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

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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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