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number of SNPs tested by chip

I am testing the process of creating a Post here via Email. If it works well, perhaps we can get other folks to create postings too. This particular post might come or go rather quickly, so be-aware!

On a more serious note, I am going to create a table showing the number of SNPs tested by chip for the different testing companies. I was hoping to find what I wanted online somewhere, but alas, I will create one myself using these links.

ALL

https://isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_testing_comparison_chart

23andme

http://www.rootsandrecombinantdna.com/2018/01/23andme-chip-versions-comparison.html

https://isogg.org/wiki/23andMe#Chip_versions

AncestryDNA

https://isogg.org/wiki/AncestryDNA#Chip_versions

https://dna-explained.com/2016/10/05/ancestry-v1-vs-v2-test-comparison/

MyHeritage

https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/04/update-regarding-dna-test-processing-times/

Genographic

https://dna-explained.com/2016/10/05/ancestry-v1-vs-v2-test-comparison/

FTDNA

https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/autosomal-ancestry/universal-dna-matching/data-points/

As long as we remember, they never die!

“Now I’ve heard everything!”. The older one gets, the more often one might say that. Yet the world keeps surprising. This morning I discovered that someone sells gravestone cleaning solution kits!

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a great idea. They say that solving puzzles causes a dopamine rush which in turn causes addictive behavior. Which, they go on to say, is how genealogy can become addictive! Let me warn you, finding “lost” tombstones can also become addictive.

This picture is known as “The Genealogist Adventure Park.”. A copy of it is hanging in the Monterey Family History Center in Seaside.

This picture is of a genealogist getting a dopamine rush!

And this picture is of a tombstone cleaning kit which is available to buy at Billiongraves.com. Next time you go sleuthing for someone’s grave site and you know it is going to be an old one, perhaps you should carry a bottle of D/2 Biological Solution. Just to honor your ancestor, of course.

40% off Sale Price

The Original

How To Clean

What makes this especially rewarding is that just last night at the MoCoGenSo Board meeting, we discussed creating a “tour a graveyard” excursion for locals in the Monterey County area. If you are interested, contact any Board member. See Board of Directors


“You know you’re a genealogist if you’ve ever had your photo taken in front of a tombstone and you were actually smiling!” — my Quote excel file


Wisdom Words

Because I did a show-n-tell on using ThruLines from AncestryDNA, I feel sorta responsible that some people might trust what I say too much! I read lots of blogs about genealogy and genetics and so feel personally cautious when I am doing research. And as Charlie can tell you, my own trees might not be perfect 🙂

If you are jumping into ThruLines with gusto this week, my advice is to read this posting about it by Roberta Estes in her blog DNA Explained soon.

https://dna-explained.com/2019/03/11/ancestrys-thrulines-dissected-how-to-use-and-not-get-bit-by-the-gators/

She and I are not saying don’t use ThruLines. Instead, we are saying to be cautious about what you put into your tree! As Roberta says, you are entering Gator land ….

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Perhaps I should hold a session again on using Feedly as a blog consolidation tool. Humm. Anyone interested in a “team teaching” session at the MoCoGenSo or the DNA Sig meetings? If so, send an email or talk to Shelley or Barbara.

New Genealogy Work Group is Forming in Salinas

Here is an interesting announcement.  There is a “genealogy work group” forming in Salinas and you can be part of the founding group!

meet at:
John Steinbeck Library
350 Lincoln Ave
Salinas, CA
Tuesday March 26
6:00-7:00 pm
contact: seanb@ci.salinas.ca.us


Disclaimer: This group is not affiliated with MoCoGenSo, we are simply supporting the local genealogical community. Personally, if I lived in Salinas, I would attend this first meeting.


23andMe Maps

Honestly, I don’t hang out in the DNA testing sites as much as you might think. And when I do go to a site, I usually have a purpose, so I don’t try out new stuff that often. 23andMe has a new feature I just noticed a couple of days ago called MAPS. It is located in the DNA Relatives section, under either Ancestry or Family & Friends. Today it is highlighted in bright orange. I wasn’t expecting much as Maps at other sites are usually pretty boring. But I needed to try it.

When you see a match, you can click on it and it shows you the person’s name, relationship and city. Clicking on that display links to the DNA Comparison section with you and that person compared, which includes the segment comparison. It is slick indeed.

The MAP covers the world, wherever 23andMe has customers. I saw a few matches in Northern Europe, cool. Perhaps they can help me with some brick walls.

I decided to look around my local area, the Monterey County section, where much to my amazement, there are two 4th cousins showing! I was flabbergasted. Neither surname is known to me. But they are real 23andMe customers who are related to me somehow and they live just down the road. I am going to have to contact them.

Of course, my first email has to be gentle. I don’t want them to think I am stalking them! I need to locate some of those “recommended introductory” email examples that are floating around. I might even invite them to come to the FHC to meet me!

Then I stopped to think: “Could they see me all this time and have never contacted me?” Humm. Remember, I don’t know how long the MAP feature has been around. That thought led me to wonder about my own personal Profile in 23andMe. The current City was showing for people in my MAP, so that meant the Profile had to allow current location to be visible to everyone. Humm again. I had setup my profile so long ago that I couldn’t remember what it said. So I decided to check it, because I want my relatives to be able to find me!

I went to Settings under my name, clicked Edit under Personal Information and found Current Residence. It was blank! Darn…. I quickly changed it and am now waiting for someone to find me!

My recommendation to you, if you are a 23andMe customer, is to try the MAP. Look around, look where you were born, look where you live now, etc.. Then, if you like what you see, check your Profile too. Make sure you have Sharing allowed and Current Residence filled in. And then send your own “recommended introductory” emails.

And if you get an introductory email from a cousin, answer it!


”Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity.” – Andrew Ng ==> then plug me in