Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fantastic news from MyHeritage!

Finally, one of the major companies has given us triangulation. Everyone should now upload their autosomal results from any of the other companies (free transfer).

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Are you doing LivingDNA yet?

This British firm holds great promise, I think. It has a good track record for British DNA and is broadening its horizons at a good pace. We can all help by either testing there or uploading our raw data from tests we've already taken. New tests include limited Y-DNA and mtDNA as well as autosomal; transferred raw data does not. A drawback has been that their focus is ethnicity rather than genealogy, but that is soon to change. Read its latest blog for details about its new approach to DNA matching: Be sure to check out their research project too:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Does your genealogy need a boost?

(This is excerpted from the DNA section of my website.)

As the popularity of DNA testing grows, more programs, apps, and creative ways to use our results are being developed. It's hard to keep up, but here are a few that I either have used sucessfully or use today as essential tools:
  • DNAPainter
  • Rootsfinder
  • DNAGedcom
  • Genome Mate Pro
Chrome Extensions include (1)MedBetterDNA that allows you to see your Notes on your Match pages at Ancestry and even sort paternal vs. maternal if you flag them and (2)Pedigree Thief that lets you convert a public Ancestry tree to Ahnentafel format. Facebook and Google Groups can be extremely useful. Some of my favorites at Facebook areGenetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques,  All Genetic Genealogy, DNAAdoption (not just for adoptees), and others. Don't overlook user groups for DNAPainter, Gedmatch, RootsFinder, etc. Family organizations, Rootsweb mailing lists, and surname groups everywhere can be incredibly useful, as always.