DNA Research – Genographic Project Chat – Sept. 13, 2013

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Watch a live chat about the National Geographic Project with Dr. Spencer Wells here, Friday, 13 Sept. 2013 – 9 am in most of BC – 9 am PDT.

National Geographic is offering anyone interested in ancient genetics a chance to ask questions directly to The Genographic Project and its leader, Dr. Spencer Wells, in a live Twitter chat on September 13 at 12pm ET.

Dr. Wells will be tweeting from his own twitter handle @spwells and participants may ask questions using the hashtag #NatGeoLive

For those not on Twitter, BCGS will show the chat feed here at BCGS.ca on the right side of the BCGS home page.  For more information about the chat and the National Genographic, see the National Geographic website.

DNA Group News – August 2013

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Roberta Estes has written a 4 part DNA series for the National Genealogical Society, “DNA Testing For Genealogy 101 – What Can It Do For You?”. She’s now added links to each of her articles at her blog, DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy, along with a list of the topics covered – from the basics for Y-DNA and mitochondrial and autosomal DNA testing to looking at results.

And for those interested in the United Kingdom’s newest royal, “Y-DNA of the British Monarchy”,  is a new article in the free on-line genetic genealogy journal, Surname DNA Journal.

BCGS DNA Group discussion – April 2013

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Here is a .pdf copy of last night’s DNA group meeting handout.  BCGS DNA handout – April 2013  If you would like this in another format, please just e-mail: webmaster@bcgs.ca

For a follow up on possible benefits of autosomal testing, see Judy Russell’s March 31, 2013 article at her website, The Legal Genealogist, Another matchmaker match!  Judy Russell will be giving the APG DNA April 30th, 2013 webinar mentioned last night. See last night’s handout for more about that.

And if you are interested in ‘personal genomes’, there is a recent textbook, Exploring Personal Genomics by Joel Dudley and Konrad Karczewski that may be of interest. Here’s a link to a review of it.

“Bioinformaticians Share Their Own DNA in Personal Genomics Textbook” by Crystal Gammon, March 25, 2013 at the New York Genome Center website.

DNA News Today

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Genetic DNA testing news -

First, 23andMe.com has dropped the price of their testing significantly in a bid to increase their customer base. This will be very good for those interested in genealogy testing, first, because of the lower cost, and second, because it will attract more people to genetic genealogy. CeCeMoore at Your Genetic Genealogist has written more about this today, and she also has an article on 23andMe’s new ‘Ancestry Painting’, now called ‘Ancestry Composition’, too.

Second, if you participated in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundations’s (SMGF) testing, time is running out to download your results from Genetree, the associated company. Roberta Estes has the text of the Genetree notice on her website, DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy. There was additional information about SMGF in an earlier BCGS DNA Group News article here from July 2012.

DNA Group Meeting Notes – Nov 24, 2012

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A good meeting yesterday! Thanks everyone for attending. Here are the promised links and notes on a few things we covered.

Follow this link for a copy of the BCGS – Genetic Genealogy Handout (from April 2012).  This link is also posted on the BCGS Education Handouts page. One thing has changed – the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation sold its databases and testing company to Ancestry.com. For information about Sorenson (especially important if you contributed DNA to the Sorenson databases), see this previous DNA Group News article. And Ancestry.com is now offering new DNA genealogy testing, but not yet in Canada.

The DNA testing companies we talked about included:

FamilyTree DNA – tests on sale till 31 December 2012: http://www.familytreedna.com

23andMe – for health and genealogy DNA testing: https://www.23andme.com

National Geographic – new Gene 2.0 testing for deep ancestry:  https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

The ‘Smith and Jones’ article I recommended reading is at Roberta Estes’ blog, DNAeXplained.

and Genome BC  has a good Education section which may be of interest: http://www.genomebc.ca/education/education-overview/

For those interested particularly in British Isles and Ireland DNA research, here are some links to projects and sites discussed.

The new book, Britain Begins by Barry Cunliffe (October 2012) is worth a read. Here is one review by Francis Pryor at In the Long Run.

People of the British Isles Project: http://www.peopleofthebritishisles.org

Irish DNA Atlas Project: http://www.familyhistory.ie/index.php/en/component/content/category/90-irish-dna-atlas-project

Scotland’s DNA, University of Edinburgh: http://www.orcades.ed.ac.uk/news.html

And Tyrone Bowes’s 3 websites:  English Origenes: http://www.englishorigenes.com , Scottish Origenes: http://www.scottishorigenes.com and Irish Origenes: http://www.irishorigenes.com

And lastly, here is a website link to Anna Hepburn, the actor who recently performed her play ‘Mary Queen of Scots: The Last Letter’ for Simon Fraser University’s Scottish Studies Department: http://www.annahepburn.com  (A great performance – if you’re interested in Scottish history, and you get a chance to see this play, do go – even if you’re not sure you’re related.)

M. Diane Rogers, BCGS DNA Group Facilitator

BCGS DNA Group Meeting, Nov 24, 2012, Surrey BC

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There will be a BCGS DNA group meeting at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, 1 pm, Saturday, Nov 24th, 2012.

Bring your DNA successes and your questions. Refreshments. The BCGS Walter Draycott Library is at Unit 211, 12837 – 76th Avenue, Surrey, BC. For a map and other information, please follow the Library link above.

Contact M. Diane Rogers for more information.