DNAPainter – Mining Vendor Matches to Paint Your Chromosomes

This isn’t quite the same as when my mother used to talk about painting the town, but in genetic genealogy terms, it’s better. This is the second of 4 articles that will describe how to use DNA Painter. Today, I’d … Continue reading

FamilyTreeDNA’s myOrigins Version 3 Rollout

As the fall leaves change colors and people are turning more to inside activities, FamilyTree DNA began rolling out MyOrigins version 3 today. That’s the good news. The bad news is that everyone is trying to sign on at the … Continue reading

Search Techniques for Y and Mitochondrial DNA Test Candidates

I utilize DNA matches in various ways, some of which are a little unusual. In many cases, I mine autosomal DNA matches to search for people whose Y and mitochondrial DNA can provide descendants, including me and them, with additional … Continue reading

Identifying Unknown African American Lineages Using DNA

My article asking Ancestry to reconsider purging 6-8 cM matches due to the effects on African American genealogy raised questions about how one could identify a lineage for an African American (or anyone really) who has no knowledge of their … Continue reading

DNA Testing Sales Decline: Reason and Reasons

If you’re involved in genetic genealogy, you’ve probably noticed the recent announcements by both 23andMe and Ancestry relative to workforce layoffs as a result of declining sales. In January, 23andMe announced that it was laying off 100 people which equated … Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA

Recently, I wrote a multi-part series about mitochondrial DNA – start to finish – everything you need to know. I’ve assembled several articles in one place, and I’ll add any new articles here as well. Please feel free to share … Continue reading

Triangulation in Action at Family Tree DNA

Recently, I published the article, Hitting a Genealogy Home Run Using Your Double-Sided Two-Faced Chromosomes While Avoiding Imposters. The “Home Run” article explains why you want to use a chromosome browser, what you’re seeing and what it means to you. … Continue reading

Lineage Societies: Requirements and DNA

I’ve been hesitant to rock this boat, hoping this ship would right itself, but I’ve decided that this vessel needs to be swayed a bit with the hope of providing encouragement and perhaps positive motivation for change. Based on my … Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA Resources – Everything You Need to Know

Recently, I wrote a multi-part series about mitochondrial DNA – start to finish – everything you need to know. I’ve assembled several articles in one place, and I’ll add any new articles here as well. Please feel free to share … Continue reading

First Steps When Your DNA Results are Ready – Sticking Your Toe in the Genealogy Water

Recently someone asked me what the first steps would be for a person who wasn’t terribly familiar with genealogy and had just received their DNA test results. I wrote an article called DNA Results – First Glances at Ethnicity and … Continue reading