New Genetic Associations of Parkinsons Disease Identified Thru DNA Testing

I was one of about 370,000 folks that participated in this study – one of the approximately 360,000 that did not have Parkinsons. Following is a teaser from the full article at the 23andMe blog. DNA testing is allowing thousands of us to make scientific contributions – a side benefit to having our DNA tested for family history purposes.

Researchers at 23andMe and Genentech have identified 17 new genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s disease, almost doubling the total number of known risk variants for the condition, which gives scientists hints at potential new targets for drugs to treat the disease.

The work is part of a multi-year collaboration between the two companies begun in early 2015 aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s.

Read the full article.

Ancestry DNA Tests Are 30% Off – Just $69 Until Tuesday, August 15


Ancestry is running a Summer Promo on their Autosomal DNA Testing kits. Click on the above illustration to purchase a test at 30% off – making it just $69! I’ve bought many of the tests for myself, my family and friends in the last several years. I’ve always been pleased with the new cousins and genealogy leads that I get from Ancestry’s DNA test. The sale ends on Tuesday, August 15 – so order today!

Please note that I have an affiliate relationship with Ancestry.com and AncestryDNA.

For Canadians Only! – MyHeritage DNA Kits – Only $69 (USD) Through July 5

For Canadians Only!

MyHeritage is running a Canada Day promo on their Autosomal DNA test – cutting the price to just $69 until July 5. That’s again the best price that they’ve ever offered. Order 3 kits or more, and they add free shipping. Click on this link.

Note that Americans clicking on the links will be redirected to the current $79 sale price offered by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.

All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.

DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Canada Day!

Mother and Adopted Daughter Meet For the First Time!

Robin never forgot the daughter she gave birth to at the age of 15. She’d counted the baby’s fingers and toes. The girl was perfect — and she never saw her again.

Becky wanted to find her birth mother from the time she discovered she’d been adopted. She wanted to know where she came from.

Becky was engaged when she took a MyHeritage DNA test, with her fiancé’s support, to learn of her heritage.

Robin had her DNA tested as a part of a family history project.

View the following video by clicking on the illustration to learn their story:

Following are links to blogs I’ve done in the past about their DNA test:

Canadians! Click here to order your MyHeritage DNA test for only $69 (USD) today!

By the way, I get matches to new cousins every few days from my MyHeritage DNA testing that I had done last February. On March 28, I had 1; on April 2, I had 1; April 10, I had 4; April 14, I had 2, April 30, I had 2; May 7, I had 3; May 9, I had 1; May 14, I had 1; May 21, I had 3; May 28, I had 5; June 4, I had 3; June 11, I had 1; and on June 18, I got 4. I can’t keep up!

UPLOAD YOUR DNA TEST RESULTS to MyHeritage – It’s FREE!
If you have tested your DNA with other autosomal DNA test providers than MyHeritage DNA, you can easily upload the DNA raw data file to MyHeritage.com to get a comprehensive Ethnicity Estimate and DNA Matches. It’s entirely free, and you will find more relatives! Click here to Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and enjoy free DNA Matching and Ethnicity Estimates.

Please note – I have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritage and MyHeritage DNA. I receive a small portion of any sales made by my readers clicking on the above links, and purchasing.

Classes at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour Include a DNA Track & One-on-One Analytics

The classes being offered at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour are now posted at the website. Based on the overwhelming success of Regina Negrycz’s DNA presentation in 2016, we’ve asked her back to present a week-long DNA-oriented series. In addition to the lectures, Regina has agreed to do one-on-ones with Christmas Tour attendees, helping them analyze their data!

See Regina’s Ancestral Beginnings website.

So – Anyone coming to the Christmas Tour in 2017 should plan on bringing their DNA data if they want to go over it with Regina.

