BCGS DNA Group News – February 2018

This week watch for more news from RootsTech 2018 (and sales) and for more enhancements to all the new DNA tools in 2018.


Rootsfinder has the latest DNA ‘tool kit’, designed to help visualize and organize your genetic genealogy information. All free for now. You will want to upload a GEDcom and as well some DNA data from GEDMatch. At the meeting this month, we discussed using GedMatch. I feel it’s well worth paying for the additional GEDMatch tools.
See a descriptive Rootsfinder video here: Rootsfinder is a family history tree website offering hints from a number of sources. Rootsfinder gained an Honourable Mention for 2017 from Tamura Jones for its own valid GEDCOM files.


Try out DNA Painter too: This includes the latest shared cM tool, a version of Blaine Bettinger’s shared cM project.

DNA DO-OVER – Facebook

No matter how new or how experienced you are with genetic genealogy, taking time to review your goals, methods and results is always useful. Thomas MacEntee started a DNA Do-Over Facebook group this year. Now it’s over 1,200 members strong. Here’s the Facebook DNA Do-Over link:
And here’s the group’s list of featured topics each month in 2018:

DNA Q and A – New Book

There’s a new DNA book out, DNA Q and A: Real Questions from Real People about Genetic Genealogy by Andrew Lee and Noel Devon Lee. (paper and Kindle). I do recommend following Thomas at GeneaBargains: He will keep you updated on any free offers and sales for DNA testing, books like this one, webinars, etc.


Join Blaine Bettinger’s Facebook group, “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques!”, if you want to keep up with all the new tools. But, be warned, this is a high traffic and high energy group:


MyHeritage has made a number of improvements to their DNA services. And is now offering their message service for free to all who have uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage. These apply to both those who’ve tested at MyHeritage and those who’ve uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage for free.
“…more accurate DNA Matches; more plentiful matches (about 10x more); fewer false positives; more specific and more accurate relationship estimates; and indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts. We also added the long-requested Chromosome Browser feature…”
See the announcement here:
You can still upload results to MyHeritage for free:
Debbie Kennett at Cruwys News has a positive review of the MyHeritage changes here:


If you have tested at Ancestry, the MedBetterDNA, a Chrome Browser add-on, offers additional functionality. Kitty Cooper’s Blog has an overview here:

23andMe has updated its Ancestry Composition Report, soon to include 150 populations and regions worldwide. Read more here:


DNA is a hot topic for webinars. Most webinars are free or free for a limited time.
But the RootsTech streaming sessions will be up on-line for a while. Download any handouts as soon as you can though.
And there will be four other DNA Legacy webinars at least in March. Keep an eye out for these and more.


If you are interested in attending a small DNA workshop in Metro Vancouver, contact me:

The BCGS DNA Seminar featuring Mary Kathryn Kozy will be Saturday, April 7th, 2018 in Burnaby. Tickets now for sale. See the BCGS 2018 Seminar page for details and registration information:

DNA Related Events Further Afield See our BCGS Events page for details of these events.

Abbotsford Stake Family History Day, free, Saturday, April 28th. Mary Kathryn Kozy will be there.

In Smithers – May 4-6, 2018 – Connecting Your Heirlines Seminar, Bulkley Valley Genealogical Society. Paul Jones wll be talking on DNA.

In Kelowna – Friday, Sept 28th–Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Blaine Bettinger will be speaking at the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s “Harvest Your Family Tree” Conference.


If you’re on Twitter, catch the next #genchatDNA one-hour get together: And/or catch up on the news from the Feb 10 #genchatDNA with Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage – topic: DNA, Q & A and “The Chromosome Browser”.

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About DRogers

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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