Michael Lacopo Speaking at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Spring Seminar on April 8th

Michael Lacopo will be giving four lectures at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) Seminar in a few weeks, on April 8th.  Two of his lectures will be on DNA and two will be on German-American research.  More details about the event are at the SGGS website here. Dr. Lacopo is a great lecturer, and wrote the great… Continue reading Michael Lacopo Speaking at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Spring Seminar on April 8th

DNA Origins: Analyzing Results of two Scandinavians, Norwegian and Swedish

Millions of people have taken DNA tests.  Many have taken them not as much to connect with DNA relatives but to find out their ethnic origins.  However, this is still a relatively new and developing field.  Any ethnicity results now are expected to change as the science improves.  They are not expected to be 100%… Continue reading DNA Origins: Analyzing Results of two Scandinavians, Norwegian and Swedish

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AncestryDNA Adds New Feature for Individuals with Parents in the Database

This weekend I was perusing my DNA kits to check for new matches, and I noticed a new feature on AncestryDNA.  On the DNA match list page, in the filters section there is a new button for some profiles.  If a parent was also tested by AncestryDNA, you can filter matches based on that person.  For… Continue reading AncestryDNA Adds New Feature for Individuals with Parents in the Database

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How to Tell When DNA Matches Might be False Positives

So you took an autosomal DNA test, and have pages and pages of matches.  Are all of them family?  The answer is no.  Some will be false positives, matching your DNA by chance rather than because you are related.  How can you tell?  Blaine Bettinger, who brought us the awesome DNA cM relationship chart I… Continue reading How to Tell When DNA Matches Might be False Positives

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FamilyTreeDNA Now Accepting Transfers of Recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests

I wasn't sure this day would come, but I'm excited it has!  Toward the end of last year FamilyTreeDNA was no longer taking Autosomal DNA transfers from the most recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests.  To be precise, those are the AncestryDNA V2 and 23andMe V4 test results.  I was worried that they were planning to… Continue reading FamilyTreeDNA Now Accepting Transfers of Recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests

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DNA Testing, The Difference it Makes Testing One Generation Back: Case Study

It is often recommended to give a DNA test to the oldest generation possible.  But how much does this really matter? When I was starting out in DNA research a few years ago, I thought that testing a child versus their parent didn't really matter.  I thought because a child had half of each parent's… Continue reading DNA Testing, The Difference it Makes Testing One Generation Back: Case Study

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RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Very exciting.  RootsTech has announced the schedule of sessions that will be LiveStreamed next month, from Wednesday, February 8th, to Saturday, February 11th.  So those of us unable to attend in person can feel part of the genealogy community.  The schedule has been published here and I am posting it below: Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit… Continue reading RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

AncestryDNA, How to Find Your Shared DNA in Centimorgans

Do you know how to find the length of shared DNA with an AncestryDNA match in centimorgans (cMs)?  If not, you are not alone.  This is one of the most critical measures of a DNA relationship, yet Ancestry hides it away so that a user probably has to stumble across it.  Why?!  This week three of… Continue reading AncestryDNA, How to Find Your Shared DNA in Centimorgans

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