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!

13 February 2018

Grab your Sweetheart's Heart (and DNA) for Valentine's Day

Multiple companies have their DNA tests on sale for Valentine's Day...

Family Tree DNA
Family Finder Test - only $59 plus shipping

MyHeritage Test - $59 when ordering 2 kits plus shipping and...
All MyHeritage marriage records will be free for Valentine's Day!
From now through February 15, all MyHeritage marriage records will be free to view, for MyHeritage users and for guests without an account. 

AncestryDNA Test - $69 plus shipping

23andMe offers 20% off and free gift wrapping (plus shipping)


29 January 2018

MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

Let me start with a few things I like about MyHeritage; there is more, however.
1.  It is world-wide
2. They allow transfers of your raw data
3. You can manage more than one kit with the same membership
4. They allow you to have pedigree charts
5. They notify you via your email if there are new updates to your DNA matches and to help you with your pedigree chart records
6. The horizontal pedigree charts on the Review DNA Match page for each of your matches are much easier to read than the pink and blue vertical charts they still have.
7.  The new addition of a Chromosome Browser is their best feature!

It is wonderful to see that MyHeritage now has a chromosome browser…the most important tool for comparing matching segments!

To find the browser (sadly, it is not on the drop-down menus), follow these steps.

1.  Log in to your account and click on DNA Matches
2. Click on the match’s REVIEW DNA MATCH in the lower right of their section
3. Scroll to the top of the Chromosome Browser which is the last item on this long page
4. At the top right of the browser, click on Advanced Options, then click on Download Shared DNA Info
5. The file is downloaded and shows in the lover left side of the screen (for a PC, at least)
6. Click to open this CVS file

VERY sadly, you must download one match at a time.  I have over 4,690 matches and spent many hours today just downloading the first 20 pages.

Once you download one file, you can copy and paste the other matches’ files into the first one as long as you do not make any changes to any of the files.  That is no columns or row sizes can be changed.

Be sure to add the new information at the end of the previous information.

Once you have downloaded all your matches, save the file as is and make a new working file that you can manipulate.  This working file can be adjusted to see the information easily as well as adding columns you wish to use.

I hope you have more time than I have to download all your matches’ segments, and I dearly hope you will contact MyHeritage to request that they allow the download of all segment matches into one file in one download. Family Tree DNA and 23andMe allows this.  Remember, it took me several hours to do 20 pages (10 matches per page) and I have over 400 pages of matches. I’m sure many other testers have more.

The phone in the US for MyHeritage:  1-800-987-9000.  You must have your account ID, however.  You can find this by going to their Home page and use the drop-down menu under HELP.  Then click on CONTACT.  Your account ID is just above the list of phone numbers for anywhere in the world.

THANK YOU for the Chromosome Browser!!!!

Best wishes,

23 January 2018

Southern California Geneal. Society's Jamboree

This announcement just arrived. View the website for many great classes and world-class speakers!

The Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce 
Three Great Conferences in One Place!

Jamboree 2018 Conference

 Unlock Your Lineage
June 1st & 2nd

This two-day Jamboree conference features over 55 speakers; 100+ class sessions; JamboFREE sessions Thursday; in-depth DNA workshop (space limited, additional fee required), research tour; Thursday dinner banquet; Friday breakfast and dinner banquets, and Saturday breakfast banquet.  

Our exhibit hall will be packed with vendors,  and one-on-one research assistance will be provided by members of the Southern California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Genetic Genealogy Conference 

 Link Through DNA
May 31st

The Sixth Annual Genetic Genealogy Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear the top leaders in the field of genetic genealogy, with topics suitable for all levels of experience using DNA for genealogical research.

The Genetic Genealogy Conference is separate from Jamboree, and a separate registration fee will apply.

Family History Writers Conference

 Love Your Family Legends!
May 31st

The Family History Writers Conference will help you bring your family stories to life. You can finish, polish and publish your work.  This provides a unique opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in the field of writing and publishing, for all levels of writing, to help you get it done.

The Family History Writers Conference is separate from Jamboree, and separate registration fees will apply.

Workshops 2018 - June 1st
Four intensive DNA workshops will also be offered to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of genealogical research techniques (additional fees required, workshops overlap with some Jamboree sessions. Visit the website for registration requirements).

Conference Discounts!

Special pricing discounts are available for those who are registered for both Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy Conference, or Jamboree and the Family History Writers Conference as well as discounts for SCGS members for each event. To get the discounted rates, please join, renew, or reinstate your membership before you register.

Membership Registration

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Workshops are expected to fill up early, so register NOW!
Jamboree Registration

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Southern California Genealogical Society
49th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genetic Genealogy 2018

I'll see you there!  Sign up for my classes!

Emily Aulicino