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Item from group meeting today

At the DNA Discussion group today, I mentioned a bit about a phenotype study Parabon is doing.  I have decided it does not relate to the MoCoGenSo  charter, so I am not posting the information here.

But I did promise to provide the information to the DNA group.  If you are interested, you can see the information in my personal blog: CLICK HERE.

If you are not interested in this subject, just ignore this post.  Thanks
Jim Robeson

Geneanet . org

Today during the DNA Discussion meeting we were shown a genealogical site that I hadn’t seen before. Geneanet is a European based genealogy research service headquartered in France. Launched in 1996 specifically to help family historians search for and share relevant information, the website has had over a decade to accumulate submitted data and add that to its ever growing archive of records.

Basic services are free, and there is a fee based Premium service too. You can build your tree with Gedcom upload. And you can upload your DNA data files from other companies. They do not do DNA testing but they do matching!

If you are “into” genealogy and have European ancestry, this site is worth a look. Give it a once over, do some searching. Our demo today made the site look interesting.


2021 ANCESTOR ROUNDUP: SAVE THE DATE!

The 40th Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogy Seminar will be held as a virtual online event on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  The local DAR is in the process of setting up the classes and will provide more detailed information at a later date.

This seminar, put on by the local Commodore Sloat Chapter of the DAR, is always a highlight of the year for genealogists of all experience levels. The covid-19 virus has forced them to hold the meetings online. I think this is actually a blessing in disguise — I will be able to drink coffee all morning and eat popcorn all afternoon! And there will be no line at the restroom! What a deal… Yes, I will miss meeting everyone at the great luncheons. Those deserts were always great. But, I do plan to attend! Hopefully you can make it too.

The seminar is an all day event, so plan accordingly. Reserve Saturday, January 23, 2021 for genealogy reasons!

If you are interested and did not receive an email about this, contact Suzanne Schultz with your questions at monterey.californiadar.org/ or DAR.AncestorRoundup@gmail.com .


The AncestryDNA matching updates have been completed.

Darn, I was wrong when I wrote that post inviting us to the DNA Sig meeting: Ancestry.com actually HAS competed the changes they promised! It took a woman in London to set me on the correct path. Embarrassing, it is.

CLICK HERE to see the Cruwys news blog by Debbie Kennett where she does a pretty good job talking about the changes.

Hopefully we can have a good discussion tomorrow at the DNA Discussions meeting. I can at least show how I got confused.


Now I have to change the other post to “make it right”!


Monthly Meeting – September 3, 2020 – “Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching With and Without a Name Index” by Stephen P. Morse via Zoom

When the 1950 census will be released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. Finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration District (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website stevemorse.org contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.

Stephen P. Morse was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in 2006, the APGQ Excellence Award, and the National Genealogical Society – Award of Merit in 2007. It was in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field of Genealogy. His “One-Step” search tools have assisted genealogists greatly by making it easier to find their ancestors within existing large genealogical databases. He is a computer professional who holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 which sparked the PC revolution.

The Zoom meeting will start at 7:00 pm sharp. For security reasons, the meeting will be by invitation only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, send an email with your email address to our Membership VP, Marilyn Ruccello.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, click here.


”The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits!” – Albert Einstein


A new Heatmap for your Y-DNA

If you know your Y-DNA haplogroup, you can go to this new site to get a “heatmap”.  That is, you can see where your Y-DNA is located in the world according to the data in YFULL.  Just enter your haplogroup into the little box on the left and click submit.

http://phylogeographer.com/scripts/heatmap.php

The above map is for my personal Y-DNA haplogroup I-A13289. There are only 2 of us in YFULL, and we both trace our paternal selves to Scotland!

Just for fun…

Ancestry has a new Owner

Ancestry has been in the news lately, many new things have been announced in the last 5 weeks.  We are now finding out why!!  What a deal….

The first recent announcement came out yesterday:  the new HEALTH DNA test is now available.  $179 will tell you all….

The second announcement came out today: Blackstone Group Inc. acquired a 75% stake in Ancestry for $4.7 billion !  Wow, that is lots of money for only 3/4 of Ancestry.  According to Bloomberg, Silver Lake and Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund GIC Pte have been majority owners since 2016, when they bought it for $2.6 billion. It was taken private in 2012 for $1.6 billion by private equity firm Permira.  It was originally a public company, raising $100 million at its IPO in 2009.  This has been quite a ride for “just a genealogy company”!

Their statistics show this:

Given their size and recent financial dealings, it is understandable that they have wanted to get their computer systems to perform better and faster.  The simple changes they have announced regarding DNA are

  1. Accurate # of shared segments (early August)
  2. See length of longest segments (mid August)
  3. Sharing cutoff will be 8 cM (late August)

We now know the rest of the story!!


July was a busy month for some

Lots of things made the news in July 2020.

<:> Jeff Bezos said he would double any Bitcoin sent to him! So did Warren Buffet, Barack Obama and Bill Gates. A 17 year old kid will probably be found guilty, and then hired since he is obviously well skilled in Twitter tricks!

<:> Gedmatch was hacked so that, temporarily, all kits were eligible for search by police! And unreal kits appeared. Who was hurt? The owners of Gedmatch, Verogen, Inc., were a bit embarrassed. But it doesn’t seem that any real people were hurt. (I doubt we ever figure who was responsible. Hopefully lots of unsolved cases get solved this year!)

<:> MyHeritage users are possibly being targeted by phishing emails. If you get an email from ‘info@myheritaqe . com” instead of “info@myheritage . com” (note the “q” instead of “g”), hit delete quick! This actually could be quite dangerous, do watch out for MyHeritage emails that want you to click on something.

<:> And big noisy news came from AncestryDNA. They are making changes again, some of which lots of people do not like! More on that later.

<:> July was so exciting that the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to wait until August 1st to quietly announce that they are beginning to accept autosomal DNA as evidence of lineage submitted with DAR membership!

CLICK HERE to see the announcement on their Blog. What a deal. Of course, there are gotcha stuff in the details. It only works for the first 3 generations, and only when traditional documentation does not exist or cannot be obtained due to sealed records. I need to be honest, I haven’t read the fine print, but this could be quite exciting news for adoptees and children of adoptees. If you are considering joining the DAR, be sure to read more about this on your own.

SAR has accepted autosomal DNA for a while. When I Googled SAR DNA, I discovered that they require the cM segment size to be 7 cM or more! And you have to have 30 cM or more composed of 7 cM segments! Leave to the SAR to complicate things. Hopefully we will get details from a Daughter or Son on this “quiet” news.

AncestryDNA

First off, if you use Chrome with the extension MedBetter, please uninstall MedBetter. Then Google it to find out why.

The changes:
1) More accurate number of shared segments (goes live in early August)
2) Ability to see the length of the longest shared segment (goes live in mid August)
3) Distant DNA matches must share 8 cM or higher (goes live in late August)

Please note the difference between the SAR and AncestryDNA. They should have discussed their differences first! Not very empathetic of AncestryDNA!


Hopefully some of you will join us at the next DNA Discussion Group and explain these Newsy items more clearly!


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