DNA Group notes – May 2016 meeting

Watch for news about sessions in July during or near BCGS Library Week, July 17-23. Contact the DNA group facilitator for more info – canadagenealogy@shaw.ca

Here are links to some commercial and non-profit websites mentioned at the BCGS DNA Group meeting, May 11, 2016 and a few new links of interest. And below is the list of articles that were available at the meeting. See our April DNA Group update for links to the free DNA videos from the genetic genealogy talks at WDYTYA Live 2016, sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

AncestryDNA – autosomal DNA testing – Ancestry.com Debbie Kennett has just published an article about the changes at Ancestry at her blog, Cruwys News as has Roberta Estes at her blog, DNAeXplained.

GedMatch – a volunteer project – free – compare your DNA results to others. Accepts data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and WeGene. https://www.gedmatch.com

DNALand – free. See your data as compared with reference populations; relative matching. Learn more about your DNA and share with scientists. Currently accepts data from 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, or AncestryDNA. Non-profit research project; run by academics affiliated with Columbia University and the NY Genome Center. https://dna.land/

OpenSNP – free – volunteer project. Publish, share and learn about your DNA data for scientific and genealogical use. Currently accepting DNA data from 23andMe, deCODEme or FamilyTreeDNA. Contact them if you have another company’s test and want to participate. https://opensnp.org/

Promethease – Nominal charge; offers a literature based “personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia.” See the sample reports. https://www.promethease.com/ Judy Russell has an article about Promethease at her blog, The Legal Genealogist. Do make time to read the comments, and the other articles she cites.

The newer books mentioned were:

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine T. Bettinger (National Genealogical Society, to be published summer 2016).

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection by David R. Dowell (Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

Endogamy: One Family, One People by Israel Pickholtz (Colonial Roots, 2015).

Available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library
(articles without a call # are in cataloguing – available soon)

Three Irish Lambert Immigrants to North America, genetics and genealogy, David Lambert, pp. 54-55. American Ancestors, Summer 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V6#31 2015

Cousins, and Overcoming the DNA Language Barrier, DNA & Genealogy, Diahan Southard, p. 31, Your Genealogy Today, March/April 2016.
BCGS – 929 FC/YGT V2#1 2016

Several articles on genetic genealogy, Lifeliner, Genealogical Society of Riverside, California, November 2015.
BCGS – 979.4 LIF V51 #1 Nov’15

Oxfordshire Surnames…DNA Project, pp. 48-53, Oxfordshire Family Historian, April 2014.
BCGS – 942.57 OFHS V28#1 Apr’14

Several articles in Archaeology section, History Scotland, January/February 2016.

Understanding Relationship Predictions Based on Shared DNA by Blaine T. Bettinger, pp. 42-45, APG Quarterly, March 2016.

What is a Haplogroup by Diahan Southard, p 26, Your Genealogy Today, Jan/Feb 2016. BCGS – 929 FC V1#6 2016

Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Thomas W. Jones, pp. 85-103, NGS Quarterly, June 2015. *See also Editor’s Corner
BCGS – 929 NGSQ V103 #2 Jun’15

Top 10 Discoveries of 2015, Archaeology, January/February 2016.

Genetic Surprises at Age 77 by Christopher C. Child, pp. 54-59, American Ancestors, Spring 2015.
BCGS – 974 NEA V16#2 2015

An Extraordinary Victory for DNA by Israel Pickholtz, pp. 14-16, Journal of One-Name Studies, April-June 2016.

BCGS DNA group update – April 2016

FamilyTreeDNA sponsored and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) organized DNA related talks throughout Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2016 held in Birmingham, England.

Most of these will be on YouTube soon. The first one is here:

Here is the link to the DNA Lectures – Who Do You Think You Are YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HQSiSkiy7ujlkgQER1FYw?nohtml5=False

We will be having a DNA Group session at the May General Meeting and after that, a couple of small sessions at the BCGS Library.

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

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

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.