WordPress, the blogging software I use, provides a year-end summary that is quite interesting.
I really like this report, as I tend to be very focused on what I’m researching and writing, not on stats – so this is a refreshing break and summary. I thought you might be interested too.
The top 10 most viewed posts in 2015 were, in order from least to most:
10th – Promethease – Genetic Health Information Alternative – From December 2013
People are beginning to ask about how they can obtain some of the health information that they were previously receiving from 23andMe. For $5, at Promethease, you can upload any of the autosomal files from either Family Tree DNA, 23andMe or Ancestry.com. They will process your raw data and provide you with a report that is available to download from their server for 45 days. They also e-mail you a copy.
9th – X Marks the Spot – From September 2012
When using autosomal DNA, the X chromosome is a powerful tool with special inheritance properties. Many people think that mitochondrial DNA is the same as the X chromosome. It’s not.
8th – Thick Hair, Small Boobs, Shovel Shaped Teeth and More – From February 2013
Yep, there’s a gene for these traits, and more. The same gene, named EDAR (short for Ectodysplasin receptor EDARV370A), it turns out, also confers more sweat glands and distinctive teeth and is found in the majority of East Asian people.
7th – Mythbusting – Women, Fathers and DNA – From June 2013
I’m sometimes amazed at what people believe – and not just a few people – but a lot of people.
Recently, I ran across a situation where someone was just adamant that autosomal DNA could not help a female find or identify her father. That’s simply wrong. Incorrect. Nada! This isn’t, I repeat, IS NOT, true of autosomal testing.
6th – 4 Kinds of DNA for Genetic Genealogy – from October 2012 – This is probably the article I refer people to most often. It’s the basics, just the basics.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the different “kinds” of DNA and how they can be used for genetic genealogy.
It used to be simple. When this “industry” first started, in the year 2000, you could test two kinds of DNA and it was straightforward. Now we’ve added more DNA, more tools and more testing companies and it’s not quite so straightforward anymore.
5th – Is History Repeating Itself at Ancestry? – from August 2012
Is history repeating itself at Ancestry?
I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should publish this posting. As I write and rewrite it, I still haven’t made up my mind. It’s one of those sticky wickets, as they are called. One of the reasons I hesitate is that I have far more questions than answers.
4th – What is a Haplogroup? – From January 2013
Sometimes we’ve been doing genetic genealogy for so long we forget what it’s like to be new. I’m reminded, sometimes humorously, by some of the questions I receive.
3rd – Autosomal DNA 2015 – Which Test is the Best? – From February 2015
This now obsolete article compared the autosomal tests from Family Tree DNA, Ancestry and 23andMe. 23andMe, as of year end (2015), is in the midst of rewriting their platform, which obsoletes some of the tools they offered previously. As soon as the 23andMe transition to their new platform is complete, I’ll be writing an updated version of this article for 2016. Until then, suffice it to say I am recommending Family Tree DNA and Ancestry, in that order.
2nd – Ethnicity Results – True or Not? – from October 2013
I can’t even begin to tell you how many questions I receive that go something like this:
“I received my ethnicity results from XYZ. I’m confused. The results don’t seem to align with my research and I don’t know what to make of them?”
1st – Proving Native American Ancestry Using DNA – From December 2012 – this has been the most popular article every year since 2012. This doesn’t surprise me, as it’s also the most common question I receive.
Every day, I receive e-mails very similar to this one.
“My family has always said that we were part Native American. I want to prove this so that I can receive help with money for college.”
I was surprised, at first, to see so many older posts, but then I realized they have had more time to accumulate hits.
Of these all-time Top 10, three of them, including the most popular, which is most popular by far, have to do with Native American ancestry, directly or indirectly. The most common questions I receive about ethnicity also relate to the discovery of Native American ancestry.
Thank you everyone for coming along with me on this on this wonderful journey. It will be exciting to see what 2016 has to offer. I already have some exciting research planned that I’ll be sharing with you.
Happy New Year everyone! I’m wishing you new ancestors!