Category Archives: DNA

DNA Discussions Survey – Nov 2019

At the last meeting of the DNA Sig, we took a poll. This was a not statistically significant poll, but it was written and in person. The poll just surveyed what Genealogy & DNA company people actually were 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.

This group,had Ancestry tree highest, but AncestryDNA and FTDNA were equal! We will repeat this little survey again.

Native American DNA and Ethnicity

Junel Davidsen gave a really interesting talk during our November 2019 monthly meeting about Native American DNA! It was interesting even for “non-natives”. 🙂  She gave history and presented data from her own ancestry and DNA results.

We have here the handout containing resources and links that Junel provided at the meeting. The file is a PDF with “live” links. It is full of links that will interest both DNA hunters and Native American Genealogy researchers. Download and enjoy.

Native American DNA Links

Genealogy with DNA Discussion Group to Meet on 1st Wednesdays

MoCoGenSo, in cooperation with the FHC, is going to form a new “discussion” group to explore genealogy and the use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) therein.

We are going to have our meetings discussion oriented, talking about using DNA to enhance our genealogical efforts. Our goal is to help each other learn.

The big deal about this restructuring is the scheduling: we are going to meet on the ”1st Wednesday of the month at 12 noon.


We will hold our first meeting November 6th in the Film room at the FHC. We will provide the large display monitor for computer screens when needed to enhance discussions. I will bring my laptop, you can bring yours. iPads work if you have the right adapter.

I have decided to monitor this group because I myself really do want to learn more. If we provide the forum, perhaps others will share too. We will open the door and see who comes in!


” Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.” – Tom Clancy


23AndMe Tree

News about the new tree is starting to come out.

In order to utilize the new tree feature, you must enable Beta for your account, which you can find under your name in the Settings area.

Be sure to go to the dna-explained.com blog to see Roberta Estes’ thoughts on the tree.

https://dna-explained.com/2019/09/26/23andme-automatically-creates-tree-using-new-technology-relationship-triangulation/

Adoptees must think they’ve died and gone to the happy hereafter, because all other vendors’ tree support requires you to actually HAVE a tree of some description. Of course, adoptees and people seeking an unknown parent don’t have trees for their unknown parents.

The following was written by 23AndMe themselves.

https://customercare.23andme.com/hc/en-us/articles/360036068393-The-23andMe-Family-Tree-Feature

“Your family tree is written in your DNA, and 23andMe researchers have developed an algorithm that can help you read it.

“Instead of relying on customers to painstakingly enter names and dates — or tracking down records — just to get started, 23andMe new Family Tree does it for you using your genetic connections and DNA Relatives.

“With the click of a button, your genetic family tree is built automatically by an algorithm that predicts relationships based the DNA shared between you and your DNA Relatives. The size of your family tree depends on how many connections and DNA Relatives you have close relationships with in the 23andMe database. Participating in 23andMe’s DNA Relatives tool helps improve the experience. Customers will also be able to add names of relatives, or ancestors, to the family tree whether or not those individuals are on 23andMe. As the 23andMe database grows, customers may see their trees expand.

“We created this new feature because we heard from customers who want to understand their recent family history, but don’t want the hassle of building a traditional family tree from scratch. The team is also working on additional functionality, such as the ability to edit your predicted relationships, which is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. 23andMe’s Family Tree offers a simple friction-free option, and a beautiful way to visualize how you connect with DNA Relatives.”

New 23AndMe Predicted Tree

23AndMe is at it again! They are experimenting with a Tree built from your DNA matches! They are calling it your “predicted tree”. It is similar in purpose to Ancestry’s Thrulines and MyHeritage’s Theory of Family Relativity but it is using those 23AndMe cousins who have been really hard to trace.

I just discovered it today… it hasn’t been discussed yet anywhere and doesn’t even have a real name yet.

Finding this new tool is easy in the IOS App, just move down the home page to where the icon to the tree appears, and click on it.

In the PC site, go to the “Ancestry” section, then go all the way to the bottom of the page and find “Family Tree Beta” in the right of the footer section. Or go to the “Family” section and pick the “Family Tree Beta”.

You should really check this out. It is great. This is the first DNA only tree I have seen. It only goes back 5 generations, and perhaps it limits display to those matching greater than X centimorgans.  We’ll find out details in the future.  Meanwhile,  I figure that the more people who use it, the more likely they are to keep it! Here is a snip from my predicted tree. Note the two cousins names next to my picture:

Perhaps we can explore this new tool at the first meeting of the Genealogy & DNA Discussion Group 🙂


”Never doubt the courage of the French. They were the ones that discovered that snails are edible.”


MyHeritage Buys Promethease

Found on the MyHeritage blog today!

Today we are announcing MyHeritage’s acquisition of SNPedia and Promethease, through acquiring the company that owned and operated them, River Road Bio, expanding our intellectual property in medical genetics. This marks our first consumer health acquisition and our 10th acquisition since MyHeritage’s founding. Promethease will be made free through the end of 2019 and SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.

Promethease

Promethease.com is a literature retrieval service. It allows consumers to upload their raw DNA data (from services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and others) and automatically compare it to SNPedia to see relevant scientific findings regarding their genome. The Promethease service currently costs $12, and offers consumers the option to store their DNA data. Since its launch in 2008, Promethease has become one of the world’s most popular consumer health services by allowing customers to obtain information based on their unique genetic makeup. Following this announcement, MyHeritage is transforming Promethease into a free service, effective today, and this free promotion will run until the end of 2019. MyHeritage intends to keep Promethease separate from its MyHeritage DNA health product line. Unlike Promethease, MyHeritage does not provide any health reports based on DNA data uploaded from other vendors. All of MyHeritage DNA’s health reports are based on clinical validation of the underlying DNA data.

Find out more, read the full announcement at:

https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-acquires-promethease-and-snpedia/

DNA Sig Announcement

Barbara Rae-Venter has resigned as facilitator of the MoCoGenSo DNA Special Interest Group (SIG).

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG was started by Barbara in the spring of 2016 and it has run for three years.  The Sig would not have been possible without her dedication.  We thank her for her service.

The Board of Directors is restructuring the Special Interest Group.  As we are working out the details, we solicit your input.  The date of the next meeting will be determined based on your feedback. 

You can contact MoCoGenSo officers at https://mocogenso.wordpress.com/business/officers/
or talk about it at the next Monthly meeting.