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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

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Elder Family Tree DNA Blog

The Elder family has launched a DNA blog to help the many Elder families in the Diaspora keep up with their DNA project. The Elder DNA Project is headed up by Nancy Elder-Petersen. Elder families are found across Ulster; in many cases the surname was taken by a man that was an actual 'elder' of a church congregation. It is possible to find the earlier surname of an 'elder' family when DNA matches locate the name. Visit the Elder Family Tree DNA Blog at the link [more...]

Date: 2010-06-12 16:36:00


FTDNA test sale: June 5th through June 25th

If you are not already in a surname project, you can search for a project using the search box on their web page at http://www.ftdna.com/ Dear Family Tree DNA Group Administrator Last summer we offered a pricing special that was the most successful offering of its type in our company history. Project administrators got behind the recruitment efforts and for those that did, their projects grew and our database grew, so we'd like to offer a summer special again. Here are the details: Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149) Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239) Y-DNA37+mtDNA [more...]

Date: 2010-06-06 13:57:00


Anglo-Celtic Connections: How many Y-DNA markers to test

According to the FTDNA web site, if you match exactly on 12 markers with someone with the same or variant surname then there is a 99% chance you have a common ancestor within the period in which surnames have been used. Finding that match might motivate you to upgrade. That is just what happened with a man in Australia with the same surname as me. He tested through the Geneographic Project, transferred his information to the FTDNA database. When we found a 12 marker match he decided to upgrade to a 37 marker text. For anyone with an interest in DNA, whether for anthropology or general [more...]

Date: 2006-11-27 12:16:00


FamilyTreeDNA's sizzling sale starts today!

Go to FamilyTreeDNA.com, check out which projects exist for your name, geographic area or topical interest, and contact the group administrator for that group to receive an invitation. Many projects exist, such as New Mexico, Sicily, genealogical societies and more. Enter your name in the search box at FTDNA and see which groups might be a good fit. On a very personal note: If your Eastern European Ashkenazi family has a family story of Sephardic origin, a Sephardic surname, Mediterranean medical condition or other indicator, please click here for an invitation to the IberianAshkenaz DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-06-05 18:04:00


12th: Twigs added to YULE line

Log of changes to the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project, eg kits ordered, matches found, pedigree and result updates [more...]

Date: 2010-09-11 21:34:00


6th: Result updates

Log of changes to the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project, eg kits ordered, matches found, pedigree and result updates [more...]

Date: 2010-08-06 10:58:00


4th: Minor update to summary results

Log of changes to the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project, eg kits ordered, matches found, pedigree and result updates [more...]

Date: 2010-07-04 04:21:00


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


Virginia Family Tree Genealogy: Family Tree DNA Results Arrive ...

According to the web page, that message has been displayed on the site since Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 4:00:57 PM. Why is Family Tree DNA partnered with a site that has been down for apparently seven months? I have also recently had several people complain that they have waited a long time for DNA test results from FTDNA. There must be something going on with them to be so disorganized. To top it off, after all of this waiting, they cannot tell us which Haplogroup Charlie belongs to and there are only eight matches in their database of 139,861 Y-DNA records at the 12-marker level (but all [more...]

Date: 2008-11-18 21:25:00


Book Review: Trace Your Roots With DNA

Trace Your Roots With DNA by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a nice book for an overview of the field of genetic genealogy testing. It goes into detail describing the process of DNA testing and discusses what you can expect to learn from Y-DNA and mtDNA testing. Beyond that, Megan has a nice section on starting a group project and has information about where you can locate others in your same haplogroup or surname. Lots of good information here. My Opinion: Here's another good overview book that is successful at reducing the sci-cho babble to genealogy-speak. It's a book genealogists will be [more...]

Date: 2008-03-20 19:36:00


The Legend of a Mountain Girl and her Baby: Nancy Hanks Lincoln ...

The Melungeon DNA Surname Project The Melungeon DNA Surname Project by Dr. Elizabeth Hirschman and Dr. Donald Panther Yates state that Abraham Lincoln was of Jewish ancestry. Dr. Hirschman writes “The DNA sample we have came from a Berry male from Tennessee whose ancestors had arrived in Virginia. The marriage of Abraham Lincoln’s parents was performed in the home of a Berry (and not a church) suggesting that not only the Lincolns, but also the Berry’s were of Jewish descent. We believe that many of the very earliest settlers who came to North America from England were actually [more...]

Date: 2010-04-17 17:37:50


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


Your Genetic Genealogist: Finding my Proctors' Y...with Ancestry ...

