DNA GROUP NEWS – January 2018
Recently there are many changes to DNA websites and a number of DNA tools are new or enhanced.
No matter how new or how experienced you are with genetic genealogy, taking time to review your goals, methods and results is always useful. Thomas MacEntee started a DNA Do-Over Facebook group this month. Now it’s 1,190 members strong. Here’s the Facebook DNA Do-Over link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dnadoover
And here’s the group’s list of featured topics each month in 2018: https://abundantgenealogy.com/dna-topics-2018
I do recommend following Thomas at GeneaBargains: https://www.genealogybargains.com He will keep you updated on any free offers and sales for DNA testing, books, webinars, etc.
MyHeritage has made a number of improvements to their DNA services. These apply to both those who’ve tested at MyHeritage and those who’ve uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage for free.
“…more accurate DNA Matches; more plentiful matches (about 10x more); fewer false positives; more specific and more accurate relationship estimates; and indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts. We also added the long-requested Chromosome Browser feature…”
See the announcement here: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/major-updates-and-improvements-to-myheritage-dna-matching
You can still upload results to MyHeritage for free: https://www.myheritage.com/dna/upload
Debbie Kennett at Cruwys News has a positive review of the MyHeritage changes here: https://cruwys.blogspot.ca/2018/01/a-chromosome-browser-and-new-matching.html
Ir you have tested at Ancestry, the MedBetterDNA, a Chrome Browser add-on, offers additional functionality. Kitty Cooper’s Blog has an overview here: http://blog.kittycooper.com/2018/01/an-awesome-ancestry-add-on/
Join Blaine Bettinger’s Facebook group, “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques!”, if you want to keep up with all the new tools. But, be warned, this is a high traffic and high energy group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneticgenealogytipsandtechniques/?hc_ref=ARS2PTxFeGXIzsJu1do3tOYhiEzugsVxmKHI8oZB7d6LfcYdOOu6p51seC2erMa4z40
DNA RELATED WEBINARS
DNA is a hot topic right now. Most webinars are free or free for a limited time. The GeneaWebinars calendar has these coming up:
Tues. 30th January – Understanding DNA matching technology at MyHeritage. (A Legacy webinar; free live and for the first week.)
Sun. 18th February – Second Life Virtual Genealogy Society’s DNA Study Group will meet in Second Life.
And there will be four DNA Legacy webinars at least in March. Keep an eye out for these and more.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
The next BCGS DNA Group Meeting will be Tues. 27th February at the BCGS Library, 1-3 pm. Topic TBA.
If you are interested in attending a small workshop, contact me : diane_rogers @ shaw.ca
The BCGS DNA Seminar featuring Mary Kathryn Kozy will be April 5th, 2018.Tickets now for sale. See the BCGS 2018 Seminar page for more information: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511
Abbotsford Stake Family History Day, Saturday, April 28th. http://www.abbotsfordfamilyhistory.com
Friday, September 28th – Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Blaine Bettinger will be speaking at the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference. http://www.kdgs.ca/
If you’re on Twitter, catch the next #genchatDNA one-hour get together, this time with Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage – topic: DNA, Q & A and “The Chromosome Browser”.
February 10, 2018 – 12 noon Pacific time. https://twitter.com/genchatDNA