Category Archives: DNA

AncestryDNA and Other Goodies (a test covering this will be given at the DNA Sig)

Ancestry DNA for someone else, like child, parent, etc. who doesn’t want to be bothered with an account:

  • You can create an e-mail account in their name, although you will control it. Any of the free email providers will do.
  • You do not need to purchase Ancestry subscriptions for them, particularly if you already have one for yourself. When you activate the DNA kit, that will create an Ancestry account, but without a subscription. You can then – acting as the third party – grant yourself permission to manage their account.

AncestryDNA has 7 different groups for predicted relationships:

  • Parent/Child
  • Immediate Family (full siblings)
  • Close Family (half siblings, grandparent/grandchild, aunt/uncle/niece/nephew)
  • 1st cousin
  • 2nd cousin
  • 3rd cousin
  • 4th cousin
  • Distant Cousin.

Here are some helpful sites explaining some of this DNA stuff.  Not in any special order.

Understanding Your AncestryDNA Matches –  LegacyTree

https://www.legacytree.com/blog/understanding-ancestrydna-matches

Understanding Your Relationship to DNA Matches After Autosomal Testing–  Colleen in YouTube (a college assignment!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ6yme0t-ZA

First Steps When Your DNA Results are Ready –  DNAeXplained

https://dna-explained.com/2019/08/06/first-steps-when-your-dna-results-are-ready-sticking-your-toe-in-the-genealogy-water/

ThruLines Tidbits by Jim Bartlett at Segment-ology

https://segmentology.org/2019/08/01/how-does-thrulines-work/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/a-few-thrulines-are-false-and-some-are-misleading/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/thrulines-helps-with-y-dna-and-mtdna/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/add-thrulines-info-into-match-notes/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/thrulines-and-clusters-and-snowballs/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/use-match-notes-from-thrulines-to-identify-clusters/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/thrulines-has-x-ray-vision/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/help-thrulines-by-adding-children-and-grandchildren/

https://segmentology.org/2019/07/29/thrulines-finds-your-common-ancestors/

DNA Sig Meeting August 10th at 10:00am

23AndMe recently released a trait report looks at a customer’s likelihood of having a fear of public speaking. While a fear of public speaking, also known as glossophobia, doesn’t present any serious health consequences, it can hamper career advancement or your speech at the next DNA Sig.

The issue was that my wife and I tested at 23AndMe way back in 2010 on their chip #2. The SNPs necessary to get new trait reports, including glossophobia, were not included on that model. 23AndMe is now using chip #5. We needed to upgrade.

June 24th, 23AndMe sent us an email saying we could purchase an Upgrade test using chip #5 for only $125. This would include, of course, both Health and Ancestry options. Needless to say, both Sandra and I purchased the upgrade. Our DNA extraction is in process, with expected due date being August 22.

I don’t need a DNA test to prove that I have glossophobia. No matter, I am still going to monitor our monthly DNA Sig this Saturday Aug 10 starting at 10:00 am.

Topics covered by me at the Sig will be:

• A case study in which I solved an adopted person’s quest to find her father (in my wife’s family)
• More about the 23AndMe upgrade option
• The new 23AndMe collaboration with FamilySearch which is in beta test now
• Some brief mentions for beginners in their genetic genealogy quest.

Since I am glossophobic, I will also bring a load of questions for the group to answer! And if you have questions about your recent DNA test, please bring them along. We are depending on you to cover for me…


“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” – Sheryl Sandberg


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


Reminders

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


BTW, Ancestry.com 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