DNA

MyHeritageDNA Helps Adoptees Connect

A few weeks ago, MyHeritageDNA launched DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative was launched initially only in the USA. Now, MyHeritageDNA is going global with the program. The company just announced: More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive

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Back to School: Understanding DNA for Genealogy

In a couple days I plan to attend the Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2018 Conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m particularly looking forward to a number of conference sessions on using DNA for genealogical research. In the process of reviewing the background information I have on hand, I learned about several webinars created and broadcast by MyHeritageDNA

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Making Sense of My DNA Test Results

I have tested with AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA, so I have a lot of results to study and work with. Today, I discovered two YouTube videos by Crista Cowen at Ancestry.com. In them she explains two key aspects of my DNA test results: 1.You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part One) | AncestryDNA 2.You Received

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DNA Testing FAILS at Living DNA — Three Times

Today I received an email from Living DNA stating that my THIRD attempt at testing with Living DNA had failed. Here is the text of the email:https://www.livingdna.com Following on from the testing of your third sample, we are very sorry to have to tell you that this third attempt has also generated a LOW CALL

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A Sneak Peek into the MyHeritage DNA Lab

Today I received an email from MyHeritageDNA reporting that a test kit for a relative is being processed. Here is the text of the email (I have blocked the test subject’s name for privacy). Hi Wallace,‎ __________’s DNA sample is currently being processed in our CLIA-certified DNA lab. Status: DNA extraction in progress We wanted

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My 2017 Year-End Letter to Relatives and Friends

December 2017 Greetings from Brecksville, This is the toughest year-end letter I have ever written. My trusted proofreader is not available to give her stamp of approval. It has been seven months since MJ passed away after a lengthy period of declining health. Fortunately, she was able to spend her last days at our home

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Great Video on DNA from Ancestry.com

Today, I invested 26 minutes in watching a video presentation by Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com on using DNA to hunt for family connections. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loR7dN1Qm9g&t=6s The title of the video, which was published two weeks ago, is “AncestryDNA: You Won’t Match Everyone You Are Related To“. The title caught my eye because

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AP Report Previews Tonight’s Finding Your Roots Episode

Yesterday (02 Oct) Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer, previewed a bit of tonight’s premiere of Finding Your Roots on PBS. She wrote: If there’s a bigger cheerleader for genealogy research than Henry Louis Gates Jr. it’s unlikely they’re nearly as well-connected. The prominent Harvard professor once again lures the famous and celebrated to PBS’ “Finding

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