NEW! The FT Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy – by Blaine T. Bettinger – 28% off!

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Finally! We now have a terrific new book to help us with genetic genealogy. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger is what we needed. I just got a call from a trucker who told me that he has a pallet full of books ready to deliver Tuesday morning – so I am now making this announcement. There have been several books printed, but it seems to me most have have been either way too scientific, or far too limited in scope for the average genealogist. Blaine T. Bettinger has written a colorful 239 page volume for the genealogical community that I recommend to everyone! It’s brand new, with information that is sure to help anyone interested in using DNA to find ancestors.

I am so excited about this volume that FRPC just purchased a full pallet of these things to ship immediately. And we’ve reduced the price for this promotion by 28% off MSRP for a limited time. Regularly $29.99, it’s just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h). Order NOW to take advantage of not only the latest information, but a great price!.

The Following is from the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Genetic Genealogy Basics
  • Kick-start your genetic research. This chapter features a brief history of DNA testing and breaks down DNA and the four popular genetic tests, plus how to identify your genetic family tree.

  • Chapter 2: Common Misconceptions
  • Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.

  • Chapter 3: Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
  • Conduct conscientious and responsible studies. This chapter explores some of the ethical issues involved in DNA testing for family research and how to account for them.

  • Part Two: Selecting a Test
  • Chapter 4: Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
  • Discover Your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.

  • Chapter 5: Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
  • Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems.

  • Chapter 6: Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
  • Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter’s guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA Analysis.

  • Chapter 7: X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
  • Pinpoint your genetic ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.

  • Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results
  • Chapter 8: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
  • Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter’s tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA results.

  • Chapter 9: Ethnicity Estimates
  • Unpack the estimate provided by DNA testing companies. This chapter shows what you can use – and can’t – learn about your ancestry from ethnicity estimates.

  • Chapter 10: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
  • Dig deeper into your DNA research with these tips and strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.

  • Chapter 11: Genetic Testing for Adoptees
  • Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.

  • Chapter 12: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Gaze into DNA’s future with these predictions about the field’s trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.

  • Glossary – 5 pages of terminology for the rest of us!
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: Comparison Guides
  • Appendix B: Research Forms
  • Appendix C: More Resources
  • Index

About The Author
blaine_bettinger_125pw_author-of-dna-guideBlaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York, by day, and a genealogy educator and blogger by night. In 2007, he created The Genetic Genealogist, one of the first blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

Blaine has written numerous DNA-related articles for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. He has been an instructor at the inaugural genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and Excelsior College (Albany, NY). He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, and a co-coordinator of the ad hoc Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee. In 2015, he became an alumnus of ProGen Study Group 21 and was elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Blaine was born and raised in Ellisburg, NY, where his ancestors have lived for more than two hundred years, and is the father of two boys. You can find Blaine on his website and on Twitter (@blaine_5).

Order The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger for 28% off – just $21.59 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru the sale period. Order Now by clicking here.

Three Terrific New DNA Guides by Diahan Southard Are Now Available!

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Three NEW DNA Quick Guides by Diahan Southard are now available. They are:
NEXT STEPS: WORKING WITH YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHES
ORGANIZING YOUR DNA MATCHES: A COMPANION GUIDE
GEDMATCH: A NEXT STEP FOR YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA TEST

If you’ve gotten any of Diahan Southard’s DNA guides in the past, you already know just how valuable they are. You may have even purchased the bundle of 6 of Diahan’s guides that FRPC offered on sale a while back. Well, Diahan now has three new ones with detailed new information. Each of the three guides may be purchased separately, or as a bundle of three. During the promotional sale period, the bundle is 15% off (Reg. 26.85 – on sale for $22.82, plus $4.50 p&h). The individual laminate guides may be purchased for 10% off ($8.06 each, plus $4.50 p&h for the first laminate, and 50 cents for each thereafter). We’ve again put all of Diahan’s guides, including the bundle of six, on sale for 15% off on bundles, and 10% off on individual guides. Click on the links to order.

Following are descriptions of each of the new DNA guides:

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NEXT STEPS: WORKING WITH YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHES; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU21

Many genealogists have heard about the power of DNA testing in genealogy and have dabbled in their own DNA test results. This guide outlines what to do next to maximize the power of DNA testing in genealogy. This guide provides instruction on:

  • How to leverage the power of known relatives who have tested
  • Gain a basic understanding of chromosome browsers and their role in the search process
  • Access to a free bonus template for evaluating the genealogical relationship of a match in relationship to the predicted genetic relationship
  • A methodology for converting the unknown relatives on the match list into known relatives

With this guide in hand, genealogists will be prepared to take their DNA testing experience to the next level and make new discoveries about their ancestors and heritage.

