Category Archives: DNA

Family Tree Visualization

This is a quick note to tell you about a web based tool I just discovered tonight. It is so much fun that I had to pop this post so you can try it too (before it goes away?).

The tool is called “Family Tree Visualization” and it can be found here:
https://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/

The tool analyzes your family tree (from the gedcom you upload) and then gives you an interactive display of the tree on your screen. But don’t stop there, move the mouse pointer around, click on the places where I have marked in red below (see left side too), scroll the mouse wheel, experiment => the darn thing is full of information about your tree. This is an excellent tool that is both fun and useful.

The display only shows your ancestors, but the statistics include summarizations from all of your tree! So upload a full gedcom. Use this on your desktop or laptop computer because you need the mouse. No iPads here!

“Wow, this is amazing.” If this is old news to you, then I can only say “Why didn’t you tell me before?”


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday May 12 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). (I like to think of mtDNA as the “white part of the egg”.)

Also, Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT



I have just discovered a great place to help me learn about tricks and techniques regarding DNA testing, using Gedmatch, creating dummy trees, and on and on. Perhaps you can learn from this place too. The only gotcha is that it is a group within FaceBook. Aww… If you are a user of FaceBook and you have or are considering DNA testing for genealogy sake, then go to FaceBook and join the group called:

Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques

It is a closed group, you have to name one of the DNA testing companies to get in. It is monitored by Blaine Bettinger. You get new postings whenever they show up. The topics are almost always questions from people — the answers are in the comments. Sure, they won’t all apply to your case, but hang in there! There are over 40,000 members, and your questions are bound to show up! And some really smart people are giving answers!


“If an only child marries an only child, they will never become an aunt or uncle.


MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday April 14 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

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

10:10 to 10:20 Follow up on Using an iPad for Genealogy Research – James Robeson

10:20 to 10:30 Photograph tips – John Light

10:30 to 11:15 Irish Institute Review – Junel Davidson

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

11:30 to 12:00 Meeting for those interested in working on forensic samples

Next meeting: Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA

Barbara Rae-Venter will give a practice presentation on DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT

 

  • Barbara is an invited speaker at the following event:
  1. Southern California Jamboree May 31-June 2, 2018,
  2. On May 31 at 3:30 pm: Cold Case Solved: The Continuing Story
  3. On June 1 at 5 pm:
    DNA AND UNCOVERED SECRETS: HELP AND SUPPORT.

“All else being equal, the most likely hypothesis is the one with fewer assumptions.” – Occam’s razor


What to do if your family tree has 13 million persons

The research article in Science Magazine that used family trees from geni.com is really quite interesting. It is titled “Quantitative analysis of population-scale family trees with millions of relatives”. If you are interested in the findings, then Click here to go to the Science article. You will need to click View Full Text after reaching the abstract.

One of the findings is that living into your 90’s is not primarily a function of genetics, but living into your 100’s does appear to be have genetic influences. So you really should continue to eat fruits and vegetables and exercise daily. You can slack off when you reach 100 – then you know your genes have been working too! 🙂

The company My Heritage owns the company Geni, it was purchased in 2012. My Heritage is doing DNA tests, the giant 13-million public tree came from Geni. Both companies have products. After reading the article in Science, I have decided to check out both companies. I have had the basic free account at Geni for a few years (and some of my ancestors were probably included in the study) and am now thinking about upgrading to the Pro $$ account.

The blog called The Legal Genealogist did a great job of comparing My Heritage and Geni a couple of years ago. The comparison was done in two parts which can be reached here. I am starting my research here.

Click here for Part 1.

Click here for Part 2.


“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu


DNA SIG Meeting Saturday February 10 at 10 am

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:
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 10:30 Probability Tool at DNA Painter Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15 The Other DNA Linda McNeal Millerick

Linda will share with us her work on her McNeal/Macneill ancestry using her bother’s Y DNA test results.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

March: Need a volunteer
April: Junel will review the week-long Irish Institute she attended
May: Kathy Nielsen will share some of her work with mtDNA


“Yo, is it true that, even tho there are 7 billion more people today than 3 million years ago, that the world weighs the same now?” – @neiltyson


DNA Meeting handout available for download.

Barabara Rae-Venter, our DNA Sig leader, has had a busy week. She was the lecturer at the MoCoGenSo monthly meeting last Thursday evening and today at the annual DAR Ancestor Roundup, she taught two sessions. And she will be leading our DNA Sig next Saturday too!

She passed out a sheet Thursday evening that had various pointers, web sites, programs name, etc.. She has graciously agreed to let us post the document here for you to download. The links in the PDF file are live.

The programs mentioned in the advanced DNA meeting at the Ancestor Roundup are included in this file.

To download the file, CLICK HERE.

This file will be made a permanent fixture here later, in our Meetings page.

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

DNA SIG – Saturday Jan 13

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this coming Saturday at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room)

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

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

Bonnie Hill and Barbara Rae-Venter both attended the FamilyTreeDNA 2017 Project Administrators’ Annual Meeting in Houston and the 2017 i4GG Conference in San Diego.  They are each going to cover some of the presentations from those conferences.

10:15 to 10:45  Bonnie:  LivingDNA* presentation by Katie Welka

FTDNA Group Administrator Pages (GAP) Breakout Session

*LivingDNA is a new consumer DNA testing company:  www.livingdna.com

10:45 to 11:15   Barbara:  Pedigree Triangulation by CeCe Moore

Science the Heck out of Your DNA by Leah Larkin

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Reminder:  The DAR Ancestor Round Up is on Saturday February 3, 2018 at the FHC 8:30 to 3:30.

Barbara is giving two presentations at the Roundup:

  1. Can DNA Testing Help Me With My Brick Wall?  This is an introductory level presentation
  2. New Tools For Making The Most Of Your Autosomal DNA Matches.  This is an advanced level presentation.

Barbara is also giving a presentation at the MoCoGenSo monthly meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7 pm:

  1. I Have Taken a DNA Test: Now What Do I Do? This is an intermediate level presentation.

“One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.” – Franklin P. Jones