Category Archives: Genetic Genealogy

BigY is Working

About a year ago I wrote about the results of my BigY test, the discovery test of large parts of the male y chromosome. I thought it was worthwhile to post an update on my results and to explain why … Continue reading

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Ancestry.com Ethnicity Update 2018 – A more precise Viking

Today (6th June 2018) I received an update to the Ethnicity Estimates created from my DNA at Ancestry.com. This is part of an updates to ethnicities that Ancestry.com are gradually rolling out. I thought it was worth reviewing the updates … Continue reading

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The moral maze of DNA testing

Last week something long-expected happened in the sleepy world of genetic genealogy. The news broke that police in California had used a database of DNA testers to identify the “Golden State Killer”, believed to be responsible for at least 12 … Continue reading

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yDNA whole chromomsome testing – The Whats and Whys of FamilyTreeDNA’s BigY test

Recently I got the results back from my Y chromosome test at FamilyTreeDNA. I want to share my results and use them to illustrate the benefits of taking such a test. I’ve writen this article for people who are interested … Continue reading

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Gencove DNA testing for genealogy – Review

Gencove is a new company to watch in the world of DNA testing. Like the Illumina-backed Helix, the company is offering a a platform for developers to build applications around the DNA samples that Gencove manages. Whilst Gencove will take … Continue reading

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My X-chromosome Inheritance – the hunt for Mr.X

One of my favourite family board games is “Scotland Yard, the Hunt for Mr. X“. In this game you have 24 turns for a team of players to find the Spy (Mr.X) as he moves around the streets of London. … Continue reading

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Ethnicity Estimates and Britishness – 2017 Edition

Lets face it, “Ethnicity Estimates”, i.e. analysing your DNA to break down your ancestry into different regional world populations, are fun. In certain circumstances it can be useful for a genealogist, for example researching an unknown recent ancestor. At a more … Continue reading

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