23andMe Adds Ten Genetic Risk Reports

Yesterday I received this announcement from 23andMe: I am happy to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 23andMe authorization to market ten direct-to-consumer, genetic health risk reports. This new category of health reports will provide customers with information about genetic variants that could increase their risk for certain diseases. The authorization… Continue reading 23andMe Adds Ten Genetic Risk Reports

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Revised Ethnic Origins at FamilyTreeDNA

Announcement This morning FamilyTreeDNA, one of the big players in DNA testing, announced that they have revised their ethnic origin percentage estimates: myOrigins 2.0 is here! Discover more of your story with myOrigins! We’re excited to announce the latest updates to myOrigins, our advanced and popular mapping tool that reveals your ethnic and geographic ancestry.… Continue reading Revised Ethnic Origins at FamilyTreeDNA

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AncestryDNA, Matches First See Each Other at Different Times

Did you know that AncestryDNA matches don't necessarily see each other for the first time at the same time? Recently a family member who had taken an Ancestry DNA test got a message from a close relative who had just received their Ancestry DNA results back, commenting on the DNA connection.  When the first person looked… Continue reading AncestryDNA, Matches First See Each Other at Different Times

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Learn About AncestryDNA Genetic Communities

Yesterday Ancestry launched a new component of AncestryDNA origins called Genetic Communities.  The ethnicity breakdown by percentages is still there.  Now there is also a set of one or more Genetic Communities for most testers. Genetic Communities were created based on Ancestry trees and DNA results.  They are smaller regions than in the ethnicity breakdown results.… Continue reading Learn About AncestryDNA Genetic Communities

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Join a Lineage Society to Preserve Your Research

Over a lifetime, you may discover a great deal of information about your family.  How are you going to preserve it?  We can post our trees online, but will that information still be there in many years?  You can ask your family to donate it, but will a library or society want what you have… Continue reading Join a Lineage Society to Preserve Your Research

How to Make a Shutterfly Book from a PowerPoint Presentation

This month I turned a PowerPoint booklet about my husband's genealogy into a Shutterfly book.  You can see a copy of it here.  I learned some tricks while doing this, so I am sharing them here. I am starting with a PowerPoint booklet with a title slide, content slides with page numbers starting at 1 after… Continue reading How to Make a Shutterfly Book from a PowerPoint Presentation

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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In Memory of My Father, Disabled Veterans Home

I often associate my love of genealogy with my father.  He was a computer guy, and bought me my first Family Tree Maker program.  He took my siblings and me to see his hometown in the Central Valley, where we saw places where our relatives used to live and work, collected vital records downtown, and… Continue reading In Memory of My Father, Disabled Veterans Home