is fresh insight into the roots of African ancestry in the Americas.
While this article is from Ireland, the types of stories covered are happening all over. Whether by accident, through mere curiosity, or as part of deliberate and painstaking detective work, individuals are finding out about a hidden biological parent or an unknown sibling.
I am a huge fan of genetic genealogy DNA testing. It has enlarged my family and changed my life for the better. But not every reunion with lost family members goes well. This blog post reminds us that surprises are possible and not always positive.
One of the most useful independent sites for genetic genealogists is GEDmatch. It's also the one used by CeCe Moore and others to solve major crimes. On July 19 they experienced a security breach and promptly took the site down. They have been properly transparent about this and are working with a cybersecurity firm to implement the best possible security measures. For more information, you can visit their Facebook Page.
The uproar over Ancestry's planned purge of 6-8 cM matches continues to be big news. Roberta Estes points out that those segments are necessary for African-Americans to trace their pre-slavery roots. She goes on to suggest some immediate and long-term solutions.
Yesterday's post on this subject generated a huge amount of discussion. Another genetic genealogy expert explains why eliminating matches that share less than 8 cM with you will be a good thing overall.
Ancestry just announced that they will remove smaller matches from our DNA match lists around the first of August. Not all of them will be false matches. But there are things you can do to save the ones that matter most to you. Blogger Roberta Estes provides preservation strategies with detailed instructions in this post.
I will be giving two presentations on DNA topics at a new online genealogy conference set for September 23-25. One is on “Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test” and the other is on “Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies.” By registering, you can access all recorded presentations until November 30, 2020. More speakers are still being added. Check it out.
That's a question I get from time to time. The answer isn't as simple as you might think. You can read this article to see what I mean by that.
I just checked Goodreads and noticed that my book has 100 reviews. Here's a recent one: "A fascinating read, chock full of information. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend this book for anyone who has ever considered exploring their family tree. Reads like a mystery, and there is much that can be learned through the author's experience." If you read "Finding Family" but have not yet reviewed it, please consider adding one to Goodreads. Fresh reviews help maintain interest in the book and can encourage people to try DNA testing. That means more matches for you and me.
As you may have heard, Ancestry has blocked the use of automated clustering tools on its site. But you can still cluster your matches manually. Jim Bartlett explains how to do that.
For much of the world, the migration routes of ancient ancestors are fairly obvious. But not for remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. This article in The New York Times summarizes some fascinating new research.
MyHeritage is the fastest-growing, most globally diverse DNA database. Their AutoClusters and Theory of Family Relativity are powerful tools for figuring out how your genetic matches are related to you. You also get an ethnicity breakdown and a chromosome browser. During this sale, the test is just $49. Order two or more and get free shipping. Sale ends July 20, 2020.
If you go back far enough, we are all related. So some of the relationships in this blog post are not that surprising. But our fascination with celebrities, the British Royal Family, U.S. Presidents, and sports stars makes such lists hard to resist. Take a look.
Hopefully, you have uploaded both your raw DNA and a GEDCOM file of your family tree at GEDmatch. They have a powerful new tool that can find the most recent common ancestors for you and your DNA matches. Roberta Estes provides a detailed explanation in this blog post.
I will be giving two presentions on DNA topics at a new online genealogy conference set for September 23-25. By registering, you can access all recorded presentations until November 30, 2020. More speakers are still being added. Check it out.
To get the most out of genetic genealogy you need to combine genetic matching with family trees. If you have a family tree on Ancestry, you can download a GEDCOM file and upload it to several DNA sites. Blogger Roberta Estes explains exactly how to do that.
DNA has become the definitive answer to proving relationships. But what if a woman gives birth to children who don't share her DNA? This article provides a vivid example of a rare situation.
Would you like to start a business? Write a book? Create videos? Develop and market an online course? Or just manage your time better? George Kao offers many online courses and I have personally benefitted from his wisdom and mentoring over the years. Check out his current course list at this link.
