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Human Ancestry And Migration

The Genographic Project, launched in April 2005, is a five-year genetic anthropology study that aims to map historical human migration patterns by collecting and analyzing DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. Field researchers at 10 regional centers around the world collect DNA samples from indigenous populations. The company also sells self-testing kits: for US$100 anyone in the world can order a self-testing kit from which a mouth scraping (buccal swab) is obtained, analyzed and the DNA information placed on an Internet accessible database. The genetic [more...]

Date: 2010-08-04 01:49:04

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Kazakhs Striving to Prove Genghis Khan Descent -- Signs of the ...

Arman Ahmuhanov, a 39-year-old horse trader from Almaty, recently sent a sample to FamilytreeDNA, a company in Houston, after being encouraged to do so by Chingizids' author Gizat Tabuldin. "He said 'If you want to be respected, and you want to know that you are really chingizid , then you have to have real proof,'" said Mr Amerkulov. Genghis Khan's conquest of a vast swathe of Eurasia has made his name synonymous with destruction and brutality in Europe and the Middle East, but in Kazakhstan and Mongolia he is a hero. Since Kazakhstan's independence in 1991, the [more...]

Date: 2010-10-04 17:39:11


Staats Surname DNA Project

The Staats genetic genealogy project began in August 2008 with the purpose of discovering as many Staats lineages as possible and learning if and how they are related. Some of the objectives of the project are: Determine if there is any relation between Jan Pieterszen Van Husum (a.k.a. Jan Pieterszen Van Huysen) of Husum, Denmark (now Germany) and Abraham Staats (a.k.a. Abram Staes) of Amsterdam, Holland - who both immigrated to New Netherland(New York) in the 17th century. Visit the objective page and see the results! Help participants fill in the gaps in their genealogical research by [more...]

Date: 2010-07-25 21:07:41


Adelaide Residents Explore Their Ancient Ancestry With The ...

TheGenographic scientific team are collaborating with indigenous and traditional groups from around the world to analyse and interpret DNA samples. The public participation test is used to test 12 genetic ‘markers’ which reveals the deep ancestral history of the paternal or maternal lineage –dating back over as many as 2,000 generations. The genetic results are kept anonymous, although participants can see their own personal results online. Volunteers from the University of Adelaide, IBM and the Royal Institution of Australia will explain the Project and guide participants through the [more...]

Date: 2010-10-07 02:18:11


Clan Colquhoun Blog: Calhoun Project: Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA had a booth at the event conveened by Cynthia Ann Wells. Even though all the information you need is at their website, it was great to acutally talk to a representative face to face. I had originally signed up for the Calhoun Project, but after I found out a little more I realized ideally every match you make should be someone who bears your last name (yourself, your father, his father, etc.). I've switched my "membership" to the Hodges Project. You are notified for any match you have no matter what name it's matched with. What's interesting is I, and several other people [more...]

Date: 2009-04-21 10:33:00


Urban Planner: October 12, 2010 - Torontoist

THEATRE: Anyone who's ever pored over a genealogy website or tried to construct a family tree will likely be fascinated by Imprints, the first installation of Theatre Gargantua's Ancestry Project. The multimedia performance focuses on Lily, a woman who unlocks the genetic memory of her ancestors hidden in her DNA. Live music, projections, dance, and video will all factor into the highly physical exploration of Lily's ancestry, and how such factors shape her sense of identity. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 12:00:00


Evolution News & Views: Does Darrel Falk's Junk DNA Argument for ...

Dr. Falk appears to be too hasty in his assumption that pseudogenes have "no function" and thereby show evidence for common ancestry. The bottom line is that the "junk" or "gibberish" DNA paradigm is being consistently overturned as time goes on, and we now know that the vast majority of our DNA has function. As one news article said when reporting on the results of the ENCODE project in 2007: The findings, from a project involving hundreds of scientists in 11 countries and detailed in 29 papers being published today, confirm growing suspicions that the stretches of 'junk DNA' flanking [more...]

Date: 2010-03-23 19:00:45


Colorado: Hispano DNA study results released

Tracing the Tribe is a blog about Jewish genealogy - All the developments, tools and resources you'll need to peer more closely into your family tree. Created in 2006 at JTA's request, it is now independent. Tracing the Tribe readers may remember several posts concerning a cluster of "Ashkenazi" breast cancer among Hispanic women in Colorado's San Luis Valley a few years ago. Later genealogical research showed the women were descendants of conversos (Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition) who had settled in the area centuries ago. A paper in the San Luis area just [more...]

