Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tools keep getting better

Such a treasure of riches in DNA world! Not a month goes by, it seems, that we aren't treated to new and wonderful ways to discover, organize, analyze and use our DNA matches to enhance and extend our genealogy.

If you haven't discovered DNAPainter yet, or if you are already addicted, Jonny Perl has now made it even better. Still free, there is now a subscription option for advanced function. See the announcement. That seems to be a growing trend. Rootsfinder, another free excellent tree-building program, provides a subscription offering that includes some mind-blowing DNA features. If you haven't tried it yet, you're in for a treat -- and you can use the DNA features through October for free. An upgrade is expected then that promises to make this a must-have program. Get started now.

If you haven't transferred your raw data from wherever you tested to MyHeritage yet, you have until December 1 to transfer for free. After that, new transfers will cost you. They have some very good features, and it's well worthwhile to do so. Of course, remember, I'm a fan of playing in all the data pools. You never know where that cousin match you need to unlock a stubborn link has tested.

Still another deadline looms, this one for LivingDNA. This company promises to unveil very soon a revolutionary approach to matching. Be sure to get in on the ground floor, either via a free transfer or a new test.

Finally, don't forget the added value of testing with Family Tree DNA. It's the only company that offers the full spectrum of DNA testing. (The Y-DNA and mtDNA test results you get from other companies are just the tip of the iceburg.) It too has some innovative features.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

FTDNA Summer Sale

Good news for all who are waiting for better prices to take advantage of the full spectrum of DNA testing! See this blog for details.

This is a great opportunity to round out your testing for genealogy. Only FamilyTreeDNA does it all.

  • Test all your family members, oldest first, with at least Family Finder (or transfer autosomal tests done with other companies to Family Finder).
  • Test at least one male in each of your lines for Y-DNA.
  • Test your direct paternal line with Big Y for deep ancestral roots.
  • Test at least one person in each line for mtDNA.
  • Post your family tree at FTDNA.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Father's Day Sales

DNA Sales for Father’s Day
• 23and me $69 until June 17 with free gift wrap
• Ancestry $69 until June 18
• Family Tree DNA $59 until June 18. 25% off many other products
• MyHeritage $59 until June 17

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A refresher on using atDNA

The reason we do autosomal testing for genealogy -- with Ancestry, Family Finder at Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and 23andMe -- is to learn where our DNA matches fit into our trees. Our closest matches, at the top of our match lists, are parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The rest are cousins -- first, second, third, etc., or half-cousins, etc. Once we find a match that fits in the family of GGGGGF Tom Jones and his wife, for example, we work together with the match to find our Common Ancestor. Then we look for other matches that we share with that person and expand Tom Jones' genealogy by adding generations, up and down. So we're always looking for people who match us and other people.

We want to find those who match bits and pieces of our DNA. To do that, we use tools like Gedmatch, DNAPainter, RootsFinder, or the new DNA Matrix in Charting Companion. Ancestry gives us a headstart with its Shared Matches. FTDNA provides chromosome mapping, a matrix tool,  ICW, its version of Ancestry's shared matches, and a phasing tool as part of its Family Tree feature. MyHeritage and 23andMe both provide full triangulation. For many more tools and many more matches, you must use Gedmatch.

The best strategy today is to test with Ancestry, which has the largest database, then download your raw data and upload that file to Gedmatch, FTDNA, and MyHeritage -- for free! You may want to pay for full access to FTDNA for $19 and occasionally spend $10 for a month's access to Gedmatch, but these are optional.

And if you're still befuddled, read this book by Blaine T. Bettinger: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Important! Today Only!

This link will take you to an announcement by 23andMe that they will accept transfers from Ancestry today only:    https://www.23andme.com/discover23/

Sunday, April 22, 2018

DNA Day sales are here

All the companies are extending good offers for this limited time sale. As usual, the best offers for a long-time investment in your DNA testing come from Family Tree DNA, which provides reduced prices  for tests, bundles and upgrades, as well as an exciting new Big Y-500. Remember, only FTDNA has a full selection of tests.

Scam Alert!

While I cannot verify all the statements in this article, it is important that we "consider the source" in everything in life.  If you follow the tenet "better safe than sorry," you will want to read this carefully:  https://mailchi.mp/genealogybargains/dna-testing-scams.