Category Archives: Genetic Genealogy

RootsTech London 2019 – show report

“Build a Show and they will come” (or something like that). Those were the words of Steve Rockwood, President and CEO of FamilySearch during his keynote speech, opening the  RootsTech London 2019. He was, naturally, paraphrasing the famous line from … Continue reading

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Finding Roy’s Grandparent – How DNA testing helps your research

Foreword I have been involved in ‘genetic genealogy’ since I took a DNA test at 23andMe in 2012. Whilst I have found such testing interesting and occasionally useful, I’ve never used it for something “really important“. However, for the last … Continue reading

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Show Report – Family Tree Live – 26th/27th April 2019

Last weekend I got out of the house and actually out of the country to visit Family Tree Live, held at the rather spectacular Alexandra Palace in London . This is one of the many Family History shows on offer … Continue reading

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Managing your DNA matches with Excel

Normally when I write something here it’s because I think I have something useful to say. This time I want to write about how I record my DNA matches in Excel. I’ll be honest, I’m sure I’m not the first … Continue reading

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Ancestry 2019 Update – the new Common Ancestors feature

One of the key new features of the 2019 update to the Ancestry group of websites is the Common Ancestor feature. This is a little different, both in content and display, from Ancestry’s previous Shared Ancestor Hints feature. Common Ancestors … Continue reading

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Ancestry.com 2019 website update – New DNA pages, better management options

Yesterday (15th Feb.) I received an update to how my DNA results were displayed. Somehow, I’ve been on of the lucky testers who get some of the Beta features before they are made available system-wide. Last year it was an … Continue reading

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Opinion – FamilyTreeDNA must decide if they are for genealogists or law enforcement agencies

I’m really sorry about the click-bate headline, I promise not to do it again. I was also rather hoping that I didn’t need to write a post about privacy issues at familytreedna.com. However, last week, a story broke in Buzzfeednews that … Continue reading

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