New Ethnicity Estimates at FamilyTreeDNA

FamilyTreeDNA has released a new set of ethnicity estimates. In this iteration, FamilyTreeDNA has defined 90 population groups, significantly more than the previous 24. A map showing the new groups is in FamilyTreeDNA blog post MyOrigins 3.0 is Here! Here is an example of the new results, for myself: FamilyTreeDNA Origins version 3 Here are… Continue reading New Ethnicity Estimates at FamilyTreeDNA

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New Gedmatch Tool: Find common ancestors (MRCA) from DNA matches

One of my favorite DNA websites, Gedmatch, just came out with a new tool.  This is pretty cool.  The tool will compare your attached Gedcom against the Gedcoms of your matches, and report ancestors in common. Here is my result when running the tool on my kit: Detail: The short minute or so to run… Continue reading New Gedmatch Tool: Find common ancestors (MRCA) from DNA matches

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France a Weak Area in Ancestry Ethnicity Estimates

DNA ethnicity estimation has improved significantly from its earliest days.  In my article DNA Testing, What Do My Origin Percentages Mean? from 2016, I noted that ethnicity estimates are generally accurate to the continent level, and should improve with time.  Now two of the major testing companies are attempting to pinpoint origins in regions within… Continue reading France a Weak Area in Ancestry Ethnicity Estimates

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MyHeritage Photo Colorization

This is really cool.  MyHeritage has just added a photo colorization tool.  It extrapolates the colors that were likely present when a photo was taken, and adds those colors to the photo.  RootsTech is coming up next week, so now is the season for announcements from genealogy companies.  Judging by the positive response to this… Continue reading MyHeritage Photo Colorization

Mayflower Costuming for the 400th Anniversary

This year we celebrate 400 years since the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock.  Many will be celebrating this year and next year, the 400th anniversary of the first Pilgrims' Thanksgiving.  My daughter and I were invited to ride on the Mayflower float in the 2020 Rose Parade.  We needed to wear period-appropriate pilgrim… Continue reading Mayflower Costuming for the 400th Anniversary