Category Archives: DNA

What to do if your family tree has 13 million persons

The research article in Science Magazine that used family trees from 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:

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

Transferring DNA from one company to another

If you have taken an autosomal DNA test at one company, sometimes you can transfer the data to another company and get a discount on the new reports.  Sometimes the volunteers at the FHC get asked “what can be transferred where?”  Personally, I can never remember.

I found this chart online at the blog of Roberta Estes at DNAeXplained that shows what can go where and thought you might find this useful.

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.

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):

Don’t have to be a member.

Also DNA sessions on Thursday – ‘pay per view’ see website

– 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.