Saturday, September 10, 2016

Working with DNA results

If you're still befuddled by DNA and how it can help your genealogical research, I highly recommend a truly useful book that has just been published:  Genetic Genealogy in Practice, a workbook with exercises to work through real genealogical problems using the various techniques for analyzing DNA test results.  The authors are highly esteemed genetic genealogists, Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. 

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

If you missed the sale....

It looks like Family Tree DNA is now selling its Family Finder test for $79. Compare that to Ancestry $99 and to 23andMe $199.  FTDNA continues its reputation as the leader in DNA testing for genealogy. Remember, it is the only company that also offers Y-DNA, mtDNA, BigY and other tests, along with the analytical tools to use them, an ever-growing database, and the promise of ever-improving tools. It is certainly this genetic genealogist's company of choice.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Basics

For an overview of DNA testing with genealogy with special emphasis on how to use your results from autosomal testing (atDNA from Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA), check my website Doris's Genealogy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lowest price ever...

Family Tree DNA announces its best price ever on Family Finder and some great prices on other bundled tests. Read all about it here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

And the most important happening of all...

Family Tree DNA has just introduced a new feature that provides automatic phasing and improved matching. This is an exciting breakthrough with more to come. See

Friday, July 1, 2016

Current happenings in the world of DNA and genealogy

First, now is the time to order a DNA test from It's $79 through July 4th.

Second, and are both offering new ways to combine DNA results with genealogy. The Geni system is designed to work with Family Tree DNA Family Finder, Y-DNA and mtDNA test results, a unique approach, although Wikitree offers something similar... and for FREE. MyHeritage is accepting DNA uploads but hasn't launched its matching service yet. I'm sure that will come soon. One shortcoming, at least for now, is that they will deal only with autosomal DNA, not Y-DNA and mtDNA..