Date: 2010-08-25 14:00:00


Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: New DNA Project ...

Since many Puerto Ricans do not know that they may have Jewish lineage, she opened the project to include anyone who knows or suspects they have Mallorcan ancestry. "I can use the non-Puerto Rican DNA results as a sort of comparison. Maybe…," she adds. Seham hopes to turn this research into a Master’s thesis, but the topic is raising much skepticism among Jews and Puerto Ricans. Therefore, she has to prove that Mallorcan Jews existed in Puerto Rico, and then find their descendants. Initially, she wanted to trace the early Jewish presence in Puerto Rico, but quickly realized the enormity [more...]

Date: 2010-07-26 23:55:00


Technology Review: A Genetic Christmas Story

Some people may have received an unusual gift this holiday season: an ancestry testing kit that uses a small swab of DNA to shed light on near and ancient family history. It sounds, at first, like a novelty item. But the kit may provide long-term assistance to scientists who are hoping to track the history of the human race. In one project, spearheaded by National Geographic Society and IBM, participants buy a kit for $99.95, scrape some skin cells from the inside of their cheek, and send the samples in for analysis. Once the DNA is processed, participants learn their haplogroup -- the [more...]

Date: 2005-12-27 00:00:00


The Genetic Genealogist | Family Tree DNA Reaches 500000 DNA ...

HOUSTON, February 9, 2009 (For Immediate Release) – Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com), the world leader in genetic genealogy, announced today that it received its 500,000th DNA test order for genealogy and anthropology purposes. This number of historic significance includes Family Tree DNA’s own customers as well as the public participation samples in National Geographic and IBM‘s Genographic Project (www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic), which are also processed by Family Tree DNA. Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the [more...]

Date: 2009-02-13 00:51:59


Me, a Native American?

It means that he has a specific set of DNA markers. Those markers show that his maternal ancestors were part of that crazy group of people that left Africa approximately 50 000 years ago, and arrived in South America some 30 000 years later. It also means that my maternal ancestors on my fathers side were Native Americans. And this, I can't deny, I find very fascinating and quite cool. If you're wondering how I found out about my ancestry you might not have heard of National Geographic's Genographic Project. The best way to understand what it is, is to see this Youtube video. The short short [more...]

Date: 2010-07-26 18:56:00


Human DNA : Surprisingly Diverse

Human DNA : Surprisingly Diverse Agençe France-Presse 23 November 2006 Source: www.abc.net.au New investigations into the code for life suggest the assumption that humans are genetically almost identical is wide off the mark, and the implications could be resounding. Current thinking, inspired by the results five years ago from the Human Genome Project, is that the 6 billion humans alive today are 99.9% similar when it comes to genetic content and identity. But research published today in the journal Nature suggests we are genetically more diverse. The repercussions could be far-reaching [more...]

Date: 2010-10-08 11:11:33


Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick on DNA and Forensic Genealogy

Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. at the Duke Homestead Visitor’s Center for a talk by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick. Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is the author of two of the best-selling books in genealogy. She has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program (July 2005), and has written cover articles for Internet Genealogy (June 2006), Family Tree Magazine (April 2006) and Family Chronicle (October 2005). Colleen writes a regular column for Ancestry magazine. Her book Forensic Genealogy has been widely recognized for its innovative forensic science approach to genealogical [more...]

Date: 2010-10-06 13:53:38


THE GENOGRAPHIC PROJECT

The Y-DNA is passed on from father to son. The mtDNA is passed on from mother to daughter. The mtDNA is also passed on from mother to son but the son does not pass it on. The Y-DNA and the mtDNA are used to track human [more...]

Date: 2010-10-10 19:53:52


Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Good Morning America featuring a ...

Lorine McGinnis Schulze I'm an incurable genealogist as well as avid collector of antiques. I have a collection of over 3,000 cdvs (Cartes de Visite) from the Civil War era and am running out of room for all my antique photo albums View my complete profile 12 Months of Finding Ancestors (3) 1837 Rebellion (1) 1861 Canada Census (4) 1881 Census (4) 1891 Canada Census (1) 1911 United Kingdom Census (2) 1930 American Census (2) 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs (1) A Huron Carol. Christmas Carols (1) A Y Jackson (1) Abandoned in Australia (4) Abstract Indexes to Deeds (1) African American [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 02:27:00


Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: DNA: Bennett ...

