In Search of…Vendor Features, Strengths, and Testing Strategies

This is the third in our series of articles about searching for unknown close family members, specifically; parents, grandparents, or siblings. However, these same techniques can be applied to ancestors further back in time too. I introduced the series in … Continue reading

DNA-eXplained Celebrates Tenth Anniversary!

This blog, DNA-eXplained, is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. How time flies! I never thought for a minute about a 10th anniversary when I launched that first article. I started blogging to teach people and literally “explain” about genetic genealogy … Continue reading

Sarah Rash’s and Perhaps Mary Warren’s Mitochondrial DNA – 52 Ancestors #359

Using the FamilySearch “Relatives at RootsTech” app that was available in the month or so surrounding RootsTech (but not now), I connected with a cousin who is a direct matrilineal descendant of Sarah Rash, our common ancestor. My cousin, who … Continue reading

Top Ten RootsTech 2022 DNA Sessions + All DNA Session Links

The official dates of RootsTech 2022 were March 3-5, but the sessions and content in the vendor booths are still available. I’ve compiled a list of the sessions focused on DNA, with web links on the RootsTech YouTube channel YouTube … Continue reading

How to Find RootsTech 2022 Sessions + Other Info You Need to Know

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 3rd is the beginning of RootsTech 2022 which is completely free and entirely virtual this year. You’ll find a bouquet of speakers from around the world providing sessions in many languages. An auto-translate feature is available through … Continue reading

Identify Your Ancestors – Follow Nested Ancestral Segments

I don’t think that we actively think about our DNA segments as nested ancestors, like Russian Matryoshka dolls, but they are. That’s exactly why segment information is critical for genealogists. Every segment, and every portion of a segment, has an … Continue reading

2021 Favorite Articles

It’s that time of the year again when we welcome the next year. 2021 was markedly different than anything that came before. (Is that ever an understatement!) Maybe you had more time for genealogy and spent time researching! So, what … Continue reading

AutoSegment Triangulation Cluster Tool at GEDmatch

Today, I’m reviewing the exciting new AutoSegment Triangulation Cluster Tool at GEDmatch. I love it because this automated tool can be as easy or complex as you want. It’s easy because you just select your options, run it, and presto, … Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between Pedigree Collapse and Endogamy?

There has been recent discussion and confusion about the difference between pedigree collapse and endogamy. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences and what it means to genealogists. Pedigree Collapse Pedigree collapse occurs when the same person/people appear … Continue reading

Using Mitochondrial Haplogroups at 23andMe to Pick the Lock

I’ve been writing recently about using haplogroups for genealogy, and specifically, your mitochondrial DNA haplogroup. You can check out recent articles here and here. While FamilyTreeDNA tests the entire mitochondria and provides you with the most detailed and granular haplogroup, … Continue reading