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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NGS Conference 2018 Streaming Lectures

The conference for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will be held May 2-5 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this year.  If you are like me and won't be attending in person, NGS offers three packages to watch live streamed lectures from the conference.  I will be purchasing the ten-lecture package again this year.  These is a… Continue reading NGS Conference 2018 Streaming Lectures

MedBetterDNA – Improve the AncestryDNA Experience

Recently I attended seminars by genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger.  During one of his lectures he recommended MedBetterDNA.  MedBetterDNA is a Chrome extension that brings all the person notes in AncestryDNA to the match list.  It makes notes visible at the top level, so you don't have to click down to a person to see them.… Continue reading MedBetterDNA – Improve the AncestryDNA Experience

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Gizmodo Article, How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

This week Gizmodo published an article about Genetics: "How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too."  The author's grandfather was an orphan, whose mother was later identified to him as a Syrian woman.  The author finds that DNA testing for herself and members of her family give ethnicity results that are not… Continue reading Gizmodo Article, How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

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Comparing Ethnicity Estimates at Four DNA Testing Companies

Have you had your DNA tested by one of the major DNA testing companies?  Have you seen your ethnicity results?  Do you believe them? Last year, after testing most of my family's oldest generation, I finally decided to take DNA tests myself.  (See My DNA Results are Back; Break Out the Chocolate! and I Took A Second DNA… Continue reading Comparing Ethnicity Estimates at Four DNA Testing Companies

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