Regina’s lectures at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour are as follows:

  • Navigating Your 23&Me Results
  • Answering your AncestryDNA Questions
  • Reviewing FTDNA Tests and Results
  • Exploring MyHeritage DNA
  • Mapping Your DNA to Create Your Genetic Fan Chart

Lectures will also be given by the following speakers (with number of lectures in parentheses):

  • Thomas MacEntee (10)
  • Lisa Alzo (5)
  • Arlene Eakle (3)
  • Leland K Meitzler (1)
  • Raymon Nesbitt – FamilySearch (1)
  • Ron Tanner – FamilySearch (1)
  • Maureen MacDonald (1)
  • Anna Swayne – Ancestry DNA (1)
  • Dwight Radford (1)
  • Kevan Hansen (1)
  • Bruce Buzbee – RootsMagic Developer (1)
  • Loni Gardner (1)

I will write more about the above presenters and their planned presentations in upcoming articles.

MyHeritage DNA Tests – Only $69 for Father’s Day – Until June 19

MyHeritage is running a Fathers’s Day promo on their Autosomal DNA test – cutting the price to just $69 until June 19. That’s again the best price that they’ve ever offered. Order 3 kits or more, and they add free shipping. Click on this link.

MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.

All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.

DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Mother and Adopted Daughter Meet For the First Time!

Robin never forgot the daughter she gave birth to at the age of 15. She’d counted the baby’s fingers and toes. The girl was perfect — and she never saw her again.

Becky wanted to find her birth mother from the time she discovered she’d been adopted. She wanted to know where she came from.

Becky was engaged when she took a MyHeritage DNA test, with her fiancé’s support, to learn of her heritage.

Robin had her DNA tested as a part of a family history project.

View the following video by clicking on the illustration to learn their story:

Following are links to blogs I’ve done in the past about their DNA test:

Click here to order your MyHeritage DNA test today!

By the way, I get matches to new cousins every few days from my MyHeritage DNA testing that I had done last February. On March 28, I had 1; on April 2, I had 1; April 10, I had 4; April 14, I had 2, April 30, I had 2; May 7, I had 3; May 9, I had 1; May 14, I had 1; May 21, I had 3; May 28, I had 5; June 4, I had 3; and June 11, I had another 1… I can’t keep up!

UPLOAD YOUR DNA TEST RESULTS to MyHeritage – It’s FREE!
If you have tested your DNA with other autosomal DNA test providers than MyHeritage DNA, you can easily upload the DNA raw data file to MyHeritage.com to get a comprehensive Ethnicity Estimate and DNA Matches. It’s entirely free, and you will find more relatives! Click here to Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and enjoy free DNA Matching and Ethnicity Estimates.

Please note – I have an affiliate relationship with MyHeritage and MyHeritage DNA. I receive a small portion of any sales made by my readers clicking on the above links, and purchasing.

MyHeritage Launches New Comprehensive DNA Ethnicity Analysis

The following news release was written by MyHeritage staff:

MyHeritage DNA’s new Ethnicity Estimate covers 42 different ethnic regions, more than any other major DNA company; and is uniquely provided for free to those who upload their DNA data from other services

Click on the illustration to watch a 50-second video.

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, May 30, 2017 – MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, and the makers of the successful MyHeritage DNA product, today announced the launch of its new and improved Ethnicity Estimate. The new analysis, developed by the company’s science team, provides MyHeritage DNA customers with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic regions, many available only on MyHeritage, representing the most comprehensive report of its type available on the market. This fascinating report gives users a much better understanding of who they are and where their ancestors came from. The Ethnicity Estimate is presented in an original and engaging format, making it not only interesting but also fun to watch and share.

MyHeritage is unique among the main industry players in allowing users who have tested their DNA already with another service to upload – for free – their data to MyHeritage. Those users receive DNA Matches for free, for finding relatives based on shared DNA. Beginning this week, users who have already uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage, or who will upload it in the coming months, will receive – for free – the new Ethnicity Estimate. This benefit is not offered by any other major DNA company.