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ORGANIZING YOUR DNA MATCHES: A COMPANION GUIDE; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU22

With over 2.5 million people in the possession of a DNA test, and most with match lists in the thousands, many are wondering how to keep track of all this data and apply it to their family history. This guide provides the foundation for managing DNA matches and correspondence, and will help budding genetic genealogists:

  • Centralize their point of contact with their matches from multiple testing companies
  • Familiarize them with Google Forms for tracking information, including providing a link to a free bonus form template
  • Provide a brief overview of how to use the power of Google Earth in their genetic genealogy
  • Provide an introduction to spreadsheets
  • Review valuable third party tools and their contributions to the organizing effort

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GEDMATCH: A NEXT STEP FOR YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA TEST; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU23

Gedmatch is a third‐party tool for use by genetic genealogists seeking to advance their knowledge of their autosomal DNA test. You can upload your DNA results from any major genetic genealogy testing company into Gedmatch for free. Turn to this quick guide for answers to these common questions:

  • What is Gedmatch?
  • Who can participate?
  • What do I have to do to join?
  • What kinds of tools do they offer?
  • Can it help with my ethnicity results?
  • Will I find new matches?
  • Is this a necessary tool?

This guide will navigate through the myriad of options and point out only the best tools for your genetic genealogy research.

The following previously published DNA Guides by Diahan Southard are also available – at 10% off each, or as a bundle at 15% off (see explanation above):

Ancestry Announces Appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer

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The following is from GlobeNewsWire.com:

LEHI, Utah, Sept. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. In addition to overseeing the science team, Dr. Ball leads the Company’s initiatives to develop innovative new technologies and analyze genetic data at a rapidly-increasing scale.

Dr. Ball joined Ancestry in 2011 as Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, helping to establish the Company’s approach to genetic genealogy leading to the launch of AncestryDNA. She has built Ancestry’s science team into a key innovation engine, driving new scientific discoveries and powering the Company’s growth to become the largest consumer genomics provider globally. Today, AncestryDNA has the world’s largest consumer genomics database and has helped more than two million customers learn more about their ethnic origins and genetic relationships.

“This is an important recognition of the instrumental role Cathy has played – and will continue to play – in the tremendous growth of our DNA business,” said Ken Chahine Ph.D., Executive Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “We’re focused on developing new innovations that combine the science of DNA with our vast database of 70 million family trees to help everyone, everywhere discover what led to them. We’re at the beginning of this journey and there’s no one better to spearhead these efforts than Cathy.”

“It’s incredibly gratifying to work on a product that has a meaningful impact on so many lives,” said Dr. Ball. “Our customers share extremely rewarding stories of self-discovery with us daily and it’s an important priority to be good stewards of the data entrusted to us. I look forward to continuing work with a stellar team of laboratory scientists, geneticists, statisticians, and computer scientists as we refine the genomic science behind family history to deliver more detailed and personalized results to those of all backgrounds.”

By bringing together DNA data and the context of ties between people, places, and human events found in family trees, the AncestryDNA team will continue to study ethnic diversity, migration patterns, human evolution and the history of our species, which has the potential to influence the way we think about identity and the connections among mankind.

Dr. Ball is a genomic scientist who has annotated and mined the genomes of various organisms and created resources to help clinicians, citizens and other scientists exploit and explore genome data. Her career has focused on helping people around the world appreciate, understand and use their own genomic data. Dr. Ball has collaborated on the annotation of the first sequenced eukaryotic genome (brewer’s yeast) and has collaboratively built databases to explore the genomes of yeast, E. coli and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. As a pioneer in data analysis resources for high-throughput biomedical technologies, she led the Stanford Microarray Database, the largest academic database of its kind. Dr. Ball has used high-throughput biomedical data to shed light on diverse research topics, from the biology of infectious organisms to the mechanisms involved in cell division and cancer. Dr. Ball has presented seminars at leading universities and contributes to National Institutes of Health committees. She received a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ball was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley prior to her research in the Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

About Ancestry
Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3.

Searching for the Descendants of the Pitcairn Island Mutineers

The following teaser is from an article posted at phys.org August 22, 2016.

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Ten pigtails of hair thought to be from seven mutineers of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame and three of their female Polynesian companions will be analysed in a new collaboration between the Pitcairn Islands Study Centre at Pacific Union College (California, US) and the forensic DNA group at King’s College London (UK).

