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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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AncestryDNA’s Autosomal DNA Test – Don’t by Scared Off From It.

Writing at The Genetic Genealogist, Blayne Bettinger, tells us why we shouldn’t let anyone talk us out of using AncestryDNA’s autosomal DNA test… The following teaser is from Bettinger’s blog: Many genetic genealogists, myself included, have had incredible success using AncestryDNA’s autosomal DNA test. Personally, several of my own major DNA discoveries have occurred though […]

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Richard III to Have His Genome Mapped

The following teaser is from an article by Kate Kelland, posted February 12, 2014 at iol.co.za: London – A year after they revealed a twisted skeleton found under a car park as the mortal remains of King Richard III, scientists in Britain plan to grind samples of his ancient bones and use them to map […]

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DAR Begins Accepting DNA Evidence

The following excerpt is from an article by Preston Trail and posted 1/6/2014 at www.planoland.com With the new year comes a new policy adaptation for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) regarding accepting DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership applications. DAR staff genealogists will now consider Y-DNA evidence along […]

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More on the 23andMe Debacle

Article by Dale Ralph Meitzler Another take on the 23andme case is found on tech.fortune.cnn.com in an article by Ryan Bradley titled “The curious case of 23andMe”. He states “The FDA approval process for medical devices is insane. Even the FDA knows it’s way too long and way too expensive.” I have to ask what’s […]

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FDA Warns 23andme to Stop Providing Inexpensive Genetic Testing

On November 22, 2013 the FDA sent a letter to 23andme telling them to stop selling their “23andMe Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service (PGS)” The reason for the halt is that their $99 service, which provides purchasers with a genetic analysis of their saliva, hasn’t been approved by the FDA. In the last […]

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