ThruLines, one of Ancestry’s newly announced features, is yet another advancement in their quest to connect DNA testing and traditional genealogy research more seamlessly. Here’s how to put it to use in your family tree today.
MyHeritage has announced a new genealogy tool that will allow its DNA users to more easily discover how they may be related to their genetic matches. This technology, called the Theory of Family Relativity™, uses family tree information and historical records from a variety of sources to attempt to find and display a common ancestor for matching individuals in the MyHeritage DNA database.
DNA testing for ancestry is more popular than ever. More than 12 million Americans alone have now been tested. And with this many DNA results online in the various databases, chances are very, very good that you’re going to find hundreds of distant cousins when your results are processed.
If you’re one of the millions of people who received a DNA test kit for the holidays this year, you’re probably pretty excited to send in your sample and receive your results. It’s pretty thrilling, after all, to finally discover how much Irish you really are, or if Grandma Jane was right when she said you had a distant Native American ancestor. But, if you’re not familiar with how these tests work you might also be feeling some confusion and trepidation.
Hoping to score the very best deal on a DNA test this holiday season? We’ve rounded up all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts from the most trusted providers to make your job easier – including Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FTDNA and Living DNA. Plus, we’ve included some help for choosing the best kit to gift.
Cousinship, or the relationship two cousins have to one another, is one of the most confusing concepts in genealogy and genetic genealogy. Today, we want to share with you some very simple tricks for calculating these relationships without the aid of a chart.
In mid 2017 we announced that genealogy subscription site MyHeritage would begin providing free ethnicity reports and cousin matches to anyone who uploaded their DNA. But good things can’t last forever, and MyHeritage is ending the offer Dec 1st.
As more and more people choose to test their DNA in an attempt to better understand their family’s past, a lot of questions are popping up about what a genetic test can and can not tell you about your ancestry. In this article we’ll go over some things you will learn by testing yourself, or your family members, and some things you won’t be able to uncover unless you combine your results with traditional genealogy research.
At the end of May, MyHeritage announced a new 42 population Ethnicity Estimate, an improved version of the ancestry composition report that they have been offering to DNA test purchasers for over a year. Even more exciting, they also announced that anyone who uploads their raw DNA from another company will get this new report free of charge. At the time of this announcement I uploaded my own DNA data from Family Tree DNA to their system. What I discovered when my reports and matches came in really surprised me.
Whether you are an avid family history researcher who is hoping to use DNA to improve your research and build on your family tree, or you just took a test out of passing curiosity, here are some things you should and shouldn’t do with your results.