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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23andMe Collaborates with FamilySearch

This is an exciting development.  Today one of my 23andMe profiles was invited to add tree information from FamilySearch.  Relatively few people have added family information to their 23andMe profiles, possibly because many took the test for the health information.  Hopefully this will encourage more uses to get interested in the family connection aspect of… Continue reading 23andMe Collaborates with FamilySearch

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23andMe Health Test New Tax Treatment

DNA testing company 23andMe has been in the the news recently.  This week The Wall Street Journal published  IRS Greenlights Tax Breaks for Buyers of 23andMe Geneticts Tests.  The tax break article describes a new ruling by the IRS.  Now some costs related to 23andMe health testing can use FSA or HSA medical spending account… Continue reading 23andMe Health Test New Tax Treatment

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New AncestryDNA Communities

Ancestry recently announced they have created several more AncestryDNA communities.  These 225 new communities are focused on the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and French North America.  The announcement is here. Ancestry communities are formed by combining information in Ancestry family trees with DNA match information.  This is different from ethnicity percentages, which compares a… Continue reading New AncestryDNA Communities

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Gedmatch Contacts Users about Terms of Service and Law Enforcement Use

This is perhaps a first.  This morning Gedmatch emailed its users to explain the new terms of service.  Recently all kits were opted-out of law enforcement searching.  Some people have opted-in, but not all members of the community were aware of this change. Now the full database has been contacted (or attempted to be contacted). … Continue reading Gedmatch Contacts Users about Terms of Service and Law Enforcement Use

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