AncestryDNA Now Shows Shared cM in the Match List

Yay!  AncestryDNA just changed the format of the match list, adding the shared cM and number of shared segments for each match.  Here is an example of the new format: The new information is at the bottom. I have been using a work-around using MedBetterDNA Chrome extension (explained here:  MedBetterDNA – Improve the AncestryDNA Experience)… Continue reading AncestryDNA Now Shows Shared cM in the Match List

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BCG Day Lectures 2018 – October 19th

Every year top genealogists give a full day of lectures sponsored by the BCG, the Board for Certifying Genealogists.  This year, the lectures will be given on Friday, October 19th.  There is always great information.  I strongly recommend the lectures.  Register for free for each lecture on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. This year's… Continue reading BCG Day Lectures 2018 – October 19th

Upload to MyHeritage by December 1

Two months and counting.  There are only two months left to upload DNA from other websites to and get use of all of its features.  The announcement from MyHeritage: As of December 1, 2018, our policy regarding DNA uploads will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA… Continue reading Upload to MyHeritage by December 1

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AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Results

On September 12th, Ancestry released revised AncestryDNA ethnicity results.  Many more reference samples were added to define the various ethnicities, and new strategies have been applied to analyze the DNA.  This should result in more accurate results.  Of course these are not perfect.  (For more background see DNA Testing, What Do My Origin Percentages Mean?) … Continue reading AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Results

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Prologue Magazine from the National Archives

When I attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January, one of our case studies referenced a number of articles in Prologue Magazine, published by the National Archives.  This is a great resource to learn about American history and records from some of the experts at the National Archives.  All articles are online… Continue reading Prologue Magazine from the National Archives

New Tool at DNA Painter “What Are the Odds?” Helps Combine Match Probabilities

A wonderful new tool was released last month at DNA Painter, called "What Are the Odds?".  It expands on the already wonderful "Shared cM" tool.  The "Shared cM" tool takes in a DNA match size and returns the possible relationships between two individuals, with their corresponding probabilities.  The "What Are the Odds?" tool combines multiple… Continue reading New Tool at DNA Painter “What Are the Odds?” Helps Combine Match Probabilities

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Mayflower Lineage Match

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants has a service to compare a proposed lineage from a passenger on the Mayflower against previous research.  The service was recently renamed Mayflower Lineage Match, announced in this blog post.  Simply enter the proposed lineage on the Mayflower Lineage Match Form and submit online (or via paper).  The current… Continue reading Mayflower Lineage Match

Virtual Conference for Early New England, 14 July 2018

I love virtual conferences.  Lots of great content without the travel costs.  This Saturday, 14 July, 2018, the New England and Historical Genealogical Society is hosting their first virtual conference, titled "Researching 17th-Century New England: Genealogy, History, Legacy."  The cost is $125.  Lectures can be viewed live, noon to 6pm Eastern time, or after the… Continue reading Virtual Conference for Early New England, 14 July 2018

DNA in the News, Solving More Police Cases

DNA has been in the news a lot lately.  It started with the announcement that police had likely identified the Golden State Killer by using DNA matches to his DNA on Gedmatch.  Now additional cases are using similar methods. This weekend the New York Times published an article about five additional police cases.  The article… Continue reading DNA in the News, Solving More Police Cases

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