Monday, March 23, 2015

Planning for the Global Family Reunion

You may be interested in this announcement from Family Tree DNA:

Family Tree DNA is proud to offer you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of your genetic past and meet your cousins from around the world - and have a blast doing it!

Family Tree DNA has partnered with The Global Family Reunion to put on a unique event: the first-ever gathering that brings together genetically linked people.  While at the gathering, you will get to hear from top scientists and entertainers on all aspects of DNA and family.

All Family Tree DNA members are being offered a limited-time early-bird price of $25 for the event.

Event Details

When: June 6, 2015
Where: New York Hall of Science, New York City

Click here for early bird tickets and more information.  

Click here for exclusive reward packages!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Still Wrestling with Genetic Genealogy?

Here is the ultimate solution, an opportunity to really learn how to use it, with hands-on exercises, all from your own home: Blaine Bettinger is one of the best in the field.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


I hope everyone who tests with realizes that, unless you maintain an annual subscription, you will have limited access. The details are outlined here:

It is highly recommended that you "transfer" your results to Family Tree DNA and to Gedmatch to reap the greatest rewards for your investment.

Monday, February 16, 2015

What's new in the world of genealogy and DNA?

The pace of innovative change in  genealogy and especially genetic genealogy is becoming almost overwhelming. Two major conferences were held last week concurrently and in the same venue in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the LDS church, the largest genealogical library in the world, and Announcements flew as all the major companies and many start-ups vied for attention.

For a taste of especially important things to come in the next days and weeks, see

Monday, February 9, 2015

Presidents -- A Fun Finding

Just in case my postings here give you the idea that I have forsaken traditional genealogy in favor of genetic testing, I thought I'd share the fruits of a couple hours work over the weekend. Thanks to Wikitree's Relationship feature, I discovered that I am related to every president of the United States except four -- McKinley, Truman, Kennedy and Reagan. The closest is Ulysses S. Grant at 4th cousin 6 times removed; the most distant is Andrew Johnson at 21st 2 times removed. The most recent common ancestor was Joseph Hatch (1654-1737) and the most remote was Guy Brienne (1110-1159). See the results here:

It was a fun exercise, and there is a DNA tie-in: Joseph Hatch appears repeatedly among triangulated matches, as do several other of the ancestors I have in common with these men. is free, by the way. Try it for yourself. (I'm just a happy user and have no ties to the company.)

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Must Read

At the top of my list of "must reading" this month is:

The Legal Genealogist blog

 It is a snapshot of everything you need to know about DNA testing -- at least to get started.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

23andMe and MyHeritage

I'm sure everyone knows that 23andMe has entered into a partnership with 23andMe. Starting May 1, 2015, if you have a tree at 23andMe, it will be moved to, or you have the option of uploading your own GEDCOM to MyHeritage or keep the tree you already have there.

You may also know that MyHeritage offers free genealogy software that integrates with your online tree so updating is automatic. What, if any, new features might be offered by MyHeritage that make use of your DNA data from 23andMe is not yet known.

Be aware! MyHeritage will import your tree or allow you to create a new one for free but only for six months. After that, if your tree has 250 nodes or more, you will have to pay the normal subscription fee at MyHeritage to keep it there.

Learn more at