Category Archives: DNA

Correction – DNA Sig will meet again in August

The DNA Sig meeting will resume August 10th

Jim Robeson, acting as teacher’s assistant, will lead the SIG meeting in August. There are lots of things to discuss, so we want to keep everyone informed. If you are interested in using DNA to assist in your genealogical efforts, this is the place to come ask your questions. Barbara Rae-Venter will be back in September.

If there are subjects you want covered or questions you have or if you want to present a new finding, please contact Jim directly. Either send email or come to the FHC on Friday mornings. You can also reply directly to this posting.

“Fall in love with some activity and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.” – Richard Feynman


Don’t forget, MoCoGenSo does NOT have a monthly meeting in July.

BTW, is having a big “firecracker” sale (they call it a “flash” sale). You can get good prices, but only for the next 2 days! As they say, “Cheap ancestors for sale”!

Order the DNA test, order 50% off membership account, work like crazy, get addicted to genealogy, and then join us at the next DNA Sig meeting!

“Let’s put smart to work!” – IBM

Ancestry DNA Circles going going gone by July 1

We only have 4 more days to preserve their contents.

Roberta Estes of the wonderful DNAeXplained blog has reminded us that DNA Circles are soon going to be a thing of the past.

This is reminder that Ancestry is permanently removing DNA Circles from customer accounts on July 1st. If you have not recorded the information held in your Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries, if you had any, do that NOW.

Circles provide you with information about people who match you that share a common ancestor, but they ALSO show you who else has tested and matches the people you match, but not you. That’s valuable information for numerous reasons. It verifies multiple children of that ancestor genetically and provides you with a genetic network to validate the ancestral connection for all of those people..

See her full posting here: DNAeXplained

” The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you look backwards, it looks flat, and when you look forward, it looks vertical. And it’s very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because it always looks the same.” – Sam Altman

End of an Era – National Genographic DNA Project is Going Bye Bye

This announcement appeared on the National Genographic website a couple of days ago.

I took my first “commercial” DNA test with the Genographic Project 1/3/2006 because I trusted National Geographic company!

A few months later I transferred my data to FTDNA and I was hooked! Now they are closing up shop.  I am sad to see them go. They provided raw data downloads and correct haplogroup identifiers, and that migration path my ancestors took that I still prize. They educated lots of folks about what deoxyribonucleic acid (aka DNA) has to do with history. You could say they were pioneers in this genetic genealogy field.

You have until the end of next year 2020 to get all your data from their website.

“A question cannot be answered until it is asked, and once asked, it cannot be unasked.” – Anthony Aguirre

Gedmatch has changed their access policies

Gedmatch has made a major adjustment to their polices regarding the access rights Law Enforcement have on their site.  Basically, all kits are now opted NO POLICE ACCESS by default.  If you want to Opt In, that is, allow Law Enforcement to include your kit in it’s match processes, then you need to get onto the GENESIS site and change your options.

I have just finished updating my kits to  allow full rights.  Basically, I reset my kits to be the way it was before this changeI am not going to debate the issue here.  Come to the DNA Sig and we can discuss it fully.  Meanwhile, here are the NEW categories.

We Took a Poll at the Dig

At the last meeting of the DNA Sig, we took a poll.  This was a non-random and not statistically significant poll, but it was written and in person.   The poll just surveyed what Genealogy & DNA company people actually are using.  The list was limited to the items on the poll.  There are other DNA companies out there, but they were not on the list.

There were 12 folks at the DNA Sig meeting.  I promised to share the results.

I was surprised that 23andMe was the high mark for DNA testing.  There is nothing wrong with 23andMe, thats not my point.  It is just that folks in the Dig group rarely talk about it! Interesting.  Perhaps we should repeat this little survey again sometime.