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DNA Testing, Vital for Genealogy?

Test should also explain that research in your family tree, whether is true or not. One kind of DNA test for genealogy that is available to the public is the mtDNA Test. mtDNA is a kind of DNA which is passed down by your mother to all her children and this does not get mixed with other DNAs. Therefore, it is an important determinant of good in front of your mother since his is the same mitochondrial DNA, which is also the same mitochondrial DNA from the mother, and is again the same thing his mother, and so on. Take a long time, for it can be changed so if two people are suitable for mtDNA, [more...]

Date: 2010-09-22 19:48:37

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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


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


How Can I Locate Family Members With DNA Testing?

Genealogy has thrown its doors open to connect more and more people together. With new kinds of DNA tests that are available to the public, it is now possible to locate family members with DNA! Yes, that’s right! Now it is possible to search one’s surname in a DNA database and locate family members with DNA. Source:How Can I Locate Family Members With DNA Testing? Paste your code here! View original post: How Can I Locate Family Members With DNA Testing?If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for [more...]

Date: 2010-10-05 05:00:05


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


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 offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades

Y-DNA Upgrade Sale at Family Tree DNA Those of our readers who have already Y Chromosome tested at Family Tree DNA of Houston, TX will be interested to learn of this special price on upgrades. FTDNA is currently offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades. The table below compares the regular surname group rates with the sale prices. The promotion will end July 19, 2010. Kits need to be ordered and paid for by midnight on that date. Click on the link below to go to the FTDNA web site. Then log in to your personal page and click on the special offers link in the left hand navigation bar. Click [more...]

Date: 2010-07-09 22:12:00


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


Megan Smolenyak: A Funeral on My 50th | todaysjibe.com

The funeral was for Andrew Smolenyak, an uncle of my husband’s and of mine by marriage (In spite of the rarity of the surname, it’s a fluke that my husband and I were both born Smolenyaks, and DNA testing shows that our respective Smolenyak families are not related – a story for another time). His passing was a watershed within my husband’s family for several reasons. He was the last WWII vet, having been on board a ship off the coast of Japan and much relieved at the time of the Japanese surrender. He was the last of the ten siblings, bringing an entire generation to a close. And he [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 09:27:45


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


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


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


DNA Tests

A maternity or paternity identification test is conducted to establish whether a person is the biological parent of another person. A test to prove paternity (whether a man is someone's father) is known as a paternity test; a test to prove maternity (whether a woman is someone's mother) is called a maternity test.Although paternity tests are more common than maternity tests, there may be circumstances in which the biological mother of the child is unclear. Examples include cases of an adopted child attempting to reunify with his or her biological mother, potential hospital mix-ups, and in [more...]

Date: 2009-06-24 10:45:00


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


DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: Bookshelf: Shaking the Family Tree

Providing practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians since 1995, online since 1985. NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Well, the folks at Simon & Schuster, Inc. sent the following information about a new book titled Shaking the Family Tree by Buzzy Jackson. Ol' Myrt here wishes her DearREADERS not to confuse this new offering with Shaking Your Family Tree by Ralph J. Crandall and the Shaking Your Family Tree Workbook by Maureen McHugh. I haven't seen Buzzy's book, but trust that one of my DearREADERS will provide some feedback about Buzzy's research. Shaking the Family Tree “Who are you and [more...]

Date: 2010-10-01 04:41:00


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


Mitochondrial DNA Genealogy

The mitochondrial DNA genealogy is the study of a person’s mother’s family line of maternal ancestors. This DNA is passed down from mother to each of her children exactly as she has it, with no mutations, except in the very rare instances. Because of the traditions in our society of the wife taking her husband’s last name, a surname genealogy trace of the female line of the family tree is more difficult. On the flip side, since this DNA strand is more stable than the Y DNA, more conclusive results can be determined for the testing of it. The mt-DNA is sometimes referred to as the Full [more...]

Date: 2010-10-05 09:25:26


The Genetic Genealogist | Article Review: “Bio Science: Genetic ...

Based on her research in this area, Dr. Nelson writes about the complex interpretation of the results of genetic genealogy testing by African-Americans and black British.  Rather than completely altering their preconceived biographical narratives based on the results of testing, many people struggle to mesh genetic results with these narratives.  From the abstract: “While there is some acquiescence to genetic thinking about ancestry, and by implication, ‘race’, among African-American and black British consumers of genetic genealogy testing, test-takers also adjudicate [more...]