The forensic DNA group at King’s has been sent hair strands from the ten pigtails, which are currently on display in the California-based centre, to help establish as much information as possible on their origins.
As the pigtails purportedly date back to the pre-1800s, the King’s team will first attempt to extract DNA from the historical hair samples after cleaning the outside and then digesting the hair matrix using a chemical process. Nuclear DNA is not found in hair shafts, only the roots which are not available here; however, mitochondrial DNA may be present. If sufficient mitochondrial DNA can be collected, the first step will be to investigate the ancestral origins of the owners of the pigtails.

Read the full article.

Thanks to Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for the heads-up.

Quest Diagnostics & AncestryDNA Form Multi-year Global Collaboration

The following News Release is from PRNewsWire.com:

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MADISON, N.J., and LEHI, Utah, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and AncestryDNA, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, are teaming up to help meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for genetic tests that provide insights into genetic ethnicity, origins and other factors. The new collaboration will allow AncestryDNA to scale its testing services and pave the way for new wellness offerings.

Under a new multi-year global collaboration, Quest Diagnostics will provide genotyping test services on behalf of Ancestry’s AncestryDNA, a service that today identifies and quantifies an individual’s ethnic origins based on results of DNA testing. In just over four years, AncestryDNA has grown to become the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, with more than two million consumer DNA samples in its database.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Quest Diagnostics to offer our consumer DNA test to more consumers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. “There’s an inherent human need to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we connect to the world around us. As the success of AncestryDNA has already demonstrated, the stories and revelations contained within our DNA can have incredibly meaningful, life-altering effects that change how we think about ourselves and our world.”

“People are very interested in their family history, and knowing one’s family health history is very important in helping us manage our health,” said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics President and CEO. “Sharing our unique capabilities with Ancestry will help everyone learn more about themselves. We look forward to leveraging our tremendous expertise in genetic testing and information to offer a first-in-class experience to Ancestry and its customers.”

“Quest stood out from all others through the breadth of their vision and their unwavering commitment to quality, as well as being well positioned to partner with us to provide wellness and health traits,” said Ken Chahine, EVP and GM of AncestryDNA. “Adding a second diagnostic partner is a critical step forward as we work to continue to meet the consumer demand we’re seeing for our DNA tests in the U.S. and markets around the world. We’ll also now be able to move toward an East-West logistical approach, testing kits closer to where our consumers live and, ideally, reducing the time they need to wait to receive their results.”

Ancestry selected Quest Diagnostics after considering several laboratory organizations through a formal request for proposal process. Quest Diagnostics will perform genetic testing on Ancestry customer samples at its state-of-the-art laboratory in Marlborough, Mass. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Quest’s Marlborough facility uses next-generation sequencing and other technologies to provide testing in genetics, inherited cancers, neurological disorders and other complex diseases. Opened in 2014, the 200,000 square foot laboratory can accommodate expected growing demand for AncestryDNA. Quest expects to begin performing testing for Ancestry in the first quarter of 2017. Over time, the two companies intend to explore additional opportunities such as developing tools and applications to guide people on building and understanding their “family medical tree.”

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3.

About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest Diagnostics annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 44,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

Quest, Quest Diagnostics and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics.

British Ancestry? Then How British Are You?

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Many of us can claim British ancestry. If you have colonial ancestry, then chances are very high that your ancestors may have come from Britain. But how British are you, really? The following teaser is from an article posted and updated in the July 28, 2016 edition of the British Daily Mail. The article points out that, based on DNA, only about 37 percent of those living in Britain today are really British. I’d recommend reading the full article. Enjoy!

The average Briton is only really 37 per cent British – with the remainder of their genes coming from European ancestors from as far afield as Scandinavia, Spain and Greece.

DNA testing has also revealed how the people of Yorkshire are officially the most British people in the land, with their genetic makeup containing an average 41 per cent Anglo-Saxon stock.

London, meanwhile, is the most ethnically diverse, while the people of Wales have the highest proportion of ancestry from Spain and Portugal.

Read the full article.

Silver Lake to invest in Ancestry.com

The following teaser is from an article posted on reuters.com

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Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners has agreed to acquire a minority stake in Ancestry.com in a deal that values the privately held genealogy website at $2.6 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The investment represents a bet that Ancestry’s fast-growing DNA business will continue to expand. Ancestry sold 1 million genomics kits last year, a 93 percent increase from the prior year, as people keen to discover their roots sent in saliva samples.

Read the full article.

