DNA: X Marks the Spot

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This is Part 3 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1 or Part 2. I had the YDNA and mtDNA down pretty good in my head. One is paternal, one is maternal, and so on. Then … [Read more...]

DNA: X? Y? So Many Letters.

My DNA lines

This is Part 2 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven't read it, yet, view Part 1. There are four main types of DNA that can be used for genealogy purposes: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and … [Read more...]

DNA: Digging Deeper Into Your Ancestry

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In the last week or so I've dug deeper into my DNA testing results mainly from my 23andMe test. I hope to have this be my first post in a "series" of posts about DNA for genealogy since I've done a lot of other research about different types of information found in your DNA. Another genealogist … [Read more...]

Ancestry Composition

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I received an email the other day from 23andMe letting me know about their new "Ancestry Composition" tool. I let it go to the back-burner since I didn't have a chance to visit it the other day. Today visited the link and was quite impressed. This is how it works, according to their … [Read more...]

Accessing Your Ancestor’s Memories?

I'm going to delve deep into theoretical things here, but it's something that always sort of fascinated me. Since the completion of the human genome project and the advent of more accessible DNA testing for us "normal" people, there have been amazing things coming out of that area of science and … [Read more...]

Ancestry DNA

My DNA results according to Ancestry DNA

Ancestry sent me an email a few months back giving me an early invitation to their new Ancestry DNA service. I couldn't resist, so I ordered one and sent it back in. The results were recently posted and there are some cool new things in there. The first interesting fact is that according to them, … [Read more...]

Looking for Genealogy on Netflix?

I've been a customer of Netflix for many years now. Back when I first signed up, it was only DVDs by mail. Now you get instantly streaming shows and movies into your living room through a PC or an XBox or a Wii console and it's glorious. I've run across a bunch of different history and genealogy … [Read more...]

23 and Me


On National DNA Day, April 23rd, there was news that 23andMe was selling the "Complete Edition" of their genetic test for $99. The usual price for this test is $499, so a savings of 80%. I couldn't pass up this deal since a) I am always curious about data and information b) I wanted to go deeper … [Read more...]