Date: 2008-10-09 11:54:09


26th: CRUZ

The summary result pages have been updated to include a new member, surname CRUZ, with a GD4 "match" to Lineage 2 (Haplogroup R1b1), the Fife/Irish FAIRBAIRN/FREEBORN representatives. However, as FT DNA's time predictor says the common ancestor is only 77% likely at 17 generations, and no further information is known..... The summary result page however also now includes all of F-35's results, and shifts him up next to his exact [more...]

Date: 2010-08-25 23:59:00


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


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


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


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


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


Tracing Birth Parents by Testing Your DNA

The tests can even distinguish a half sibling from a full sibling. If you followed my advice and used both Family Finder and Relative Finder, you can test the suspected relative with whichever test costs less. Both should do a good job of confirming a close relationship. NOTE: Do not count on a Y-DNA test for close relationship testing. While Y-DNA matches definitely share a common paternal ancestor, the test can only tie you to a family, not to any one person. Mitochondrial DNA? Both men and women can also take a mitochondrial (mtDNA) test that follows the maternal line. But learning [more...]

Date: 2010-05-05 14:19:14


DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy: Family Finder Testing Series ...

Realize that in time, we will work out how best to do this, just as we did when DNA testing for genealogy was first born. We are pioneers again, and sharing ideas is the way to conquer this task. 8. Understand that Family Tree DNA and 23andMe do not have the space to post large chunks of our lineage. Their purpose is to find us matches. I'm only speculating, but the arrangements for sharing lineage on FF (surname lists and/or your GEDCOM) could get tweaked at some point, or we could get more creative with how we use it. For example: List your surnames under SURNAME; give your URL for the [more...]

Date: 2010-06-29 18:34:00


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


How you go about tracing Hispanic ancestry in your family if no ...

I know for a fact I have Hispanic ancestry along with German but everyone identified as 100% German. I am curious about this but don’ t know how to find out more. The origins are probably from Mexico and some from Argentina. A DNA test has already been done. One part Refers Hispanic Minnesota the rest is from Argetina. I have been able to determine Mexican Migrant workers have lived in Minnesota but the timellines don’t match as for when they began settlling. There I cannot find any Hispanic sounding Surnames tracing back 3 generations. I would suspect the connection is on Maternal sides [more...]

Date: 2010-09-18 09:26:54


25th: Eckford/Kelso lineage match

At 37/37 FT DNA's time predictor says a common ancestor probabilities are: 83% within 4 generations, 93% within 6. However, given the variations that can occur in the 38-67 marker panel, it would be wise to see those results, particularly as cdyb is a faster mutating marker and we have two, assumed separate, branches within "clump 2" with cdyb=37. The James & Christian (JERDAN) tree has a number of Roberts, as do most of the trees! Blog labels: These are in the process of being changed to show forename only for FAIRBAIRNs and surname only for others (in capitals). Should make the cloud of [more...]

Date: 2010-08-25 09:44:00


16th: Kit status/another ELLIOTT match

The ELLIOTT Project DNA Admin thinks this may make the Border FAIRBAIRNs actually ELLIOTTS, with a possibility that it is the other way. I'd like to think it is the other way of course (vbg), but in reality, the jury is very much still out, with a growing body of evidence of several ELLIOTT lines and one, related, and slightly later, IRWIN line in [more...]

Date: 2010-07-15 03:03:00


6th: Minor tweaks to Patriarchs page

The Patriarchs page has had a couple of minor tweaks. The main one being to shift the outline descendants report for lineage 1j of LE (F-31) out of the "In Progress" section up to immediately next to Lineage 1a, whose representative he is an exact match of. And to add a placeholder in the In Progress section for F-34, the kit currently at the lab, results due in a couple of [more...]

Date: 2010-07-06 01:34:00


26th: The Elliott conundrum

The end result, or rather the preliminary result, is now showing as a new sub page on the Supplementary DNA pages as an exploration of the ELLIOTTs, IRWIN and FAIRBAIRN matches. Also, the first panel of results is in for one of the new participants, so a placeholder for F-35 is now included on the Lineage 1 grid - yes, another Lineage 1, clump 2 [more...]

Date: 2010-07-26 11:39:00


27th: The ELLIOTTs and FAIRBAIRNs

The theoretical dna signature chart exploring the ELLIOTT/FAIRBAIRN conundrum on the supplementary pages has been updated, conservatively, after more time spent checking the matches against the Family Tree DNA Time [more...]

Date: 2010-07-27 05:33:00


09/20/2010: Phillips is the 49th most common surname in USA

The US Census Bureau provides lists of the most frequently occurring surnames. Acccording to the bureau, Phillips was the 49th most common surname in the year 2000. Here is a link to a page at the US Census Bureau that provides [more...]

Date: 2010-09-20 16:23:48


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


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



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