Thursday, September 13, 2018


MyHeritage now supports the upload of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files, in addition to supporting data uploads from all major DNA testing services, including Ancestry, 23andMe (prior to V5) and Family Tree DNA (Family Finder).

Since 2016, MyHeritage has allowed users who have already tested their DNA to upload their DNA data from Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA. They receive DNA Matches and ethnicity estimates on MyHeritage for free.

However, previously MyHeritage did not support the upload of tests based on the chip called GSA (Global Screening Array), now being used by 23andMe (v5), and by Living DNA. Recent improvements to their DNA algorithms now allows them to support DNA data processed on GSA chips, and so they now support uploads of 23andMe v5 and Living DNA data files.

Uploading DNA data to MyHeritage is fast and simple -- perhaps one of the easiest. For users that upload now, they offer full access to DNA Matching, Ethnicity Estimates, and their chromosome browser for free.

Upload your Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and LivingDNA to MyHeritage here.

Incentive to upload before December 1
If you have not uploaded your DNA raw data to MyHeritage, you should think about doing so now.

As of December 1, 2018, MyHeritage's policy regarding DNA uploads will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features (for example, ethnicity estimate, chromosome browser, and some others) will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date.

MyHeritage will announce the full details of the new policy once it is finalized, closer to December 1.

All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 1, 2018, will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Do you have a DNA match to me? Have you added a family tree?

While there are different reasons to take a DNA test, one reason is to find unknown relatives. If you have taken a genetic genealogy oriented DNA test you are probably interested in determining your genealogical link to people you match. When you add a family tree at either the DNA testing company, FamilyTree DNA, MyHeritage, LivingDNA, or AncestryDNA, etc., or at a genealogical website which you link your DNA results to, GENI, WIKITREE, TribalPages, etc., please be as complete with the data for deceased individuals as you can. This means that you include locations, at least county and state in the USA, and full dates of birth, marriage, and death, as far as you know them.

Please don't list deceased persons as Private unless you don't want genealogical relations to find you. In the USA the most recent public population census is that for 1940. The 1950 census will be available in 2022. Having locations and dates allows the person looking at your family tree to make connections with people in their tree to allow identification of the most recent common ancestor/s, (MRCA). This will greatly enhance the possibility of extending your genealogy research.

My suggested minimum family tree would go back to your Great Grandparents with their spouses and children, and work forward and stop at living people on each line. Ideally going back to before the 1850 census would probably work for most people in the USA.

If your ancestry in the 1800s or 1900s was mostly in Europe or otherwise outside of the USA, testing at MyHeritage and/or AncestryDNA will probably be of most use to you. For genealogical records I also suggest using FamilySearch.org due to its worldwide coverage.

I hope this will help you find your relatives.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

23andMe project for under-represented groups

Global Genetics project at 23andme

23andMe is offering free genetic testing to people with all four grandparents from world regions with little representation in the 23andMe genetic database. There is more information at the link above.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 FTDNA DNA Day SALE!

Happy DNA Day!

The 2018 DNA Day Sale began April 20, 2018, and ends April 28, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time.
Group discounts do not apply during the sale. Here are the sale prices.
Test Regular Price Sale Price
mtFull Sequence $199 $149
Family Finder $79 $49
Y-37         $169 $139
Y-67         $268 $209
Y-111         $359 $289
Big Y-500 $799 $649
Family Finder + Y-37 
                $248 $179
Family Finder + Y-67 
                $347 $249
Family Finder + mtFull Sequence 
                $278 $189
Family Finder + Y-67 + mtFull Sequence 
                $546 $398
Upgrades to Big Y-500  
Y-111 
to Big Y-500 $449 $349
Y-67 to Big Y-500 
                $559 $459
Y-37 to Big Y-500
         $649 $549
Y-25 to Big Y-500
         $699 $599
Y-12 to Big Y-500
         $749 $629


Saturday, March 03, 2018

Summer internship for INdigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING), SFU., Vancouver, July 2018

From Kim TallBear:

Spread the word. applications being accepted for Summer internship for INdigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING), SFU., Vancouver, July 2018. Co-sponsored by @indigenous_sts @UANativeStudies & more. Lab work, biostatistics, decolonial bioethics & more. http://indigenoussts.com/sing-canada/sing-canada-2018/

Friday, December 15, 2017

Family Tree DNA Will Never Sell Your Genetic Data "Can The Other Guys Say That?"

HOUSTON, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), a division of Gene-by-Gene Ltd, the first to market with a consumer-oriented genealogical DNA testing kit and the only genealogical DNA testing company with its own state-of-the-art genetics laboratory, is telling consumers they will never sell their genetic data in a consumer awareness campaign entitled "Can the Other Guys Say That?"

"We feel the only person that should have your DNA is you," says Bennett Greenspan, President, and Founder of Family Tree DNA. "We don't believe it should be sold, traded, or bartered."

According to Greenspan, "the value of DNA testing is that the DNA test can tell you things about yourself that you cannot determine by looking in the mirror. It allows you to interrogate the history book written in your cells."


The full post is here: FTDNA will never sell your genetic data. This video from Bennett Greenspan further explains the issue.

Disclosure: I am an unpaid Y DNA project administrator for FTDNA. I do not receive any compensation for this post or my administrator work.

Endogamy or Pedigree Collapse, and Genetic Genealogy

How much faith can you place in the degree of relationship predictions at FTDNA, 23andMe and AncestryDNA?

Below is a chart produced by the Exploring Family Trees program at https://learnforeverlearn/ancestors/ website from a GEDCOM of my direct ancestors. My maternal ancestry is on the left and my paternal ancestry is on the right of the chart. Click on the chart to enlarge it.

The horizontal lines going from one side to the other side show the ancestors shared by my parents and also show that my mother's parents had shared ancestry. This is due to cousins marrying cousins and is known as Endogamy. Most people will show it in their own ancestry. It is also called Pedigree Collapse since the number of distinct ancestors at a certain generation will be less if you have more than one line of ancestry from an ancestor or ancestral couple. In my case it is considered to be a mild instance. Indeed, when I run my FTDNA autosomal result file through the program by David Pike to determine Runs of Homozygosity, I have none.


However, when I look at my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins, the intermarriages in my ancestry combined with endogamy within the set of people available for marriage in the area of southeast Kentucky from 1800 to 1940, results in my genetic family tree having an abundance of cousins who are related to me on multiple lines, and often being shown as having a closer degree of relationship that that expected based on traditional relationship charts.

Comparing the relationship predictions at the three main genetic genealogy testing companies, people are predicted to be one-half or one full-step closer at both FTDNA and 23andMe, and one-half to one full step farther away at AncestryDNA. Two of my four tested full 1st cousins exceed the expected 12.5% of DNA sharing: one is 17.9% (we share 6 of 8 great grandparents) and the other is 15.9%. The other two, a brother and sister, are at the expected 12.5%. Due to the Timber algorithm used at AncestryDNA I have a full 2nd cousin who is a predicted 3rd cousin at Ancestry. Her brother is shown as a full 2nd cousin at FTDNA.

FTDNA, through its pedigree system lets you set the exact relationship with your DNA matches. Neither 23andMe nor AncestryDNA do so. We need to be aware of these differences when checking predicted relationship at the different company sites.