DNA Group Update – Nov. 2013

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Genetic genealogy is an ever changing field. Yesterday’s news from the Family Tree DNA conference is an example of that, but interesting articles and updates to DNA genealogy testing services (and prices) appear regularly.

A few of the more recent articles and links –

First, the biggest news from FamilyTree DNA‘s conference this weekend is the new Y-DNA test available – the ‘Big Y DNA’ test – a full Y sequence test, replacing ‘Walk Through the Y’ testing. This will begin at $695, but previous customers are being offered a reduced price through November. Have a look at Debbie Kennett’s compilation of news about this which was posted yesterday and has links to other articles, and check the FamilyTreeDNA website which should make details public soon. ( If you are a male FamilyTreeDNA customer already, sign in and you may see more now.) If you are on Facebook, check out FamilyTree DNA’s Facebook page.

And, in case anyone thinks DNA testing for genealogy is brand new, FamilyTree DNA announced 10 year DNA Pioneer awards at the conference. More on that at Roberta Estes blog, DNAeXplained. Roberta is one of those Pioneers: http://dna-explained.com/2013/11/10/10-year-pioneers-recognized-by-family-tree-dna/

For anyone wanting to know more about autosomal DNA testing, here are links to a series of 2 recent archived podcasts with CeCe Moore and Shannon Christmas.These are archived from the ‘Research at the National Archives & Beyond’show with Bernice Bennett on BlogTalkRadio.

For those following  the identification of Richard III in England, there is an article in the most recent issue of the Society of Genealogists’ journal, Genealogists’ Magazine,  “Medieval DNA In Action: Richard III And The Family of Anne Spooner” by John Ashdown-Hill. Since there is a Canadian connection, this will be of interest to many here. Read this journal at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library [942 GM V31 #3 Sep/13, pages 91-97].

The UK Personal Genome Project  is underway.  Read more about this project and its implications in this BBC article, “Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins” by James Gallagher, posted 6 November, 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24834375

Hoping to find your Irish ancestors and family connections with DNA? See the on-line articles and videos from last month’s Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference in Dublin.

The National Geographic’s Genographic Project has dropped the price for its ancient DNA Geno 2.0 testing for a limited time to $159.95: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

DNA News Update posted by M. Diane Rogers, British Columbia Genealogical Society DNA Group facilitator. Comments and news on genetic genealogy and DNA happenings are  welcome here. Watch for information soon on upcoming BCGS DNA Group meetings for 2014.

Library power now on!

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Update – The power is now on again. One committee has done all its work almost in the dark.                                                                                ______                                                                                     The power is out at the BCGS Library this morning. Likely till at least noon. Will update later.

Reminder – BCGS Library Closed Sat., Nov. 9th, 2013

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The BCGS Walter Draycott Library will be closed on Saturday, 9 November, 2013 due to Remembrance Day, Monday, 11 November, 2013.

 BCGS Walter Draycott Library

The Library is usually open 10 am to 3 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, except for holiday weekends and for an extended closure for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This year the Library will be closed from 3 pm, December 19, 2013 to 10 am, January 4, 2014.  BCGS members though may check out circulating books for the holidays.

And if it snows, the library is closed.

Telephone: 604 502 9119

For more information about the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, and a map with directions, please see: http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=87

BCGS Walter Draycott Library: 211-12837 76th Avenue Surrey, BC

American Ancestors website – access at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library

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One of the benefits of visiting the BCGS Walter Draycott Library is access to several subscription websites. American Ancestors, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is one of those available.

The BCGS Library also has the Society’s journal, American Ancestors, New England, New York and Beyond, and the latest issue, Summer 2013, has several good articles about what’s available in the website databases – and what’s coming soon.

AmericanAncestors.orgCurrently, the American Ancestors databases include essential and unique resources for New England research, including vital event records, cemetery and tax records, periodicals and genealogies.  A new partnership with Ancestry.com will be bringing new databases to the website as Ancestry and the NEHGS digitize 40 million records and images for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See the American Ancestors article for a state by state look at the databases available now and soon for these four states.

NEHGS now is also the repository for the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives“One of the partnership’s first projects will be digitization and development of online access to the unique records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Boston office (1886–1977). The HIAS collection contains more than 30,000 individual arrival cards and case files for primarily Jewish immigrants who arrived in the United States through the Port of Boston, as well as ship manifests, administrative correspondence, photographs, and information, including queries, pertaining to displaced persons after World War II.”  AJHS press release, 28 June, 2013.

Anyone at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library may acess the American Ancestors databases available, as well as the extensive collections of books, journals, CDs, etc. at the Library.

New US maps – Genealogical Research Library website – now available at the BCGS Library

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Access to the Genealogical Research Library is free at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library.

[Individual GRL memberships are available. The Genealogical Research Library is in Niagara Falls: www.GRLresearch.com]

News from the Genealogical Research Library today.

US Maps just added today in addition to the ones already included.

(1) They range from the 1600’s to the 1900s.

(2) They can be enlarged greatly – most of them can be enlarged to the size of a wall – and yet seen in great detail using the highest resolution.

(3) Members can download them for free.

(4) For most of these maps, several different image formats are used: GIF, JPEG (one or more sizes), JP2, and TIFF. The TIFF format takes a lot of room on your hard drive, but it decidedly the very best for the great detail and clarity it brings. [The BCGS Editor loves TIFFs.]

(5) A great many of the County and Parish maps list the NAMES of the owners of lots and farms shown on the maps – obviously a great find for any researcher!

Today’s arrivals (Part 1) are for US states, alphabetically from ALASKA to LOUISIANA. (Part 2) MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, and MICHIGAN. The remaining States, as well as Canadian province maps, will follow.

Important: To find Maps, first go to the State you wish, and then click on “GEOGRAPHY”, and then click on “MAPS”. From the map list, just click on the map you wish and you will instantly arrive at that map online.

Here is a listing of the Map Titles for Part 1 and Part 2: USA – all available now:  Continue reading