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23andMe Addresses the ‘Show Close Relatives’ Settings — Finally!

23andMe Addresses the ‘Show Close Relatives’ Settings — Finally!

Today DNA testing company 23andMe put a new policy into effect concerning DNA Relatives. Until today, June 5th, 2014, someone would have to check a box in their profile to agree to ‘show close relatives’ before they saw relatives closer than 2nd cousin such as half-siblings, parents, children, aunts and uncles, or nieces or nephews. This has caused no end of grief to parents and children being tested, not being aware of the setting and … Read entire article »

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23andMe – Show Close Relatives Button

23andMe – Show Close Relatives Button

Show Close Relatives The main reason adoptees and genealogists buy a DNA kit from 23andMe is to find relatives, preferably close relatives, to help them recreate or verify their family tree. Genealogists are generally trying to either break through brick walls — ancestors whose parents aren’t known — or verify that the tree they have is correct. Adoptees and Orphans have to start building their tree from scratch. The best and easiest way to do this … Read entire article »

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23andMe Ancestry Composition V3

23andMe Ancestry Composition V3

New Ancestry Composition at 23andMe Recently, 23andMe came out with their third ethnicity calculator. As DNA mavens know, Ancestry DNA came out with a new version of their Ethnicity calculator this year and it broke down the African continent – something 23andMe has been promising for a long time. Finally in response, 23andMe has presented it’s breakdown for the African Continent. Congrats to those that are helped by that!I don’t know enough about non-European genealogy to … Read entire article »

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23andMe Site Makeover – Color That Site! Will Save Your Aching Eyes

23andMe Site Make Over 23andMe‘s new site makeover has given me a headache — literally! After months of negative feedback, 23andMe has gone ahead with it’s ill-thought-out site make over. Not only is this a waste of effort compared to things that have needed fixed for years (Hello — the email system is 98% Neandertal!) but the gleaming white background has made yours truly unable to even fairly review the changes because within minutes my eyes start strobing or I get spots fluttering over the screen. Within fifteen minutes I have a headache. I have other sites that are problems but it is so annoying that the site, that I use the most for my family search, is making me physically ill. Color That Site! While they seem to have realized the expanse … Read entire article »

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23andMe Site Redesign – Where Is the Site Search Function?

23andMe Site Redesign – Where Is the Site Search Function?

Search Link for 23andMe For my reader’s convenience, I’m putting the link to a search page at the top of the story: Click Here to Search 23andMe New Design Despite feedback from ‘experienced’ users that they didn’t like the new beta site, 23andMe has rolled it out to everyone. I have to admit, I’m not fond of it. For one, it now overrides my background settings forcing me to look at a bright white screen. I work on my … Read entire article »

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How to Contact 23andMe Customer Support

How to Contact 23andMe Customer Support

23andMe Changes 23andMe has made their helpdesk almost impossible to contact. You have to search through the site with a fine-toothed comb to find the new “Customer Care” center. Not only that, but you have to fit your request into one of the categories –many problems are NOT covered by a category they have listed and there’s no ‘general’ category. They have made it damn near impossible to contact them and even harder to figure out how … Read entire article »

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