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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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A Study on French Canadian DNA and the Implications for Genetic Genealogy

A Study on French Canadian DNA and the Implications for Genetic Genealogy

I have often lamented the lack of genetic genealogy studies based on French Canadians. As a group, they are a remarkable example of a founder population and the detailed records kept by the Catholic priests mean that it is a population where genealogy and genetics meet. A recent paper published in the European Journal of Human Genetics on a study of French Canadian DNA has implications for all genetic genealogy but especially for those from … Read entire article »

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AncestryDNA – The cM Mb Disparity – Updated!

AncestryDNA – The cM Mb Disparity – Updated!

UPDATE: Found at the bottom of the article! There are different ways of measuring DNA and the most basic is by counting the bp, or base pairs, within a segment. This method counts each nucleotide – A, T, C, or G – within a segment. This is fine for defining where gene locations or finding SNPs, but if you’re trying to determine how closely related you are to someone else, it’s not the best measuring stick. … Read entire article »

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New FTDNA Ethnicity Calculator: myOrigins – They Bunted

New FTDNA Ethnicity Calculator: myOrigins – They Bunted

Ethnicity Calculators The Big Three genealogy companies (Ancestry.com, 23andMe and FTDNA) all have ethnicity calculators. You can also get your ethnicity done at a higher price at several smaller companies but I don’t have experience with them so I will be focusing on the top three companies. Unfortunately, FTDNA’s current calculator has been terrible for most people. It was interesting when it came out, but even then, as an adoptee, I knew it was wrong. My … Read entire article »

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My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

  I Started Out as a Small Adopted Child I got very lucky and met a reporter who was interested in my adoption story and in searching for my birth family through DNA testing. The reporter, Kristen Shamus, is a fellow French Canadian — we met at a French Canadian Heritage Society in Michigan meeting! Ms Shamus is a very thorough investigator. I really appreciate all the time she spent interviewing the various DNA testing companies and … 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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