9-Item DNA Genealogy Research Laminate Bundle – 15% Off thru March 14, 2016

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I just returned from RootsTech 2016 this last week, after having an amazing nearly week-long experience there. One of the topics that it seemed everyone was interested in was DNA and Genetic research. A number of classes were held on the topic, and numerous exhibitors were featuring DNA-related products. Diahan Southard was there, offering both auditorium and at-the-booth classes to DNA enthusiasts. Diahan has written seven 4-page laminated guides on DNA research. Elizabeth Shown Mills and Angie Bush have also written quick-guides on the topic. Family Roots Publishing has purchased a large quantity of the guides, bundled all nine of them together and reduced the price over 15% on the bundle. An $82.55 value, FRPC is now making the bundle available through March 14 for just $69.95 (plus $5.50 p&h). Order the bundle by clicking here.

Don’t need the entire bundle? We’ve reduced the price on the guides themselves by 10% during the sale period.

Again, this bundle is made up of seven 4-page laminated guides on DNA research, by Diahan Southard; one Quicksheet – Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, and one Genealogy at a Glance – Genetic Genealogy Basics, by Angie Bush. 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.-5:30p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

The entire bundle of nine laminated guides may be ordered by clicking here.

New! Genetic Genealogy Basics – 10% off – or 15% off in a DNA Laminate Bundle thru March 14

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I recently received a copy of a new laminated Genealogy at a Glance, on the topic of DNA. This one’s titled Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics and was written by Angie Bush.

Contrary to popular belief, DNA testing is not the final word in determining your ancestry, but it is extremely helpful. It is most effective when it’s used to confirm that documentation concerning your family relationships is accurate. It is also used to test hypotheses about ancestors for whom little or no documentary evidence exists. Equally important, DNA testing can be used as “cousin bait” to identify previously unknown cousins who may be able to add information to your genealogical research and/or confirm your ancestral connections.

In this handy four-page guide, author Angie Bush gives you the simple facts about (a) DNA testing, (b) DNA testing companies, and (c) DNA testing results. She provides a simple overview of the three types of DNA tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA, or autosomal DNA, the most popular type of testing for genealogists. She goes on to explain which test is right for you and then launches into a description of the testing companies and what you can expect from them. The companies featured in this At a Glance guide were chosen because they are the only companies that provide a list of “genetic cousin” matches based on DNA analysis.

Most crucially, DNA test results give information about where your most ancient ancestor originated and his ethnicity. But equally important for resolving questions of a genealogical nature is the list of genetic cousins that the companies provide as matches. Proper evaluation of match lists within the context of how that particular type of DNA was inherited is key to using DNA as a genealogical record. In the end, the author cautions, DNA testing does not provide proof of relationship without genealogical research to support the findings, but knowing your ethnicity, place of origin, and previously unknown cousins is a very good place to start.

The following contents are found in Genetic Genealogy Basics:
Quick Facts

Overview

  • Confirming Relationships
  • Fishing for Cousins

Types of DNA Tests

  • Y-DNA Test (paternal lineage)
  • mtDNA Test (maternal lineage)
  • Autosomal DNA Test (all ancestors)

DNA Testing Companies

  • Family Tree DNA
  • 23andMe
  • AncestryDNA

DNA Testing Results

  • DNA Raw Data
  • Haplogroup and Ethnicity Estimates
  • DNA Cousin Match Lists

Tip for Getting the Most from DNA Testing

Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics; by Angie Bush; 4 pp., folded; Laminated; 8.5×11; Published: 2016; ISBN: 9780806320342; Item # GPC846 – 10% off Thru March 14, 2016, or buy as a bundle for 15% off thru the same date.

Why Do So Many Brits Have Red Hair? The Answer May Be Cloudy Weather. Maybe…

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article posted at parentabout.com:

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The breakdown is 13% of Scottish people, 10% of Irish people. 6% of English people have red hair. Now genetic researchers want to know why so many in Birtain have red hair and the answer might be found in the cloudy weather found in the British Isles.

BritainsDNA is conducting a project that’s aimed at solving the mystery of the red hair and they hope to have the results by early next year. they’ve developed a test that can determine who carries the red gene variant and are analyzing the DNA of 4000 test subjects in order to find out who carries the gene variant that causes red hair, a variant that mightn’t show itself for generations…

Read the full article.

DNA Confirms That Bones Discovered in a Russian Mine Are Those of Tsar Nicholas II & His Wife

The following teaser is from the November 12, 2015 edition of DailyMail:

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New DNA tests comparing the exhumed bones of Russia’s tragic last tsar to known royal bloodstains have proved beyond doubt that the final Romanov emperor’s remains are genuine, it has been revealed.

