Category Archives: DNA

DNA Sig – Saturday Sep 9

This is reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this 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

10:15 to 10:30 Follow up discussion on Who’s your Mamma? Charlotte Jane’s many stories given by Patricia Burrow Barbara Rae-Venter and Pat Burrow

10:30 to 11:15 Use of the X chromosome in solving family history mysteries
by Barbara Rae-Venter
In March 2016, Barbara volunteered her time to assist “Lisa Jensen”, a woman in her 30’s, learn who her parents are and where she is from. Lisa was abducted when she was less than six months old. When arrested, her kidnapper refused to provide any information as to who Lisa was or where she was from.

The story of identifying Lisa and the surprising aftermath is summarized in the following newspaper article:

Boston Globe

In previous presentations on the “Lisa Project”, Barbara has focused on the methodology used to identify Lisa’s parents, namely autosomal DNA segment triangulation. In this presentation, she will discuss the use of the X chromosome in genetic genealogy and in particular, the role it played in identifying Lisa’s immediate family. In addition, Barbara will share some of the insights she learned from working on the Lisa Project.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

Next meeting: Saturday October 14, 2017

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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DNA Notes from Junel Davidson

If you are interested in the free streaming videos of Southern California Jamboree sessions being held June 9-11, see list below. Link to register (free): http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/jamboree/

Don’t have to be a member.

Also DNA sessions on Thursday – ‘pay per view’ see website http://genealogyjamboree.com/

– All available through July 10th, if you can’t watch live.

Friday, June 9

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
FR009 Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FR018 Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
FR027 Treasures in Township Records
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
FR035 From Famine to Plenty – Finding My Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
SA018 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SA027 Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SA036 Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SA045 Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
Presented by Randy Whited

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
SA052 DNA vs. Irish Annals
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
SU009 Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
SU018 Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
SU027 What’s New in Eastern European Genealogy?
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SU036 Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books
Michael John Neill

Not able to watch live? No Problem!

If you can’t watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before midnight, July 10, 2017, on the Jamboree Registration & Viewing Portal (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

You do not have to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos.

Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup

We learned about mitochondrial DNA the other day at the DNA Sig. 23andMe provides a data file that can be downloaded that contains most of your important mitochondrial SNPs (up to 19% of the total). That file can be uploaded to a site run by James Lick that will provide your maternal haplogroup. (Upload the text file from within the Zip file.) This service is quick and easy and free! Go to the site here: dna.jameslick.com/mthap/.

Once you have your haplogroup, then you can start tracing your longitudinal maternal tree from “Eve” forward in time to some thousand years before present.  We were told about a site in the UK run by Ian Logan at www.ianlogan.co.uk/mtDNA.htm but I’ll be honest, I couldn’t figure out much from that site.

So I used Google to find a mtDNA tree located at www.phylotree.org/tree/index.htm.

I found my branch in this tree, and for me, er, that is my mother’s mother’s mother (etc), I found that we came from Denmark and Ireland. This is good news because I have a “brick wall” along my maternal lines that is located in Ireland. My 2nd great grandmother on my mother’s side, Margaret White, came from Ireland. Her husband, James Mitchell, died on the trip to the USA. Since the people in the UK moved around alot, and since I have not been able to confirm the Mitchells and Whites in Ireland, I have never been sure….

Now I figure that my DNA is telling me that yes, I am really partially Irish and that part came from Danish immigrants to Ireland.

My maternal haplogroup, from James Lick’s site, is H1e1a3. Coincidentally, the National Genographic Geno-2 test also gave me that same value. FTDNA only gave me H1e1a.

Of course, the ethnicity reports I have received from the big sites all show some Irish: 23andMe (41% Britain/Ireland), Ancestry (20% Ireland) and National Genographic (30% Britain/Ireland). But these reports are from all my DNA. The tricks we learned in the DNA Sig were from my maternally passed mitochondrial DNA. That is, they showed me a snapshot into the ancestry of my 2nd great grandma Margaret! This has been a good “mother’s day” for me!

If there are any H1e1a3 folks out there, give a shout. perhaps our DNA will match somewhere.


“I used to have a lot of free time… then I discovered genealogy.”


The Lisa Project

The Lisa Project was a roaring success! The team pulled together by Barbara Rae-Venter and the DNA Special Interest Group here was able to identify the missing child and in the process helped solve a serial killer’s rampage. The Lisa Project is finished, but the DNA Sig here at MoCoGenSo is still going strong, and the DNA Adoption site is still helping to discover the ancestry of adopted folks. Volunteers are still wanted.

Meanwhile, if you like a good mystery story, or would like to read about the results of the Lisa Project, the Boston Globe has just this morning published a great article about “Lisa” and the serial killer who abducted her. To find out the real birth name of Lisa, click the following link. (You can click Close in the upper left to not sign up for an account.)

Finding Lisa

The article is long, but interesting all the way to the end. Barbara, Junel Davidsen and the Monterey County Genealogy Society are all mentioned!

And remember, the DNA Sig that cracked this case meets at the FHC on the 2nd Saturday of most every month. (Always check here for the schedule.) Perhaps Barbara will let you help solve the next mystery! (Which might be your own brick wall.)

Congratulations to Barbara. Without her gumption and persistence, this puzzle would have never been solved.


Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. — J.C. Watts


DNA Sig Meets May 13

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside.  The Meeting will be in the room across the hall from the FHC office.

Topic: mitochondrial DNA

Definition of mitochondrial DNA. : an extranuclear double-stranded DNA found exclusively in mitochondria that in most eukaryotes is a circular molecule and is maternally inherited —abbreviation mtDNA.

Whoo…

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is genetic material found in mitochondria. It is passed down from mothers to both sons and daughters, but sons cannot pass along their mothers’ mtDNA to their children. This is because mtDNA is transmitted through the female egg. … You inherited your mtDNA exclusively from your mother.

Great topic for Mother’s Day – 1


The Journal of Genetic Genealogy

The Journal of Genetic Genealogy (JoGG) is being resurrected. JoGG is a free open access peer reviewed journal which provides a platform for publication of articles on all aspects of genetic genealogy. This first issue (Volume 8 Number 1) of the newly relaunched “journal” is now available online at jog.info.

The chapters/articles are separate PDF files that can be viewed or downloaded. Some of the articles were published online as preprints toward the end of last year but this is now the complete issue.

Hopefully this online journal will continue — it is fully supported by volunteers.


Every teacher who used to use the tired old line “You won’t be walking around with a calculator in your pocket, so you better know how to do it by hand.” must feel like a complete idiot now. — Reddit