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

How to Download Your DNA Matching Segment Data and Why You Should

There are two or three types of data that testers may be able to download from DNA testing sites. Genealogy customers need to periodically download as much as possible. Raw data files needed for transferring DNA files from the company … Continue reading

Triangulation Resources In One Place

I’ve written a number of articles about autosomal DNA triangulation. I’ve created this repository to provide gather various resources all in one place to make it easier for you to find what you need. Triangulation Concepts and Tools What is … Continue reading

DNA Tidbit #5: What’s Your Goal?

You probably see this all the time on social media: “I just got my DNA results. Now what?” No further information is given. The answer is, “What is your goal?” Why did they test and what are they hoping to … Continue reading

Holiday DNA Sales Have Started Early

Wow – the sales started early this year! I understand that Black Friday has morphed into the month of November. I’m good with that! I’m not really surprised because many people are spending more time at home and let’s face … Continue reading

When Did Michael Miller Really Die? The Answer May Lay in the Land – 52 Ancestors #312

It’s been widely reported, including by me, that Johann Michael Miller died in 1771. That’s where the evidence all pointed – until perhaps now. Do we have it wrong? There’s conflicting evidence that I can’t resolve, so I’m hoping that … Continue reading

Utilizing MyHeritage AutoClusters to Analyze your DNA Matches

AutoClusters are so much fun and can provide tons of information. I’m going to step through how to analyze your cluster matches easily and productively in conjunction with the MyHeritage tools, but first, a little light housekeeping. First, please note … 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

Plea to Ancestry – Rethink Match Purge Due to Deleterious Effect on African American Genealogists

I know this article is not going to be popular with some people and probably not with Ancestry, but this is something I absolutely must say. Those of us in the position of influencers with a public voice bear responsibility … Continue reading

Ancestry to Remove DNA Matches Soon – Preservation Strategies with Detailed Instructions

Yesterday, Ancestry announced that they are going to remove smaller matches from their customer’s DNA match list around the first of August. I was not on this conference call myself. However, it’s a small community and others have reported consistent … Continue reading