Category Archives: DNA

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.

 

 

DNA Sig Meeting May 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DIG meeting May 11, 2019 at the Seaside FHC at 10:00 am. We will meet in the Fireside Room (behind the computer room)

Schedule:

10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations. Please consider volunteering! Work In Progress is Fine.

10:15 to 11:15* Showing off the new Thrulines in Ancestry.com and some MyHeritage splashy things. James Robeson

*If time allows, Barbara will tell us more!

11:15 to 11:30 Questions

Barbara is giving the following presentations:
California Association of Criminalists Oakland, CA May 13-17
Topics in Forensic Science Conference, Houston TX June 12-13, 2019

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Next meeting: Saturday June 8, 2019


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A little experiment – MyHeritage DNA Kit completed – abt 5 weeks

The excitement over MyHeritage’s new Theory of Relativity caused me to order their DNA test. I have taken ever other type of genetic genealogy DNA test there is, so I figure one more shouldn’t hurt! The last test I took was a Big-Y at FTDNA and it took about a year to get my results. Since FTDNA does the processing for MyHeritage, I have decided to track the time it takes to get my results.

Apparently MyHeritage is switching to a new chip type, perhaps this will cause a bit of a delay over normal. And I presume the Theory of Relativity has stimulated many new testers besides me. So I am expecting above average turn around time.

Anyway… I put my “biohazard” sample into the mailbox this afternoon, March 13. I am hopeful. I have heard good things about MyHeritage DNA reports and am anxious to see them.

Follow Up
2-28-2019 Ordered
3-13-2019 Mailed Kit
3-20-2019 Sample Received by labs
4-23-2019 DNA Kit Available!

It only took about 5 weeks from the time I mailed the sample. Not bad at all. But, when I attempted to download my raw DNA file, I received this message:

Your DNA sample was processed using a new chip. We are working to support the export of DNA data processed on the new chip, and this will be available soon.

So, good news, bad news. It looks like everything else is there, I am still having fun playing around.

5-8-2019 DNA Raw Data is available. I am not sure when it was ready, but it is now and I have downloaded! Overall, I am quite satisfied with MyHeritage’s DNA test turnaround time.

Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential includes Barbara Rae-Venter

The leader and founder of our DNA Interest Group here at MoCoGenSo, Barbara Rae-Venter, was just announced to be one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in 2019“!

You may remember that earlier this year Barbara was selected as one of NATURE Magazine’s “10 People Who Mattered This Year“. This new honor is even more impressive when you realize that only two people are on both lists: Barbara for her work as a pioneer in using DNA to solve crimes and Mr. He Jiankui, the scientist who used CRISPR to edit the genomes of two infants in China. Time Magazine must feel that DNA is on the forefront of fields set to make major changes in our society.

This puts Barbara in the room with Lady Gaga, Jane Goodall, Xi Jinping, Robert Mueller, Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Greta Thunberg, Tiger Woods, Mark Zuckerberg and 90 more!

The full set of the 100 “Most Influential” list can be seen here: TIME 100 for 2019. Or find it by searching for TIME 100.

If you want to see Barbara in person, come to our monthly DNA Interest Group meetings. We are lucky to have Barbara in our group, helping us with our own genetic genealogy puzzles.

Congratulations again, Barbara.

ThruLines Cookie Workaround

Follow-up to our DNA SIG meeting yesterday:

We discussed the Cookie problem when using ThruLines in AncestryDNA. It has been posted in the web that clearing cookies before going into Ancestry will solve the disappearing Thrulines problem. But many people do not know how to clear their cookies! We know AncestryDNA is working on the issue, but they can’t rush a fix since this is their bread-n-butter system.

Suggestions have been made as a workaround that should help those who don’t know how to clear their cookies. In Chrome simply open an Incognito window by clicking on the 3 dots in upper right corner and then click the menu item before going into Ancestry. In Firefox, open a Private window via similar right click menu.  This should work in all OS types, Windows, Apple, Linux.

See Kitty Cooper’s blog for more information about ThruLines in general and the note about the work around.
blog.kittycooper.com/2019/03/ancestrys-new-dna-feature-thrulines.


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