New AncestryDNA Traits from AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA has a new add-on called AncestryDNA Traits.  Traits costs $9.99 and is available to people who have already tested with AncestryDNA. Traits gives the user access to twelve appearance traits and four sensory traits.  The appearance traits, "Do you have the genes for curly or straight hair? Blue or brown eyes? See what your… Continue reading New AncestryDNA Traits from AncestryDNA

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2018 International Genetic Genealogy Conference Next Month

This year's International Genetic Genealogy Conference will be held December 7-9 in San Diego.  Registration information is here: http://i4gg.org/registration/.  I just saw CeCe Moore speak last weekend, and she is amazing.  She will be speaking at this conference along with Blaine Bettinger, Kitty Cooper, Angie Bush, and many others.  It sells out, so register sooner… Continue reading 2018 International Genetic Genealogy Conference Next Month

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MyHeritage Live, 2-4 November 2018

MyHeritage is hosting their first-ever genealogy conference in one week, 2-4 November 2018.  Attendees in Oslo, Norway, can see lectures and have the option to sign up for workshops.  The lectures, in a Genealogy track and a DNA track, also will be broadcast live.  Lectures are on Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th, since… Continue reading MyHeritage Live, 2-4 November 2018

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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Upload to MyHeritage by December 1

Two months and counting.  There are only two months left to upload DNA from other websites to MyHeritage.com 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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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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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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