Like many adults, the woman in this story learned she had been conceived through artificial insemination. A DNA test provided much-needed answers. Plus, she met her sperm donor father and discovered how much they had in common.
This is such a great deal that I ordered it myself. Nebula Genomics will decode 100% of your DNA for just $299. This Whole Genome Sequencing produces 10,000 times more data than tests like 23andMe. Then they send you weekly health updates based on the latest scientific discoveries. Getting all the updates requires a subscription and the LIFETIME subscription is also sale priced. GREAT TIP FOR GENEALOGISTS: You can transfer your Y-DNA and mtDNA results into the databases at Family Tree DNA. So this is better and cheaper than doing Big Y-700 and the Full Mitochondrial Sequence tests.
There are many ways that DNA can combat racist thinking. Genetic genealogist Diahan Southard shares her thoughts on this important topic.
I was the first adoptee to identify my birth family through genetic genealogy DNA tests. I shared my story in "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA." My book has been chosen for inclusion in the Summer Reading Collection of the Bas Bleu print catalog and website from now through July. Here is the listing with their editor’s comments:
How ABO blood types can sometimes save you the cost of a DNA paternity test
You may have read about ancient humans known as Neanderthals or Denisovans. The presence of their DNA in the modern human genome confirms that there was interbreeding with our species. This article shares some interesting findings.
This is one of the best Father's Day stories I read over the weekend. A Vietnamese "leftover" immigrates to the United States, eventually becomes a police officer, and then discovers his GI father through a DNA test.
If you tested with the Genographic Project from National Geographic, your last chance to preserve your results and advance science is June 30, 2020. Fortunately, you can transfer your results into Family Tree DNA if you act now. Blogger Roberta Estes explains exactly what you can do.
Most of us don't get into genealogy until we are older. When we try to get our kids interested in it, they just roll their eyes. Watch this New Jersey teenager as he works with genealogical records and DNA test results for his clients.
In my presentations on DNA topics, I avoid getting into the science of DNA replication. You can use DNA testing as a genealogy tool without knowing all that. But some people want to know more and may find this article interesting.
Whole Genome Sequencing decodes 100% of your DNA and produces 10,000 times more data than other DNA tests. Nebula Genomics does this at 30x quality. The test and a lifetime subscription to new reports are both sale-priced for Father's Day. Users get full access to their genomic data, weekly updates based on the latest scientific discoveries, advanced ancestry analysis and powerful genome exploration tools. This test includes 100% of a man's Y chromosome and all the mitochondrial DNA. Privacy is excellent. Click the Buy Now button and select "Unlimited Lifetime Access" as the subscription option.
Not long ago, MyHeritage introduced a feature where you can upload a photo to their site and create a colorized copy. Now they have another tool that brings blurry faces in any photo into sharp focus. I've tried it and it's amazing. Watch this short video to see several examples.
Dora Rapaport and her 2-year-old daughter Eva were captured by the Nazis during World War II and deported to Auschwitz. They were separated shortly thereafter and never saw each other again. Dora survived the war, married, and had two more daughters, Jean and Dena, but never gave up the search for Eva. Her daughters decided to take a MyHeritage DNA test and received a DNA Match to Clare, the daughter of Eva, their long-lost sister. Watch their reunion on the TODAY show.
Do you ever pass up on opportunities to share your knowledge with others? Are you an introvert? George Kao has been a mentor and educator to me for many years. I have completed several of his classes and he is now offering a course in Emotional Freedom Techniques. Check it out if you are interested.
In my presentations about DNA testing for genealogy and adoption search purposes, I deliberately avoid the science discussion. It's not necessary to use genetic genealogy as a tool. But some people want to learn more about DNA itself. Here's an article that tackles the subject.
FGS Virtual Conference includes about 20 presentations on DNA testing, three of them by me. Available for watching over a 6-month period. Register now.
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