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

A Strategy for Using MyHeritage’s Brand New DNA Match Labels

MyHeritage just introduced Labels, a new, free, organizational tool for DNA matches. Labels provide customers with the ability to organize their matches in various ways. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Labels for a few days now, and I’ve … Continue reading

Sitting Bull’s Hair Confirms Relationship With Great-Grandson

Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake, known as the legendary Lakota warrior and leader, Sitting Bull, was born about 1831 and was killed in 1890. You’ll probably remember him for his victory over Custer and his troops in 1876 at the Battle of Little … 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

DNA Beginnings: Matching at Ancestry and What It Means

This is the fourth in the series of “DNA Beginnings” articles. Previous articles you might enjoy include: Announcing DNA Beginnings – A New Series DNA Beginnings: What is a Match? DNA Beginnings: How Many Matches Do I Have? Why Is … 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

Nine Years and Future Plans – Happy Blogiversary

Happy Blogiversary! Yes, blogiversary is actually a real word for a blog’s birthday. It’s DNAeXplained’s 9th birthday and I nearly forgot. How could I??? What do you get a blog for its birthday anyway? History and Changes I remember the … Continue reading

What is a Heteroplasmy and Why Do I Care?

Most people have never heard of a heteroplasmy – but you might have one. You Might Have a Heteroplasmy If… …You have no exact matches at the full sequence mitochondrial DNA level. A heteroplasmy is one of the first things … Continue reading