Development of the new Ethnicity Estimate raises the number of ethnic regions covered by MyHeritage DNA from 36 to 42. It was made possible thanks to MyHeritage’s Founder Populations project — one of the largest of its kind ever conducted. For this unique project, more than 5,000 participants were handpicked by MyHeritage from its 90 million strong user base, by virtue of their family trees exemplifying consistent ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. All project participants received complimentary DNA tests and allowed MyHeritage’s science team to develop breakthrough ethnicity models based on the generated data. Thanks to this analysis, MyHeritage DNA has become the only mass-market percentage-based DNA test that reveals ethnicities such as Balkan; Baltic; Eskimo & Inuit; Japanese; Kenyan; Sierra Leonean; Somali; four major Jewish groups – Ethiopian, Yemenite, Sephardic from North Africa and Mizrahi from Iran and Iraq; Indigenous Amazonian; Papuan and many others. In some cases, competing products can identify and report an aggregated region (e.g., Italian & Greek), whereas MyHeritage has better resolution and identifies Greek, Italian and Sardinian ethnicities separately.

MyHeritage’s new Ethnicity Estimate is delivered to users via a captivating “reveal” experience (view example). It features animation and, as of this week, also original music composed by MyHeritage. Each of the 42 ethnicities has a distinctive tune, based on the region’s cultural elements; all tunes seamlessly connect to each other. This makes the report fun to watch and share over social media.

MyHeritage DNA user Tiffany Bowden said “I’m very happy, and very proud to discover where I come from, and through my MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results, now I have the background which helps me understand who I am as a person.”

“DNA is the future of the family history industry and we’re delighted to enter the DNA space with strong energies and a fresh perspective”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Leveraging MyHeritage’s top assets which are its talented, technology-focused engineering team, and the gigantic internationally diverse web of family trees encompassing more than 2.5 billion profiles entered by our users, our comprehensive new Ethnicity Estimate has Innovation written all over it. We’ve been able to dig deeper where others had considered their work complete. Presented in a fresh look and generously given for free to DNA data uploaders, our users will be thrilled and can count on us to continue to innovate in DNA and delight them with new discoveries about who they really are.”

Dr. Yaniv Erlich, Chief Science Officer at MyHeritage, said, “For MyHeritage’s science team, this major update of our Ethnicity Estimate is only an appetizer. There are excellent installments on the way, and users can prepare for a feast! We have detailed plans to increase accuracy, extend our Founder Populations project further, and improve the resolution for ethnicities of great interest to our users from highly diverse origins. Our goal is to use science to further the public good, and to bring the best innovations of our science team to the public.”

The MyHeritage DNA test consists of a simple cheek swab and takes less than two minutes to complete, with no need for blood or saliva. The sample is then mailed to MyHeritage DNA’s lab for analysis and the user is invited to view the results on the MyHeritage website, approximately four weeks later.

MyHeritage strengthened its position as the leader in global family history, when it launched the MyHeritage DNA kits in November 2016, which have rapidly become hugely popular ever since. The company’s mammoth user base of 90 million users worldwide, more than 7.7 billion historical records, massive user-generated family tree database and availability in 42 languages, all provide a robust foundation for MyHeritage DNA. The company’s DNA offering currently provides two main features: detailed ethnicity reports that reveal the user’s ethnic and geographic origins, and DNA Matches for finding relatives based on shared DNA. In recent months, people have been successfully using MyHeritage DNA to reunite with long-lost family members.

MyHeritage DNA kits are available at the affordable price of $79 + shipping. Order MyHeritage DNA, or alternatively, upload DNA data for free.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.www.myheritage.com

San Francisco Girl – 2-Year Old Edith Howard Cook, Who Died Oct. 13, 1876 – Identified Using DNA

The following excerpt is from an article in the May 12, 2017 edition of the East Bay Times.

