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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: 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 […]

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

Autosomal 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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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$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 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 […]

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Tom Jones to be DNA Tested for Possible Black Ancestry

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 […]

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A Man’s Unborn Twin Fathered His Child

Following is a teaser from an article posted at the October 28, 2015 Time website. Now how would you chart this one? Paternity tests are well known for producing some unexpected surprises, but the case involving a Washington man presents a new head-scratcher. After undergoing fertility treatments and having a son, the man and his […]

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23andMe Now Includes Reports That Meet FDA Standards

I got the following from 23andMe: Today marks a great milestone in the history of personal genetics. I am thrilled to let you know that 23andMe is now the first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards. After nearly two years of work with the FDA, extensive […]

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Share Your AncestryDNA Ethnicity Results

AncestryDNA recently launched a new feature that allows individuals to share their ethnicity results. I tried it out, sending the results to select family members by email – as well as posting to Facebook. Note that I had to allow the pop-up for Facebook sharing. I didn’t spot the block at first and wondered why […]

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Benjamin Kyle has an Indentity

I first blogged about Benjamin Kyle almost exactly 6 years ago – in early October of 2009. Now – I see that through the use of genetic genealogy, his identity is known. The following teaser is from an article posted at the September 16, 2015 website. A man who was found beaten and left […]

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Ancestry DNA Test – 20% Off! – Just $79 – Sale Ends This Monday, August 17, 2015

AncestryDNA is once again running a 20% off promotion on their DNA test! The promotion ends Monday, August 17, 2015. The $79 price is the best price they have ever offered to my knowledge. This is a deal you can’t get everyday (although this is the 3rd time this year!). AncestryDNA has been in the […]

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Ancestry Helps “Hicks Baby” Find Her Mother

The following is from the August 5 New York Daily News. It took one woman more than half a century to find a piece of her familial roots. Kriste Hughes, 51, was reunited with her birth mother and brother after a lengthy search. Hughes was one of 200 children sold into adoption on the black […]

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Genetic Research Could Rewrite the History of the First Americans

The following excerpt is from an article by Mark Strauss, posted July 22, 2015 at the National Geographic website: Since the 1930s, it’s been a generally accepted theory that indigenous Americans are descendants of Siberians who came to the New World by crossing a land bridge into Alaska around 15,000 years ago. But, the details […]

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Dr. Cathy Petti – The Woman Who Is Ancestry’s New Chief Health Officer

The following teaser was posted July 21, 2015 to the website. Dr. Cathy Petti is the new chief health officer of She talks to Fortune about the launch of AncestryHealth and the company’s plans to expand its genetics business. It’s been a big couple of weeks for Dr. Cathy Petti, the new chief […]

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AncestryDNA & Calico to Research the Genetics of the Human Lifespan

The following news release was received from Collaboration Will Analyze Family History and Genetics to Facilitate Development of Cutting-Edge Therapeutics PROVO, Utah and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort […]

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Ancestry Launches AncestryHealth

The following press release is from Matthew Deighton at Dr. Cathy Petti Joins as Chief Health Officer to Spearhead Company’s Global Health Initiatives (PROVO, Utah) – July 16, 2015 – Ancestry (, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced the launch of AncestryHealth (, a new entity and resource to empower […]

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