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 General Meeting, May 11, 2016 – DNA & Civil Registration sessions


The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.

Group sessions after the meeting will be:

DNA Group with M. Diane Rogers
Just Ask Us! Civil Registration Records

Meeting location – printable map and directions

The photograph shown above is of the 1912 May Day parade going down 8th Street near Columbia Street (between Columbia and Carnarvon) in New Westminster, BC. The photographer was William Thomas Cooksley. Courtesy of the New Westminster Heritage website, New Westminster Public Library, Accession # 2187. Many more May Day photos are on the website.

According to the on-line description: The shop next to the Barber’s pole was Thomas Oven’s blacksmith shop at 39 – 8th Street.
The Boys’ Brigade is shown in front of a decorated horse-drawn carriage that most likely carried the May Queen and her court. The Boys’ Brigade traditionally were the honour guard for the May Queen.

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.

BCGS General Meeting – April 13, 2016

The next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. All interested are welcome to attend. Refreshments.


English Group – Tips & Tricks in Finding Elusive Ancestors in the English Census Records – Peter Claydon

Irish Group – Records in the BCGS Library – Eunice Robinson

Introduction to New Members – an information session for new/newer members – Lorraine Irving & Judith Ueland.

See you Wednesday.

BCGS General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC. Directions and map (.pdf)