Former Torrance Detective Discover’s his Father’s Identity

Another wonderful story of DNA solving mysteries of the past.  The story was published in the Daily Breeze (which I recognize from my time living in neighboring Hermosa Beach): Former detective from Torrance solves a decades-long mystery — who his father was.  It's so great that DNA testing was able to correct the mistaken information about… Continue reading Former Torrance Detective Discover’s his Father’s Identity

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Season Four of “Finding Your Roots” Starts 3 October 2017

I love watching Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Each episode is a great combination of genealogy and general history.  A new season has been announced!  According to the official show website on PBS, guests this season will include: Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H.… Continue reading Season Four of “Finding Your Roots” Starts 3 October 2017

AncestryDNA Soon Requiring Each New DNA Kit to be Activated in a Unique Account

Ancestry announced that in two days, July 18th, each new AncestryDNA kit (except for minors) will need to be activated in a unique Ancestry account.  Ancestry wrote about it here: Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results.  This will make AncestryDNA a less desirable product as a result.  The company is trying to advertise it as… Continue reading AncestryDNA Soon Requiring Each New DNA Kit to be Activated in a Unique Account

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How Much DNA I Share With Each of My Grandparents

Last week I finally received the results of my first DNA test.  Yay.  I wrote about it in My DNA Results are Back; Break Out the Chocolate!  Like every good genetic genealogist should, I transferred my results to other platforms to connect with other family members and to use their tools.  I transferred my Ancestry results… Continue reading How Much DNA I Share With Each of My Grandparents

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How DNA is Used to Identify Servicemember Remains

Yesterday afternoon I watched a wonderful presentation by Ruy Cardoso titled "War Stories: Tales from Military Repatriation Research."  It was hosted by the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG).  (If you are a member of APG, you will be able see the recording through the APG website soon.)  Ruy Cardoso has worked on over twenty cases researching… Continue reading How DNA is Used to Identify Servicemember Remains

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