A casket containing the body of a girl was found buried beneath a San Francisco home. (Courtesy of Elissa Davey)

SANTA CRUZ – Santa Cruz biomolecular engineering professor Ed Green and a team of science students last month generated DNA results to confirm the identity of Edith Howard Cook, a 2-year-old San Francisco girl who died Oct. 13, 1876. The child’s corpse was excavated accidentally from a San Francisco family’s backyard in May 2016. The site was a cemetery in the 1800s. The finding was a rarity in the city that banned burials and cemeteries in the early 1900s.

Green and his team analyzed a hair sample and tested it against DNA from several candidates who they thought could be Edith’s relatives. Finally, they found a match – 82-year-old Peter Cook of Marin County. Cook is Edith’s grand nephew…

The team received hair samples in October and completed analysis in April, Green said…

The anonymous child was given the name “Miranda Eve” after she was found in an airtight metal casket near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during a remodeling project.

Elissa Davey, genealogist and founder of Garden of Innocence, said Green’s team ruled out myriad possibilities after volunteers checked almost 30,000 burial records to find Edith.

Read the full article.

Ten Diahan Southard DNA Quick Guides – Bundled and 22% off Through May 15

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Diahan Southard has written ten 4-page laminated guides on DNA research. They are all very popular. FRPC is now making a bundle of all 10 available through May 15 at 22% off! That’s just for just $69.81 (plus $5.50 p&h). Order the bundle by clicking here.

Again, this bundle is made up of ten 4-page laminated guides on DNA research, by Diahan Southard. Click on the links to see the details about each item. Use your back arrow to come back to this page to order the bundle or view other items in the list below. If you just want new guides that you may not already have, you may purchase them at 10% off.

Note that no Coupon Code is needed to get the discounts. If you wish to purchase by phone, call us at 801-949-7259 from 9a.m.-5:00 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

The entire bundle of 10 Guides by Diahan Southard may be ordered by clicking here.

You might also be interested in one or more of the following:

DNA Test from MyHeritage – On Sale for Mother’s Day – Just $69 – Thru May 15

MyHeritage is running a Mother’s Day promo on their DNA test – cutting the price to just $69 thru May 15. That’s the best price that they’ve ever offered. Click on this link.

Thanks to the fast-growing international database of people who have already been tested, MyHeritage DNA is connecting more and more relatives to each other. Watch the emotional reunion of sisters Jennisara and Morgan, made possible through MyHeritage DNA.

The MyHeritage DNA test finds DNA Matches – people who are related to you, whom you may not have known before. It also provides ethnicity estimates that have among the highest resolution on the market, thanks to the unique Founder Population study conducted by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. There’s more! As part of this exciting offer, MyHeritage is reducing the shipping cost by 50% when you buy 2 kits, and offering FREE shipping for a purchase of 3 kits or more. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.

All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.

DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Following are links to blogs I’ve done in the past about their DNA test:

Click here to order your MyHeritage DNA test today!

By the way, I get matches to new cousins every few days from my MyHeritage DNA testing that I had done last February. On March 28, I had 1; on April 2, I had 1; April 10, I had 4; April 14, I had 2, April 30, I had 2; May 7, I had 3; and on May 9, I had 1…

Genetic Communities™ Beta: New Innovation from AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA is releasing a beta version of Genetic Communities™ today. The following is from Matt Deighton at Ancestry:

Today, we are pleased to share the roll-out of a new beta experience for AncestryDNA we call, Genetic Communities™. This new experience gives you a more detailed connection to the people, places, cultures, and stories that led to you.

Taking DNA testing to a whole new level

This new advancement is only possible through the millions of AncestryDNA members around the world who have chosen to participate in the Research Project as well as the massive collection of family trees, only available on Ancestry. The science behind this feature was recently published in one of the prominent scientific journals Nature Communications here).

At launch there will be over 300 Genetic Communities all around the world to go and explore, with many more on the horizon. We will compare you to all of them and list the ones you have a connection to based on your DNA. These Genetic Communities dot the globe and are often more specific than what’s possible to discover with an ethnicity estimate, providing a more recent connection to your past.

