Tag Archives: DNA testing

DNA Testing – Ethnicity Estimates – 2020 Edition

When I was young my identity was clear, I was from “the top end of North Yorkshire”. My Mum grew up in a village 3 miles from where I lived and my Dad in a different village 2 miles away. … Continue reading

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Health, Death, Genetics and the Genealogist.

 Introduction As the market for DNA tests for genealogists matures, it has been natural for the genetic genealogy companies to leverage their customer base into further DNA testing. Recently genetic genealogy companies MyHeritage, LivingDNA and Ancestry have all announced DNA … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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