Category Archives: DNA

Elizabeth Warren’s Native American DNA Results: What They Mean

The link below goes to the website DNAeXplained, by Roberta Estes. The link takes you to a very complete review of the current state of Native American DNA testing and how it applies to Senator Elizabeth Warren. This is NOT a political piece.

The article is very well written and very complete. If you are at all interested in genetic testing and applying it to genealogy in the real world, you should give it a go.

DNAeXplained

As Roberta says “This is the first of a series of two articles.” You will have to read the 2nd article on your own, so save the link to her website for future use.


“The left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird.”


Searching for DNA links?

Are you searching for a link to a third cousin?  Your DNA matches but you are still faced with a tree that looks like this?  

Then you should come to our monthly DNA SIG (Special Interest Group) that meets on the 2nd Saturday at the Family History Center.  This month, we meet next Saturday Oct 13 at 10:00 am.  Perhaps there is a way to fill in those blanks!

 

MoCoGenSo DNA SIG Meeting Saturday June 9 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 10:40 “How do you identify an unknown person using autosomal DNA testing?” Barbara Rae-Venter

10:40 to 11:30 “Phasing at GEDmatch: Focus on Father’s autosomal DNA” Junel Davidsen

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

Barbara is a speaker at the following event:
Adoptee Camp Denver, Colorado June 21-June 24 “DNA testing for Adoptees: Tips and Considerations”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it..” – Yogi Berra


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