BCG Presentations 6 Oct 2017

BCG has announced the lineup of this year's day of presentations, to be held 6 October 2017. 9:00 a.m. - "Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s." Martha Garrett, CG 10:15 a.m. - "Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise." Jeanne Bloom, CG 11:30… Continue reading BCG Presentations 6 Oct 2017

New York Times Article, With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories are Rewritten

The week The New York Times published an interesting article about DNA testing: "With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories are Rewritten."  This article is well-informed, cautioning the reader that DNA services have limitations, the tests cannot determine the exact countries of origin, and sometimes unexpected relationships are discovered.  The ending is awkward, but overall… Continue reading New York Times Article, With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories are Rewritten

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Helping an Older Person Take a Saliva-Based DNA Test, One Success and One Failure

This is a follow-on to my article How to Help an Older Person Take a Saliva-Based DNA Test. Earlier this year I learned from Judy Russell that there are methods to help an older person take a saliva-based DNA test.  The cheek-scrape tests are generally not a problem, but saliva-based tests can be difficult. I sent… Continue reading Helping an Older Person Take a Saliva-Based DNA Test, One Success and One Failure

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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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