And new samples taken from unnamed female descendants of Britain’s Queen Victoria genetically match the lower jaw of his controversial German-born empress Alexandra, who brought disgrace on the royals due to her close liaison with crazed monk Rasputin.

The tests were required by the Russian Orthodox Church, which feared that earlier DNA results on bones found buried in mineshafts in the Urals were not sound.

Read the full article.

Understanding 23andMe: A Companion Guide to “Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist”

lu19Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist, provided insight to Autosomal tests and what they are, with coverage on SNPs or SNiPs and the idea that “your genetic pedigree is not the same as your genealogical pedigree. In Diahan Southard’s latest guide, Understanding 23andMe: A Companion Guide to “Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist,” provides greater coverage of Autosomal DNA and much more.

“23andMe has a wide variety of content on their website that can easily distract you from the genetic genealogy tools they are offering. This guide will help you focus your efforts on the top genetic genealogy tools at 23andMe and how you can use them to verify and extend your family history.”

This guide is about helping you get the most of your DNA test results by using tools at 23andMe. A big section of the guide covers the main match page where you will “spend the majority of your time,” and “which displays a list of your genetic cousins.” The final page of the guide is dedicated to the admixture tool, or the “ethnicity tool, at 23andMe is called the Ancestral Composition view.” In other words, there is a lot for you to do and learn at 23andMe, and this guide will help you make the most of the site.

Understanding 23andMe is part of a series of guides on DNA genealogy. Each guide in the series follows the popular standard as four laminated pages with a simple center fold for easy storage and portability.

Here is a contents list based on specific headers in the guide:

  • Autosomal DNA and More
  • Your Health Information
  • Smart Communications
  • Talking Tips
  • Post Your Genealogy at 23andMe
  • Main Match Page
    • Names at 23andMe
    • Relationships
    • Ancestral Information
    • Haplogroups
    • Communicating with Matches
    • Map View
    • Surname View
  • Family Inheritance: Advanced
  • Admixture at 23andMe

 

About Author Diahan Southard (In her words):

“After getting bitten by the DNA bug as a high school student, I went on to study at Brigham Young University where I earned a bachelors degree in microbiology. I worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database.

Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead me to my current position as Your DNA Guide, where I provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. That means I can take you step by step through any kind of DNA test in a way that you will understand, and even enjoy!”

Diahan Southard has produced a series of colorful, laminated guides that outline all the basics one needs to understand DNA for genealogists. Her guides include:

 

All of Southard’s guides are available, along with Understanding 23andMe: A Companion Guide to “Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist”, from Family Roots Publishing.

Understanding 23andMe: A Companion Guide to “Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist” is available in hard copy as well as electronic (PDF format, available by clicking here).

Hanks & Lincoln Lineage Debate Solved With the Use of DNA

The following excerpt is from an article posted November 3, 2015 at the USA Today website.

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OSHKOSH, Wis. — Vicky Reany Paulson has known all her life that she is related to Abraham Lincoln.

But it wasn’t until she was 16 that she became interested in tracing her roots to the 16th president — more specifically through his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln — and inherited the passion from her great-grandmother.

“I would ask the relatives how we were related, and they would just say through the Hanks,” the 59-year-old Oshkosh resident said.

Paulson, who has written two books about the Hanks family and its connection to Lincoln, says she is thrilled after a new study has solved a 150-year-old mystery surrounding the true identity of Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s mother.

Read the full article.

$659K in Two Grants Given Out for Curriculums Based on PBS’ Finding Your Roots

The following excerpt is from an article posted October 31, 2015 at TheRoot.com:

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A new curriculum based on Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s popular PBS documentary series, Finding Your Roots, received two grants this week: one for $355,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to create Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps for Middle School-Aged Youth; and one for $304,000 from the National Science Foundation to establish a college program, according to a news release.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of The Root and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will lead the curriculum working groups, along with Nina Jablonski, the Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University.

Read the full article.

Thanks to The Weekly Genealogist for the heads-up.

Tom Jones to be DNA Tested for Possible Black Ancestry

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Tom Jones has decided it’s time to get DNA tested for possible black ancestry. The following teaser is from the November 2, 2015 edition of the CBS News website.

At 75 years old, Tom Jones wants to do something quite unusual. The singer wants to get a DNA test to find out if he has any black ancestry.

The “What’s New Pussycat” singer, who is from South Wales, said that he’s always wondered if he is of mixed race, part because of his curly hair and tan skin.

Read the full article.