BCGS DNA Group Update

DNA GROUP NEWS – January 2018

Recently there are many changes to DNA websites and a number of DNA tools are new or enhanced.


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 month. Now it’s 1,190 members strong. Here’s the Facebook DNA Do-Over link:
And here’s the group’s list of featured topics each month in 2018:
I do recommend following Thomas at GeneaBargains: He will keep you updated on any free offers and sales for DNA testing, books, webinars, etc.


MyHeritage has made a number of improvements to their DNA services. 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:


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

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:


DNA is a hot topic right now. Most webinars are free or free for a limited time. The GeneaWebinars calendar has these coming up:

Tues. 30th January – Understanding DNA matching technology at MyHeritage. (A Legacy webinar; free live and for the first week.)
Sun. 18th February – Second Life Virtual Genealogy Society’s DNA Study Group will meet in Second Life.
And there will be four DNA Legacy webinars at least in March. Keep an eye out for these and more.


The next BCGS DNA Group Meeting will be Tues. 27th February at the BCGS Library, 1-3 pm. Topic TBA.
If you are interested in attending a small workshop, contact me : diane_rogers @

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

Further Afield

Abbotsford Stake Family History Day, Saturday, April 28th.

Friday, September 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, this time with Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage – topic: DNA, Q & A and “The Chromosome Browser”.
February 10, 2018 – 12 noon Pacific time.

BCGS General Meeting – January 10, 2018 in Burnaby – Happy New Year!

The first 2018 BC Genealogical Society general meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

Erica Williams will be speaking on Using Maps for Family History, showing how they can provide community context over time, family migration patterns, and how changes in transportation affected lives for example.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

No doubt there will be some mention of Genealogy Resolutions for 2018. What are yours?

All interested are very welcome to attend. Refreshments.

BCGS Christmas Social – Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 in Burnaby


Christmas Day swim, English Bay, Vancouver. Photographer, Stuart
Thomson. City of Vancouver Archives:AM1535-: CVA 99-1729. Alice May McCreery second from left; Leonard Leslie Bradbury third from left. Can you recognize anyone else in the photo?

The BCGS Christmas Social is December 13th, 2017, 7:30 pm – do join us! Enjoy the holiday treats, pick up your winter reading at the paperback book sale and again this year, participate in our Silent Auction. Have fun, pick up a present for someone (or yourself) and help raise some money for our Society.

The BCGS’s Most Improved Genealogist(s) for 2017 will be announced too!

All interested are welcome. Free. Refreshments.

Donations of treats for the refreshment table and books for the paperback sale are welcome.

Location: Danish Lutheran Church, Lower Hall, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby. Click for Directions and Map (printable).

BCGS General Meeting – Nov. 8, 2017 – Remembrance


The next BC Genealogical Society’s general meeting will be Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church in Burnaby, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

The new BCGS 2018 Calendars will be available for sale at the meeting.

Remembrance is the theme for this meeting.

Chris Dumfries will be our speaker – his topic, World War I and II cemeteries.

Click for Directions and Map (printable)

All interested are very welcome to attend.

See Canada’s Books of Remembrance on-line at Veterans Affairs Canada

The photograph above shows the Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, examining the Book of Remembrance at the (then) Public Archives of Canada, 5th November, 1942. With the Prime Minister were Colonel A.F. Duguid, Dr. Gustave Lanctot, Colonel J.W. Flanagan, Colonel Osborne, and Miss Sylvia Bury. Photographer unknown; courtesy Library and Archives Canada: PA-051570.