04 June 2018

DNA Father's Day Sales

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th and the sales have begun!

Many men (and women) have taken the autosomal DNA test at various companies, but only Family Tree DNA can offer men a DNA test for their Y-chromosome.  (Women do not have a Y-chromosome, so they should have a brother test, an uncle, nephew, etc. on their all-male line.)  See the all-red line (on the top) below.

                              Chart courtesy Richard Hill, DNA Testing Adviser

Testing the all-male line (your father's father's father, etc.; no females involved) can provide the surname for adoptees as well as confirm that the suspected surname is correct.  Remember DNA testing helps prove our lineage.

Even if you are certain of a male surname in your family, you never know if 200 years ago or so, someone decided to change the name for a large variety of reasons.  None of which would reflect on the tester.  Some people changed their surname or its spelling for descendants to be able to distinguish them as the ancestor; some were escaping a cruel situation, some were adopted, some never knew their biological father.  Understand that before surnames were ever used, area families took in those who lost their parent(s).

You can test and then join a family project with your surname.  The administrator can further help you understand the results.  Even before testing, you can go to the Family Tree DNA home page to see if there is already a surname project for your name.

Once tested, I encourage everyone to join their Haplogroup Project.  A tester's haplogroup is their twig on the world family tree.

For more information on understanding a Y-DNA test, see: Who's Your Daddy?

For the sale:

Family Tree DNA's autosomal test is called Family Finder and is on sale for $59.  This is a test comparable to AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage which provides matches anywhere in the pedigree chart back about 5-8 generations, depending.  However, testing in multiple companies provides you with different cousin matches as each company has a different database.


18 May 2018

Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree 2018 - Open for Live Streaming!!!

LIVE Streaming for Genetic Genealogy and Jamboree NOW OPEN!
For the first time ever, the Jamboree Committee is opening registration for live streaming for two conferences at the same time.  
Ø The 6th Annual Genetic Genealogy conference is offering six classes on Thursday, May 31.  

Ø The 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree is offering six classes on Friday, June 1 AND six classes on Saturday, June 2.

Genetic Genealogy Live Steam
·      Six presentations to choose from
·      Register for one for $20
·      Register for the series of six for $99
·      Watch live or anytime through 11:59 PM on July 31, 2018
·      Handouts available to registrants for download and printing 

                                      Register HERE

Genealogy Jamboree Live Stream

·      Twelve presentations
·      Register for the series and watch as many or as few as you want
·      $10 for SCGS members
·      $55 for non-members (Or join SCGS first, register for live streaming as a member and save $5!)
·      Watch live or anytime through 11:59 PM on July 31, 2018
·      Handouts available to registrants for download and printing.

                                      Register HERE

What happened to free live streaming at Jamboree?
The SCGS is very appreciative of Ancestry’s support of our conferences. Unfortunately, ever increasing costs have caught up to us and prevent us from offering this event at no charge. The Jamboree Committee has kept fees as low as possible. For members, the fee of $10 for 12 classes is just 83 cents per class.  For non-members, the fee of $55 for the 12 classes is just $4.58 per class. Compared to other conference live stream offerings, SCGS remains a bargain!

09 May 2018

Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree 2018 Extends Registration

The 49th Annual Jamboree has opened registration for an extra week!


Registration will remain open until Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm.  WHY?  Because they have anew system that is very successful along with some great SCGS members who have greatly helped get registration materials ready.

NOW, if you have never attended Jamboree, you are missing out on a wonderful conference which this year covers not only Genetic Genealogy and all aspects of Genealogy, but is including a Family History Writers section.  Is there any stone they have not over turned! 

If you have attended before, you know how great this conference is with the wonderful speakers and vast variety of vendors selling books, genealogy charts, genealogy software, Maureen Taylor (the Photo Detective), many genealogical societies, Flip-Pal scanner and other helpful tools as well as vendors with DNA tests on sale!  There is much more, including free classes listed under JAMBO FREE in the schedule.  Check out the webpage here.  

For DNA classes, there are many for beginners as well as for those more advanced.  These are taught by well-known genetic genealogists.  Be sure to attend the half-day workshops.  (Yes, I'm presenting and would love to meet you!)

Seriously, this is my favorite U.S. conference.  I do hope to see you there ... so do introduce yourself!


20 April 2018

National DNA Day Sales

National DNA Day, April 25th is a celebration of the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Double Helix in 1953.  It is a day that offers students, teachers and the public to learn about DNA, to celebrate the latest advances, and to learn how they impact our lives.

You can see some events happening at: https://www.genome.gov/10506367/national-dna-day/

As a result, every year we see the genetic genealogy companies place their tests on sale so all of us can have the opportunity to learn about DNA and how we are all related.

Family Tree DNA takes top priority as their autosomal sale (Family Finder) is the lowest and they have more types of tests on sale.

Family Tree DNA has tests on sale from now until 28 Apr at 11:59 pm, probably Central Time.
Family Finder is $49 (save $30)
Y-DNA tests are all on sale:
               Y-37 is $139 (was $169)
               Y-67 is $209 (was $269)
               Y-111 is $289 (was $359)
               Big Y is $649 (was $799)
mtDNA tests:
               mtDNA Full Sequence $149 (was $199)

Remember, for any sale no other discount codes can be used.

  • AncestryDNA has their atDNA on sale for $59
  • MyHeritage is $69
  • 23andMe 30% off each kit (ends Apr 25) (It appears you must order two kits; usually that’s what they do, at least and the form looks like it is set up for two)
  • LivingDNA  $79.99 (was $159)

Do test...you could be my cousin! 


16 April 2018

MyHeritage's DNA Quest - pro bono project helping adoptees - is now global!

MyHeritage gave away 10,000 DNA tests to adoptees and family members trying to find their biological relatives in the US, but they have some left in their 15,000 goal!

