Sunday, December 10, 2017

And another tool for DNA and genealogy...

Have you heard about DNAPainter? This new tool is not only useful; it's fun and easy to use, and it provides a visual presentation of your very own chromosome map that shows, in full color, which ancestor passed which segment(s) of DNA down to you. A caveat: It can only be used if you have tested with FamilyTreeDNA or 23andME or have uploaded your DNA data to Gedmatch. Ancestry and others do not provide the data needed, but you can join Gedmatch and FamilyTreeDNA for free and then reap the benefits of DNAPainter (as well as all the other tools provided by Gedmatch and FTDNA).

Health information, anyone?

In case you didn't know, 23andMe is not the only game in town for learning about how your specific genetic makeup affects your health. Promethease has been around for a while now and, while its reports are not as pretty or as understandable as those you get from 23andMe, they are even more comprehensive. The cost? Just $5.00 if you upload your raw results from any of the major DNA testing companies. But there are some things you need to know. My friend and colleague spells them out in her usual thoughtful way today in her blog, The Legal Genealogist: Promethease Promotion.