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MyHeritage DNA Ups Its Game with Updated Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage DNA Ups Its Game with Updated Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage DNA made a lot of genealogists happy in January 2018 by adding a chromosome browser.  This allowed users to see what chromosome sequence they shared with DNA matches.  But, it was limited to seeing only one match at a time.  The newest update allows you to compare multiple matches to each other, thus making all the information on MyHeritage DNA even more useful. What’s a Chromosome Browser? It’s great to know that you match another person’s DNA, but how…

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DNA Ethnicity Estimates Are Just That, Estimates

DNA Ethnicity Estimates Are Just That, Estimates

The title of the Gizmodo article “How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage and Probably Yours, Too”, screams out to DNA test takers:  Danger Will Robinson!  Oh, wait, that was something else.  Still, the word botched implies that they’ve screwed up your results, but have they really?  And, they aren’t the only one.  Articles about how DNA tests are lying to us seem to be popping up all over the place. Your DNA test is not a fraud.  However, you…

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Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

Getting Closer to Identifying My DNA Cousins on Chromosome 21

I’ve been fortunate to make a 3rd cousin connection on my Jones/Kelly line who I share quite a bit of DNA with. This cousin helps me divide my DNA matches into my maternal maternal column. Even still, it’s been difficult making sense of how I relate to my other matches. I have a small group that match me on a sequence on chromosome 21 and I’m getting a little closer to figuring out how we are related. A Cluster of…

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How to Find DNA Cousins on GEDMatch with GEDCOM Search

How to Find DNA Cousins on GEDMatch with GEDCOM Search

Did you know that many cousins don’t share enough measurable DNA to get caught in DNA application filters? By using the GEDCOM search at GEDMatch.com you can find people who have your relatives in their family tree even if you only share small amounts of DNA. Some Cousins Don’t Share Much DNA DNA sharing takes certain patterns. You will share a healthy amount of DNA with your immediate family members and your first, and second cousins. Odds are that you…

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Research Your Family Tree Forward to Work Out DNA Matches

Research Your Family Tree Forward to Work Out DNA Matches

I have many DNA matches on FTDNA and GEDMatch and I’ve researched collateral lines. Yet, I struggle to figure out how we my DNA matches are related to me.  Knowing we’re related is only the beginning.  Figuring out how is the hard part.  I’ve spent considerable time going backwards with my research.  I’m bringing my lines  forward in hopes of learning who my DNA matches are. How about you? DNA Research is a Challenge My autosomal test results have confirmed…

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