I recently took over the management of the Proctor DNA Surname Project at FTDNA. This project utilizes the Y-DNA of Proctor males to attempt to sort out the many Proctor/Procter lineages. Unfortunately, I have had no access to "my" Proctor Y-Chromosome since my mother only had one sister and only one of my grandfather's brothers had male children. This is the part of my family that I have never met. A few months ago, I decided to try to track down my mother's (2) Proctor male cousins. In my attempt, I used my usually successful combination of tools to find living relatives (Ancestry.com, [more...]

Date: 2010-08-09 04:06:00


DNA Results for Wilson Ulysses Godwin

Researching the GODWIN family from Randolph and Sampson Counties of North Carolina. Allied lines for the GODWIN family from North Carolina include BULLARD, LATHAM, LEWIS, HARRELL, STEED, and RASCO. More recent lines from Arkansas and Oklahoma include PULLEY, LASITER, BENSON, DENNIS, and BULLINGTON. In an earlier post, Godwin DNA - Two New Participants, I mentioned that a descendant of Wilson Ulysses Godwin was interested in participating in the Goodwin/Godwin DNA surname project. He submitted his 33-marker test and his results were uploaded to the Ancestry.com DNA database on March 6, 2009. [more...]

Date: 2010-09-07 16:37:00


New DNA Comparison Chart

We’re still waiting for additional testing results, but in the meantime I’ve created a chart to show a simplified version of the matches. The colored squares show the markers that don’t match. The computer looks at all the samples, and for each marker it figures out what the most common value is. If most of the samples have a 12 in the first spot (which all the Bacharachs do), then that is the most common value or “Modal” value. The “Mode” is listed across the top. Any place where an individual differs from the mode will show up as a color. This is the easiest way to see where [more...]

Date: 2010-05-25 03:15:41


Puzzlement and Unexpected Results

While we’re still waiting for a couple of groups markers to come back from a 67-marker test (we have 50/67 completed now), we have some surprising results. We had expected the two participants from Fellheim to be a closer match to each other than to the participants from other towns. That’s not how it appears, at least from what we have now. This last participant from Fellheim has a whopping six differences from the other participant from Fellheim. He has a total of seven differences from the mode, which makes him the outlier of the entire group. He does share the extra copies at DYS464, [more...]

Date: 2010-06-07 15:21:37


June Special on DNA Testing Prices

I just got a notification from FTDNA–from June 5-June 25, the prices for Y-DNA tests ordered through a project are Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239) or Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149), so now’s the time to do it if you’ve been thinking about it. If you want to do the test but can’t afford it, get in touch with us. We’ll try to get others to chip in for the cost. And if you don’t have the right DNA for the test, but want to sponsor someone else’s test (especially if you have a close relative who can be your “surrogate”) you can make a contribution [more...]

Date: 2010-06-07 16:07:06


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


DNA Reveals the Ties that Bind

Fortunately, a new tool has appeared in the family history arsenal. Upon my return home, I ordered the DNA kit from FamilyTreeDNA.com. As I am the daughter of a McMillen, I am unable to use my own DNA for this project. However, my father is an excited participant who submitted his test samples in 2007. We've experienced marvelous results. I have been welcomed into the online family study group where we all ponder each other's DNA and the implications of the results. While I am "dumber than dirt" about DNA, other family members have become DNA scholars. They analyze the data and collate it [more...]

Date: 2008-09-15 11:10:00


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


Family Tree DNA Adoptee Project

If you, or your child, are unsure of a biological family tree lineage, and would like a source to give some clues and answers, you might want to take a peak at what Family Tree DNA Adoptee Project offers. My father is in a couple of DNA projects for genealogical research purposes.  Through a match, (someone matched him and over a dozen other Spiveys) an adopted gentleman realized his biological surname is most likely Spivey.  From that information, he is searching for men named Spivey that lived in the area he was born in (California).  We did initially tease my dad, but this gentleman [more...]

Date: 2010-05-13 19:38:22


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


FamilyTreeDNA: 6th International Conference 30-31 Oct Houston

HOUSTON, (August 11, 2010) -- Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, will host its 6th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy on October 30-31, 2010, at the Sheraton North Houston in Houston, Texas. Each year, world renowned experts in genetics and science present cutting-edge developments and exciting new applications at this two-day educational forum which draws attendees from Family Tree DNA's Group Administrators from around the world. This year's conference will focus on the new Family Finder test which allows customers to find relatives across all ancestral [more...]

Date: 2010-08-11 23:17:00


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Family Tree DNA Announces ...

The following announcement was written by Family Tree DNA: HOUSTON, (August 11, 2010) -- Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, will host its 6th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy on October 30-31, 2010, at the Sheraton North Houston in Houston, Texas.  Each year, world renowned experts in genetics and science present cutting-edge developments and exciting new applications at this two-day educational forum which draws attendees from Family Tree DNA's Group Administrators from around the world.  This year's conference will focus on the new Family Finder test [more...]

Date: 2010-08-11 23:29:44



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