Category Archives: DNA

23andMe can resume some health risk reports!

The FDA has today authorized 23andMe to again offer genetic health risk reports to consumers.  This is a big deal to the genetic testing world!  Not all test will be available, only certain ones.  One often requested report, the BRCA test, will not be available.  But things like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and eight others have been OK’d.

I have no idea how this will change general reports or prices, but the very fact that the FDA has approved 23andMe is great.

For more details, go to the 23andMe’s own blog. Blog.23andme.com

Barbara

The founder and leader of our DNA Sig has been quite sick of late, and just had open-heart surgery.  She would hate having lots of attention, but I figured her friends would like a status report.

She is recovering well, as of 3/25, and hopes to be checking out of the hospital soon.

For those who asked about her mailing address, please send all communications to:

Barbara Rae-Venter
P.O. Box 5566
Carmel, CA 93921

Please continue to send her those positive thoughts so she will be back with our group soon.

Monthly Meeting – March 2, 2017: “The Law of Unintended Consequences”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

Join Barbara Rae-Venter as she tells the full story about how her efforts helped one person discover her identify and, in the process, solve multiple murders too.

Topic: The Law of Unintended Consequences

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. (Attributed to Yogi Berra)

Summary: “A fork in my road that I took in March, 2015 was to volunteer my time to help a young woman, Lisa Jensen, find her birth family.” Lisa was abducted when less than a year old and did not know who she is or where she was from.

The fork Barbara took did lead to identification of Lisa’s mother and identifying her father as one of five brothers. A video on the technique used to accomplish this, DNA triangulation, is available for purchase as Lecture 9 at http://i4gg.org/conference-videos/.

The presentation will cover some of the highly unexpected, but serendipitous, consequences that have resulted from solving who Lisa is. They include enabling law enforcement to solve several cold case murders. Some details are still confidential at this time, but public disclosure in a press release was made in late January.

Who knew that choosing to help someone find out who she is would help solve a series of murders that have stumped detectives for decades?

Barbara is a volunteer at the Monterey Family History Center and founded and leads the DNA Sig for MoCoGenSo. She uses primarily online research tools and has made extensive use of genetic testing of herself and multiple family members to supplement her research into her own family. Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and a J .D. from the University of Texas at Austin Law School. Now retired from teaching and private legal practice, Barbara is helping those interested with their genetic genealogy efforts. To see her full biography Click Here. We are lucky to have her in our community.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


DNA Sig Meets tomorrow Feb 4th

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG will meet this Saturday February 4 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).

NOTE – This is not the standard schedule — we will revert to 2nd Saturday in March.

Schedule:

10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 10:30 Update on Sequel to the Lisa Project Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15 “Revealing Cousins in Ireland” by John Light

Summary: 19th century genealogy research and 21st century genomics converge. John will discuss recent autosomal and X-DNA matches that are beginning to fill in the story.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

Next DNA SIG meeting: Saturday March 11, 2017 at 10 am


“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.” – old Irish wish


DNA SIG Meets Saturday Jan 14

The MoCoGenSo DNA SIG will meet this Saturday January 14 at 10 am at the Family History Center in Seaside. We will meet in the library (across the hall from the computer room).

Schedule:

10:00 to 10:15 Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 11:15 True Identity of A Man with Multiple Names Determined after 88 Years Using DNA
or
Who My Maternal Grandfather Really Was

by Junel Davidsen

Summary: The focus of this presentation is on the importance of ‘building-out’ family trees with information from selected DNA matches and other genealogical sources. In this case, with no real surname to start with, DNA match information was used to build collateral lines in order to determine families where direct relationships might exist. The value of testing at 3 companies: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FTDNA is also emphasized.

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion


“The hardest thing in the world is waiting until the movie starts to eat your popcorn.”


DNA Sig Meets Saturday December 10

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting Saturday December 10 at the Family History Center in Seaside.  The Meeting will be across the hall from the FHC office.

Schedule for DNA SIG Meeting:

10:00 to 10:15   Discussion of future topics of interest/volunteers for future presentations

10:15 to 11:15  “Identifying David Volk’s Parents

                           by Barbara Rae-Venter
David Volk was abandoned as a newborn baby in the ladies room of a McDonalds in Newark, New Jersey on 22 December 1977.   Wth some interesting twists and turns, his parents have been identified using autosomal DNA testing.

11:15 to 11:30  Questions/Discussion

Next meetingSaturday January 14, 2017 at 10 am

Hope to see you there.

DNA SIG Meets Saturday Oct 8

This is a reminder for the MoCoGenSo DNA SIG meeting this Saturday October 8 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 “How to Use GWorks (tree comparison utility) on DNAgedcom.com
by Barbara Rae-Venter

10:30 to 11:15 “Bring a Question” Genetic Genealogy Question for DNA SIG members
(topic suggested by John Light)
Bring your burning question to the meeting or email Barbara with details

11:15 to 11:30 Questions/Discussion

November meeting: Saturday November 12 at 10 am

Barbara will be at the FTDNA conference in Houston so need a facilitator for this meeting. Any volunteers?


“Things just seem secret because people don’t remember.” – Isaac Asimov