And, this is just the beginning. We are just scratching the surface of advancements in science and technology that will translate into faster, more insightful discoveries about who we are and where we come from. Genetic Communities is a very BIG and exciting step in this direction.

Watch the video by clicking on this link or the following illustration to see why we are so excited about this new experience.

For people considering purchasing the AncestryDNA test, you will get access to this new feature. For existing AncestryDNA customers, we are making this beta available for free in your results. It doesn’t matter if you tested 4 years ago or if you are waiting for your results to come out of the lab, your DNA can now give you even more details about your past—and present—with Genetic Communities.

Now it’s your turn. Head to your DNA results to check out Genetic Communities for yourself. It’s possible you may not have a Genetic Community yet, but stay tuned, we are finding new Genetic Communities to share in the future. Want to learn even more? Go to our help content here. Good luck and enjoy exploring!

Cellular Research Institute Ventures into Ancestry Testing with the Launch of CRI Genetics

The following news release is from ABNewsWire:

Cellular Research Institute has recently introduced CRI Genetics, the organization’s Genetics division dedicated to helping individuals find out key information pertaining to their ancestry. Led by seasoned researcher Alexei Fedorov, CRI Genetics is now offering the most advanced DNA testing kit on the market.

March 25th, 2017 – Cellular Research Institute, a team of researchers dedicated to providing accurate information about research, medicine, and the environment, has recently introduced their Genetics division. Operating under the name CRI Genetics, this new division is now offering a DNA testing kit to help people find out their detailed family history based on Genealogy and Anthropology.

CRI Genetics is headed by Alexei Fedorov, an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Bioinformatics Lab at The University of Toledo. With over thirty-five years of experience in the field of human genome behind him, Dr. Fedorov now helps people understand their ancestry in the most personal way possible.

The personal DNA testing kit from CRI Genetics comes with detailed instructions. The users are only required to gently rub their cheek with the provided cotton swab, seal it in the provided bag, register it online, and mail it to CRI Genetics. The samples are tested in a CILA accredited laboratory using patented DNA analysis software. The reports containing the users’ BioGeographical ancestry can be accessed online after 6-8 weeks.

Some key attributes of CRI Genetics DNA testing kits are:

• CRI Genetics’ primary service is an Autosomal DNA test where each sample is tested against thousands of DNA samples from populations all around the world to determine an individual’s BioGeographical Ancestry. This is done on the basis of 176 relevant genetic markers.
• Customers need not pay any monthly subscription fee for using CRI Genetics’ DNA testing kit. CRI Genetics also provides an Efficiency Guarantee, offering customers a complete refund if the reports are not available within eight weeks.

Within a very short period of time, many men and women have used CRI Genetics’ DNA testing kit with great satisfaction. Highlighting his experience, a highly impressed user mentioned, “CRI Genetics has helped me make incredible discoveries about my family that I never would have known before. I grew up thinking that that family was French and found out that were actually German.”

To find out more about CRI Genetics and their DNA testing kit, please visit http://crigenetics.com/

About CRI Genetics:

CRI Genetics is a team of Geneticists, Anthropologists, and Social Scientists, who work together to deliver an accurate estimation of people’s ancestry. A division of Cellular Research Institute, CRI Genetics is headed by noted researcher and human genome specialist Alexei Fedorov.

Complete MyHeritage Subscription & DNA Test – $199 (Reg. $349) Now Thru Tuesday, Feb 21

As far as I can tell, the following is the best offer ever made for a MyHeritage Complete Subscription plus a MyHeritage DNA Test. 

I just returned from RootsTech, where I was again most impressed with the latest technological advances made by MyHeritage.com. While at the conference, they made two major announcements – one about their new “Photo Discoveries” feature, and another about the new Consistency Checker for online family trees at MyHeritage. Of course, Photo Discoveries was the most exciting new feature, as we can now count on getting far more photos in our trees than we’ve ever had before. NOTE: Since sending this out in the Genealogy Newsline last Monday, I’ve added the discount link to the above Photo Discoveries and Consistency Checker news releases – as I’ve had at least one reader attempt to get the discount directly from the MyHeritage Blog. WRONG PLACE! Thus the added paragraph and links in those blogs.