Discover Jewish history through the lens of DNA testing, with expert Bennett Greenspan, at the Dallas (Texas) Jewish Historical Society, at 7pm, Wednesday, May 26. The program is part of the Society's Harold A. Pollman Lecture Series, at its annual meeting and elections at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. A familiar favorite at Jewish and general genealogy conferences, his talks always fill to capacity. His presentation will demonstrate the overlap between Jewish DNA found in Ashkenazi/Mizrachi and Sephardic populations and will [more...]

Date: 2010-05-25 05:45:00


FTDNA Family Finder - ForumBiodiversity.com » Anthropology ...

I like what is described in the bold face, it would be quite convenient to be able to have direct contact with project members, but for myself it won't be of much use considering only a fraction of my cousins are FTDNA users and I already have my genealogy composed. It would be quite useful for others though who are interested in contacting those long lost cousins and such. One thing I do like is this could lead to more security when sharing GEDCOM's and such, with things like Ancestry.com your files, if made public, can be downloaded and viewed by anyone, this Family Finder thing could help [more...]

Date: 2010-02-16 22:00:09


Iranian Y-DNA Project | Iranian.com

As well as tracing deep ancestry, the Iranian Y-Chromosome DNA Project serves a purpose for genetic genealogy. Most Iranian surnames have existed for only a couple of generations, meaning recent connections were severed once families moved to larger towns or cities and adopted different surnames from their immediate kin. I have already interacted a handful of times with the regular users on Iranian.Com and noted the enthusiasm of a few concerning genetic genealogy. My intentions are to inform the Iranian community of this opportunity, guide prospective participants through the process and [more...]

Date: 2010-08-30 00:16:14


Chimp vs Human DNA- The “Ninety-Eight Percent” Myth

As we enter the month of August, it’s time once again for students to head back to school.  That being the case, there’s a good chance that in science classes all across the country, as teachers cover the topic of evolution, sooner or later they will make mention of the “98 percent similarity” between human DNA and chimpanzee DNA, thus implying common ancestry.  Over the past several years, this idea of 98 percent similarity has been repeated so many times that it is now widely accepted by most people as a “scientific fact.”  But is that really the case? To begin with, it’s [more...]

Date: 2010-08-09 15:00:39


Setting Up a DNA Surname Project

As mentioned above, some DNA testing labs will also offer assistance with organizing and managing your DNA surname project. It should go without saying, but it truly is also critical to honor any privacy restrictions made by your participants. In conclusion, it truly is vitally crucial to keep in mind that DNA testing for the purposes of proving ancestry isn’t a substitute for traditional family history analysis. Instead, it can be a tool to become utilized in conjunction with family members history study to aid in proving or disproving suspected relationships. It is certainly an exciting [more...]

Date: 2010-02-25 04:20:47


Out of Africa? Americans search for ancestry - CNN

At African Ancestry, scientists take a DNA sample with swabs from a client's cheek, sequence it, and then compare those results with those in their database, Paige explained.They can trace over 21,000 indigenous African tribal lineages representing around 30 African countries and 135 ethnic groups.The costs for DNA analysis varies widely -- from around $150 to thousands of dollars -- depending on the type of search and how deep someone digs.Because of the variables involved to conduct an ancestral search, researchers say some homework is required.Scientists warn that although a DNA search can [more...]

Date: 2004-05-28 01:09:00


Dallas Doings

Bennett Greenspan: discovering Jewish history through the lens of DNA testing The Dallas Jewish Historical Society will present another offering of its “Harold A. Pollman Lecture Series,” with acclaimed speaker and DNA expert, Bennett Greenspan.  The program will accompany the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and board installation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 in the Zale Auditorium of the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Bennett Greenspan will discuss researching Jewish history through the lens of DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-05-20 08:07:18


Father's Rights — DNA Paternity Testing.m4v

Dallas fathers rights attorney Mark Nacol provides information to fathers on DNA Paternity testing. African Ancestry launches the Ancestry Education Project at Walker Jones Education Center in celebration of Black History Month. 7th grade students talk about their perceptions of Africa and how DNA can be used to reveal their ancestry. In January, the students took the ancestry test and the results will be revealed on February 25th. To find out more, visit www.africanancestry.com.Source: DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-06-27 19:25:00



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