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Welsh Ancestry DNA Project Underway

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the October 6, 2014 edition of bionews.org.uk: A project to investigate the genetic history of the Welsh, which will also give participants information about their own DNA make-up, is now underway. ‘CymruDNAWales’ is expected to last two to three years. It is described as a ‘multi-media […]

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23andMe Expands into Canada

23andMe has announced that they have expanded into the Canadian market with the introduction of 23andMe.ca. Following is a teaser from an article posted in to Winnipeg Free Press: TORONTO – A U.S. personal genetics company, 23andMe, is now offering health and ancestry information based on analysis of DNA to Canadians. The Mountain View, Calif.-based […]

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Tallness is 80% Related to Your Genes

The following teaser is from an article posted in the October 7, 2014 edition of bdnews24.com: It’s no secret that if your dad is tall and your mother is tall, you are probably going to be tall. But fully understanding the genetics Researchers on Sunday unveiled what they called the biggest such study to date, […]

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AncestryDNA Upgrades the Methods Used for Cousin Matches

The following teaser was posted on the Ancestry.com blog on August 1. Very interesting… I’ve always felt that DNA matches were often VERY overmatched… Now I know why. Overmatching is evident throughout all populations, but is most pronounced for those with Jewish and hispanic ancestry it seems. AncestryDNA customers with significant Jewish ancestry have witnessed […]

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Free Guide to DNA Testing Download Available

Richard Hill is a well-known authority on all things DNA. A few days ago he advised me that his Guide to DNA Testing, which is posted online, and available free to all, has been updated and expanded. Richard also produced an excellent book a while back entitled Finding My Family. I recommend both.

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Flemish DNA & Ancestry

In a book that began as a family case study, Flemish DNA & Ancestry: History of Three Families over Five Centuries Using Conventional and Genetic Genealogy by Guido J. Deboeck, has proven to be much more. The book offers an excellent primer on genetic or DNA genealogy, including, how to take a DNA test, what to […]

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FamilyTreeDNA Sued Over DNA Data Being Made Public

The following is from an article posted in the May 14, 2014 edition of arstechnica.com. On Tuesday, an Alaska man became the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed against the makers of Family Tree [FamilyTreeDNA], a Texas-based DNA testing company. In his suit, Michael Cole alleges that months after purchasing a Family Tree […]

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Researchers Develop DNA GPS: Pinpoint a Person’s Geographical Origin Going Back 1,000 Years

DNA testing and use just keeps getting better for genealogists. I found the following article at Gizmag.com: Researchers develop DNA GPS tool to accurately trace geographical ancestry By Chris Wood An international team of scientists has developed a process that allows them to pinpoint a person’s geographical origin going back 1,000 years. Known as the […]

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Trace Your Ethnic Ancestry with the Help of National Geographic’s Genographic Project

You can now trace your ethnic ancestry with the help of National Geographic’s Genographic Project. The popular project’s kit does cost $199.95 however, so it’s not cheap. The following is from an interesting artcle by Darrell W. West, published in the April 17, 2014 edition of brookings.edu: Ever wonder where you came from? Now with […]

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Irving Wants Hitler’s Hair Back

A few days ago I posted a piece about how Hitler’s wife may have had Jewish ancestry. Now we have a follow-up to the story… The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 13, 2014 edition of dailymail.uk: When Channel 4 paid David Irving $5,000 to obtain what the controversial historian claimed […]

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Trace Your Ancestry Right Down to the Village Through DNA?

It’s now said that the technology has advanced to the point where we will soon be able to trace our ancestry using DNA right down to the “village and island of origin.” Interesting… The following teaser is from an interesting article posted in the April 11, 2014 edition of examiner.com: Tracing where your DNA was […]

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Forensic Genealogy – Revised

Forensic Genealogy – Revised was written to help genealogists dig deeper, examining sources with greater scrutiny to achieve greater success. Usually, when someone is said to be wearing the proverbial rose-colored glasses they are said to be viewing the world, or a situations, as better than it really is. The idiom suggests not positive thinking […]

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Eva Braun May Have Had Jewish Ancestry

The following teaser is from the April 7, 2014 edition of forward.com: Eva Braun, the wife of Adolf Hitler, may have had Jewish ancestry, according to a new British documentary. “Dead Famous DNA,” which is scheduled to air Wednesday on Britain’s Channel 4, reported that hair samples from a brush believed to have been used […]

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About 930,000 Folks Can Claim to be of Direct Viking Descent

The following excerpt is from an interesting article posted in the March 9, 2014 edition of dailymail.co.uk: Around 930,000 people can claim to be of direct Viking descent A study compared Y chromosome markers to estimated Viking DNA patterns The Viking DNA patterns are rarely found outside Scandinavia Almost one million Britons alive today are […]

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AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins by Coupling Genetic Science With Historical Records

The following news release was written by Ancestry.com staff and distributed via Marketwired News Releases: PROVO, UT — (Marketwired) — 02/26/14 – Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their […]

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