Sunday, April 23, 2017

DNA INTEREST GROUP HANDOUT


Click on the following to access the current DNA handout used in the ArkLaTex DNA Interest Group presentations:

DNA Interest Group Handout

Happy ancestor hunting with your DNA matches.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NATIONAL DNA DAY SALES!



To celebrate National DNA Day AncestryDNA and FTDNA have some great sale prices on their DNA tests.

AncestryDNA Sales - https://www.ancestry.com/
Ancestry has their atDNA Test on sale for $79, a 20% discount off the normal price of $99.

FTDNA has all their DNA tests on sale.  The atDNA Test (FamilyFinder) is $59, which is $20 off their regular price of $79.  They also have excellent sale prices on their mtDNA and Y-DNA tests, along with sale prices on their atDNA tests in combination with mtDNA and Y-DNA tests.

Even though the atDNA test is $20 less on FTDNA, my recommendation is to take the AncestryDNA test at this sale price of $79 and once you get your test results from Ancestry you can transfer your DNA data to FTDNA for only $19.  This way you have in effect taken tests at both companies for only $98 and your DNA results are compared to two different data bases resulting in more cousin matches.  Both testing companies have great tools to analyze your results but Ancestry tools are less difficult to use for the beginner.

I will be giving a presentation on DNA at the GENCOM meeting Sunday 23 April 2017 at 2 PM at the Broadmoor Library, and will be glad to answer any questions that anyone has about DNA testing and working with test results.

Happy ancestor hunting.

Friday, March 31, 2017

ARKLATEX DNA INTEREST GROUP APRIL 2017 MEETING INFORMATION

YES, WE WILL BE COVERING ANCESTRYDNA'S NEW GENETIC COMMUNITIES AT THIS MEETING!



ANCESTRYDNA'S GENETIC COMMUNITIES








If you have looked at your AncestryDNA results it the past few days you have probably noticed a new tool, Genetic Communities, that was added to your AncestryDNA test results on Tuesday 28 April. 



This is a great new tool that I believe that we will be able to use in many ways as we use genetic genealogy to research our family history.  I am just starting to look at this new tool and will give an in-depth presentation of what the new tool is all about and how we can use it in our genealogy research at our Wednesday 12 April 2017 DNA Interest Group Meeting.  In the meantime, see what you can find out about the tool and come to the meeting with some of your discoveries.  At the present time, I have two genetic communities and am interested to see some of the communities that other members in the group are a part of.



Blaine Bettinger presented a live webinar, “Exploring AncestryDNA’s New Genetic Communities”, yesterday on Legacy Family Webinars that you will be available to view FREE through Tuesday 6 April 2017 on their website FamilyTreeWebinars, after which time it will be available to paid members only.

Be sure and take advantage of this free time to view this webinar before our meeting.



AncestryDNA offers help for this new tool by clicking on the question mark in Genetic Communities page once you are viewing your communities.



Several Genetic Genealogists have posted information on this new tool:






More information will follow, after I learn more.



Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GREAT NEWS! YOU CAN NOW TRANSFER YOUR ANCESTRYDNA AND 23ANDME ATDNA RAW DATA TO FAMILYTREEDNA

Now you can upload your atDNA raw data from AncestryDNA and 23andMe to FamilyTreeDNA.  Click the picture below to go to the FamilyTreeDNA page to transfer the data.  The transfer is free to see the first 20 matches, but for a one time cost of $19, you can see all of your results.
https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer
Roberta Estes DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy was the first to make the announcement.  Go to her blog for more information.

Happy ancestor hunting.