As I blogged last November, MyHeritage is now a major player in the DNA testing business. While at RootsTech, I worked out an exclusive offer for my readers. Subscribe to MyHeritage, and get their Complete Subscription, PLUS a MyHeritage DNA Test (with FREE shipping!) – all for just $199 (Reg. $349). This is the lowest price that I’ve ever seen offered! This offer was only good through February 20, but I got it extended for an additional day – through the 21st.  Click on this link to take advantage of the offer.

Since sending this offer out earlier, staff at MyHeritage have clarified that the offer is for new MyHeritage subscribers or those who have had subscription in the past and it is expired for at least 3 months. Anyone having a current subscription will not be able to see the offer when they click on the links… Sorry!

As my readers know, I’ve been a big fan of MyHeritage for a long time. Traditionally, I have considered the company and their website to be the European competitor to Ancestry.com, while FindMyPast filled the same niche for British research. Both MyHeritage and FindMyPast have expanded into the United States and Canada markets in recent years, with hundreds of millions of records of specific interest to Americans and their northern cousins.

Led by their founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage has consistently pushed the technology envelope. The technology that Gilad and his team have produced has allowed millions of genealogists worldwide to find more ancestors. New search technologies have kept MyHeritage at the forefront of the online database business for several years. And that technology continues to make huge advances.

MyHeritage is far more than just a place to build online family trees. While their trees continue to grow dramatically, they continue to collect data in many forms worldwide. Many of their users are our European and British cousins whose data may often be accessed at the site. Using the MyHeritage technologies, users are prompted to check out new MyHeritage Discoveries, Smart Matches and Record Matches. 

Based on my personal experience with MyHeritage, I highly recommend the site, as well as their DNA test. As I mentioned early in this article, I’ve worked out a promotion for my readers offering a Complete Subscription, plus the DNA test for only $199. What’s a Complete Subscription? It’s a MyHeritage membership which includes all the MyHeritage Data, as well as the Trees. Click Here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

This offer will give you the following:
• Your Personal Private site with unlimited capacity
• Start a new tree or import by GEDCOM
• Unlimited photo storage
• Apps for the iOs/Android smart phones and tablets
• Family Tree Builder premium software for the PC and MAC
• Smart Matches with 35 Million trees
• Automatic Record Matches
• Full Privacy Control
• Global Name Translation
• Record Detective II
• Over 7 billion historical records
• More than 100 Million newspapers
• Vital records from 48 countries
• 1790-1940 USA census records
• 1841-1911 England and Wales census records
• Over 5 million Dutch records
 NEW Compilation of Published Sources collection with over 450,000 books and 91 million pages
• Book Matching
NEW PedigreeMap
• NEW Sun Charts
 Join 87 million users who have built trees with 2 billion people.

Don’t just take my word for it. The following comment was made by my friend, Dick Eastman:
“I was amazed at the results. Within minutes MyHeritage.com showed me more information about a number of my ancestors than I had found in 35 years of searching on my own”
Dick Eastman – Author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Here’s the deal: $199 for a full year of a Complete Subscription to  MyHeritage – that’s their PremiumPlus Family Site, their Data Plan, and a DNA Testing Kit. Everything!!! Again – This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen for these products, So Click here to order yours today. Did I mention that the DNA Test Kit ships FREE! Order now, as this price will only be offered through Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Note that the offer is for Genealogy Newsline Readers. However, since I author and own Genealogy Newsline, I can also offer it to my GenealogyBlog.com readers and folks that read me through social media. The landing screen from the above link says “Genealogy NewslineReaders” but all my readers and friends are included. Note that I do get a portion of the subscription fee when folks use my links during the promotion period – and I thank you for that support.

