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.
- “The New Big Y Test From FamilyTreeDNA”, Debbie Kennett, Cruwys News: http://cruwys.blogspot.ca/2013/11/the-new-big-y-test-from-family-tree-dna.html
- The International Society of Genetic Genealogy’s Y-DNA SNP Testing Chart has already been updated on the ISOGG website to include this new testing: http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Y-DNA_SNP_testing_chart
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.
- Strategies For Using Autosomal DNA with CeCe Moore and Shannon. 27 June, 2013, archived: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett/2013/06/28/strategies-for-using-autosomal-dna
- Strategies For Using Autosomal DNA – Part II with CeCe Moore and Shannon Christmas. 28 October 2013, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett/2013/10/28/strategies-for-using-autosomal-dna-part-ii
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.
- Genetic Genealogy Ireland – DNA conference 2013 report by Debbie Kennett: http://cruwys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/genetic-genealogy-comes-to-ireland.html
- Genetic Genealogy Ireland – DNA conference 2013 videos posted: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnW2NAfPIA2KUipZ_PlUlw?feature=watch
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/
- And here is a new interview with Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence for the National Genographic project. “Discussing the personal genomics revolution with Nat Geo’s Dr. Spencer Wells” by Grant Brunner, posted 7 November, 2013 at Extreme Tech: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/168586-discussing-the-personal-genomics-revolution-with-nat-geos-dr-spencer-wells
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.