DNA Group News – 2014 Intl. Genetic Genealogy Conference videos available

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BCGS DNA Group Update, 22 September 2014

The next BCGS DNA-Genetic Genealogy Group meeting will be 25 November 2014, 1 pm at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. Contact the Facilitator for more information, e-mail: bcgs @ bcgs.ca

The Institute for Genetic Genealogy has now available for purchase videos of 27 presentations from the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference held in August in Maryland, USA.  Continue reading

DNA Group News – FamilyTree DNA sale

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Father’s Day Sale at FamilyTreeDNA - to June 17, 2014 the price for Family Finder autosomal tests is reduced to $79 from $99 and the BigY test is $595.

If you had tested for Y-DNA with Ancestry previously, given that that company has announced abandoning all but autosomal testing, you may want to transfer your results to FamilyTree DNA for $19 and then upgrading the testing for a low additional cost – or you could look at taking a new test there. Roberta Estes has an article about this,  Transfer DNA Results or Retest at Family Tree DNA? Her Y-DNA recommendation is to transfer Ancestry results and to upgrade Y-DNA results at FamilyTreeDNA - just as soon as possible.

You may also want to read Debbie Kennett’s article posted today 12 June 2014 – Genetic Genealogy Hits the Big Time FamilyTreeDNA has now marked the ‘million’ milestone.

Finding DNA terms and intialisms confusing or annoying? Check out the information on the International Society for Genealogy Genealogy’s (ISOOG) website. There’s a glossary and a beginning section for newbies, as well as wide resources for all interested in using DNA results for genealogy.

Mitochondrial DNA test on sale – only to April 1, 2014

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FamilyTree DNA will have its Full Sequence Mitochondrial (MtDNA) Test (or upgrades) on sale for a few days only, starting 28 March 2014.

Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore has an article today about this which includes some thoughts on benefits of MtDNA testing for genealogists.  Continue reading

BCGS DNA Group Update – Next meeting February 12 in Burnaby

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Already we are posting a DNA update to the original update. This can’t wait till February.

Family Tree DNA is sponsoring a series of genetic genealogy webinars  with Elise Friedman of Relative Roots. Since the first on Family Tree DNA’s new X matching feature is today, I hope this will be available later for viewing as some have been.

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder.
Time: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 12pm Central
Registration: http://bit.ly/19Wohgg

The next webinars will be January 9 – Managing Your Personal Account; January 14 – Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 3: Family Finder; January 21 – Mind the GAP: Beginner’s Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA;  January 28 -Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA.

For full details and registration links, see Shannon Christmas’ Through the Trees blog.

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The next BCGS DNA Group meeting will be at the February 12th BCGS General Meeting to be held from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

We’ll be discussing using charts to decide on and analyze DNA testing and we’ll, no doubt, be talking about the new Big-Y test from Family Tree DNA.

2013 was a very interesting (and sometimes frustrating) year for genetic genealogy and 2014 is likely to be similar.

If you’d like to review 2013, Roberta Estes has a recap at her blog, DNAeXplained, “2013’s Dynamic Dozen – Top Genetic Genealogy Happenings” (posted on 28 December, 2013).

One DNA genealogy related happening I’d add to her list is the decision that two of Henrietta Lacks’ descendants will now be in the United States National Institutes of Health HeLa Genome Data Access working group which approves research on Henrietta Lacks’ genome. Since her death in the 1950s, Henrietta Lacks’ cancer ‘HeLa’ cells have been replicated over and over and used in thousands of medical studies – without her or her descendants’ knowledge or consent. See the Nature article about this 2013 agreement, “Deal done over HeLa cell line” by Ewen Calloway (posted 7 August 2013).

For more about Henrietta Lacks, her story and the medical and ethical questions surrounding her HeLa cells, read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010). BCGS Library.