The deadline for submission is April 30th, so act now!

As a result, they are going global with the free test which means anyone can still get a free autosomal test if they act quickly.  See:  www.dnaquest.org for more information

More information about the DNA Quest initiative incluidng a detailed FAQ and an application form are available on the project website at:  https://www.dnaquest.org/


So many adoptees wish to find their roots and many who put a child up for adoption wish to find   their child.  Many siblings and cousins have embraced their new relative.

Let's help the world get connected!

Many DNA successes to all!

28 February 2018

Living DNA Added a New Feature!

Press Release from Living DNA

 Innovative family tree and matching system will take the guesswork out of DNA relationships
Living DNA, the global consumer genetics company, has today publicly previewed its new ‘Family Networks’ platform for the first time – set to be the most precise DNA-driven matching service on the market.

Officially unveiled in Salt Lake City in Utah at RootsTech 2018, the world’s largest family-history technology conference, Living DNA’s Family Networks requires no prior user-generated family research, allowing users to build a detailed family tree based solely on their DNA, gender, and age. Living DNA will analyse a user's unique motherline and fatherline DNA data (mtDNA and YDNA), on top of the family ancestry line (autosomal) to deliver matches – something no other company can do.

David Nicholson, managing director and co-founder at Living DNA, comments:
“With Family Networks, we will not only predict how users are related to direct matches, but we can also find and connect people to DNA matches going back up to 13 generations.

“The technology behind Family Networks automatically works out which genetic trees are possible to uncover relations. This new capability offers distinct benefits to a range of users, from avid genealogists and family history hobbyists through to adoptees and others searching for their family members. It will reduce the risk of human error and take away the tedious task of figuring out how each person in a user’s list are related to one another. We’re truly taking the guesswork out of DNA relationships.”

Living DNA’s Family Networks is scheduled to be made available to all existing and new Living DNA users by autumn 2018. The company states that the cutting-edge technology will give all customers – even those who upload from other DNA testing sites – a level of relationship prediction and accuracy that is beyond anything currently on the market.

David Nicholson adds:
“Living DNA’s precise and unique technology processes users’ DNA to identify relatives and define relationships deeper back in time. Through this rich experience, users will even be able to learn how they’re related to people with whom they share no DNA today.

“As we don’t ask for Gedcom files or other user research to build a family tree, Family Networks can be especially useful for adoptees and family searchers who are trying to locate long-lost family members but who don’t have any information on their biological family. Just by using their gender and date of birth in conjunction with their DNA, we will be able to translate their matches into a potential family tree, giving them a clearer place to start from.”

Living DNA breaks down users’ DNA into 80 worldwide regions, including 21 in the UK, more than any other testing company. The company offers a 3-in-1 test as standard: from a simple mouth swab, Living DNA not only covers a user’s family line ancestry, but—unlike most other tests—it also includes the user’s motherline and (if male) fatherline ancestry.

Living DNA’s test itself is run on a custom-built Living DNA Orion Chip. It is one of the first bespoke DNA chips in the world to be built using the latest GSA technology from market leader Illumina, and tests over 656,000 autosomal (family) markers, 4,700 mitrochondrial (maternal) markers and 22,000 Y-chromosomal (paternal) markers.

 About Living DNA
Living DNA is a personalised DNA service designed to help people understand more about themselves and where they came from in unparalleled detail. Developed by world-leading scientists and academics, the Living DNA ancestry test is the most sophisticated product of its kind on the market. It is the only test which can show people a breakdown of their UK, Chinese and Italian ancestry at a regional level, and the first to allow users to view their ‘ancestry family’ at different points in history. In so doing, people can see at what point in the past they were connected to their friends and family through their DNA, and discover how, ultimately, we are all connected. For more information, please visit http://www.livingdna.com/


26 February 2018

SCGS Jamboree 2018

In its 49th season, the Southern California Genealogy Society is having another wonderful conference for genealogy and genetic genealogy held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank.  Early Bird Deadline registration is April 14th and Advance Registration ends May 12th , so save your place now!  This is one of the best conferences you will attend, and there are classes for all experience levels and even for people who are not genealogists.  All days run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Exhibit Hall opens Thursday, and admission to it is free all three Days!  Find a wide variety of vendors, along with their sales.  (Sometimes I hang out at the Family Tree DNA booth, so drop by.)

This year has over 140 classes with over 85 speakers as well as one-on-one research help.  Three categories will help you in a variety of fields for your family history.  There are three conferences in one!

The 6th Annual Genetic Genealogy Conference, May 31, 2008 (and squeaks into June 1st) entitled Link Through DNA is, of course, my favorite. In these classes you can learn not only the basics of DNA testing, but more advanced techniques from some of the industry's leading speakers.  There are hands-on DNA Workshops as well.

The Family History Writers Conference, May 31 entitled Love Your Family Legends includes presentations on writing, publishing and preserving your genealogy along with reaching into the next generation to assure your work will continue.  The speakers will also cover the tools you need to finish your work.

The 49th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, June 1-2, will help you Unlock Your Lineage with some renown speakers in the field.  Learn the basics along with many tips and tricks, and explore how to break through those brick walls.

See the Jamboree website for the full schedule.  A mobile app is available.  There are discounts for SCGS Members and for multi-event registration.

HINT:  Notice anyone familiar on the advertisement above?  Yes, I am speaking and would love to have you attend my classes so I can meet you!

My topics:
Finding Answers through Your Autosomal DNA Test  (Thurs, May 31st, 8:30-9:30)
Comparing Testing Companies and Understanding DNA Tests (Workshop, Friday, June 1st 8:30 to 12:00)
I will be on the Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy panel (Friday, June 1, 5:00 to 6:00 pm)

I do hope to see you there!