Kind regards,
Leland K Meitzler
Genealogy Newsline & GenealogyBlog.com

Ancestry.com Settles Lawsuit with OraSure Technologies Over DNA testing

Ancestry.com has agreed to pay OraSure Technologies and its DNA Genotek subsidiary $12.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged that Ancestry took DNA Genotek’s saliva sampling technology and improved upon it, without giving credit to DNA Genotek. According to the agreement, “Ancestry can continue using its version of the sampling technology, but must pay royalties to DNA Genotek. DNA Genotek will also receive access to patents involved with Ancestry.com’s version of the test, but without any royalties.

The following teaser is from an article posted February 6, 2017 at The Morning Call website:

BETHLEHEM — Genealogy website Ancestry.com has agreed to pay Bethlehem-based OraSure Technologies Inc. and its Canadian subsidiary DNA Genotek $12.5 million to settle claims it stole patented DNA testing technology to produce its own saliva-based DNA test.

DNA Genotek sued Ancestry.com in May 2015, alleging the website stole its technology for collecting DNA via saliva samples and improved upon it for its own use in violation of the terms of an agreement between the two companies. The website offers to trace users’ ethnic background using their DNA.

Ancestry.com, according to the lawsuit, purchased DNA Genotek saliva test kits in 2012 and 2013 in order to collect saliva samples from its customers, then filed for its own patent for an improved version of the device in 2013 without DNA Genotek’s consent.

Read the full article.

MyHeritage Appoints Prominent DNA Expert Dr. Yaniv Erlich as Chief Science Officer

The following news release was received from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage.com:

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah , February 9, 2017MyHeritage, the leading international family history and DNA company, announced today the appointment of Dr. Yaniv Erlich as its Chief Science Officer. Dr. Erlich, a DNA scientist of world renown, will lead scientific development and strategy for MyHeritage DNA, the company’s newly established DNA service for family history and ethnicity, and ensure that its products are built on a solid scientific foundation.

Dr. Erlich, nicknamed the Genome Hacker by Nature journal, brings to MyHeritage unparalleled experience in the field of genomics as Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University and as a Core Member at the New York Genome Center. He is also the former principal investigator and a Whitehead Fellow at MIT’s Whitehead Institute, founder of DNA.LAND and the principal investigator of the Erlich DNA lab.

Dr. Erlich completed his Ph.D. at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2010, and has won numerous awards as a cutting-edge scientist, including the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (2013), the Harold M. Weintraub Award (2010) and the IEEE/ACM-CS High Performance Computing Award (2008). Dr. Erlich has a B.Sc. degree cum laude in Neuroscience from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Erlich’s research interests are diverse and cover many facets of computational human genetics, including population studies, DNA privacy, DNA storage and genetic research in crowd-sourced family trees.

“We’re delighted to welcome Yaniv to our management team. Yaniv’s expertise in computational genetics and its synergy with family history will provide the solid scientific foundation that is fundamental for setting apart our fast-growing DNA service from the others” said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “We are committed to providing our users with the most accurate DNA results, and helping them understand more about themselves. Yaniv will lead a dedicated team of world-class scientists to help us achieve this.”

“I’m excited to join the talented team at MyHeritage and put my scientific experience to use by the millions of users on the MyHeritage platform,” said Dr. Erlich. “I’ve collaborated with MyHeritage since 2012 and have known them to be forward thinkers about building tools and platforms that enable massive scale scientific studies. I look forward to opening new horizons in consumer genetics in my new role, and further empowering our users with useful and creative tools that harness the latest scientific discoveries”.

MyHeritage DNA was launched in November 2016, offering simple DNA home-testing kits for determining users’ ethnic origins and discovering new relatives. The service is offered in more than 190 countries worldwide, in 42 languages.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for family history and DNA. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Through MyHeritage DNA, the company offers technologically advanced, affordable DNA tests that reveal users’ ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to share family stories, past and present, and to treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.