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Australian Success Story

Here is a great outcome for the tenacious efforts of Kerri Favarato who worked so hard at locating her biological father. Kerri successfully utilised the technique of using ‘mirror trees’ on Ancestry.com to narrow down her paternal lineage. ‘You May … Continue reading

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Misinformed review

It is most unfortunate to read a review of Family Tree DNA by a popular young American genealogy blogger, Heather Collins, that is full of misunderstandings about how to use DNA and how to use Family Tree DNA itself. The … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Sales

There is a Father’s Day sale now on at Family Tree DNA, with all kits and bundles on sale. The basic Family Finder is now US$69, which is a saving of US$20. The sale ends on 18th June. Family Tree … Continue reading

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Science of Admixture

Garrett Hellenthal, statistical geneticist at the Genetic Institute, University College London, gave a very interesting talk at the recent Who Do You Think You Are convention in England on the science of how DNA companies predict ethnicity. Given that ethnicity … Continue reading

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Gedmatch and WikiTree

Gedmatch is now accepting links to WikiTree, which shows up in the new Ged/Wiki column. This is a welcome alternative to uploading a gedcom, which needs to be deleted and reuploaded each time changes are made to the gedcom, because … Continue reading

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Match Maker Breaker

A new tool for phasing created by Philip Gammon called Match Maker Breaker. Roberta Estes has written up a description on how to use the tool. This is an advanced tool for helping to eliminate false matches that are IBS. … Continue reading

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Australian donor conceived

There was an interesting interview on ABC Nightlife about the ethical and scientific position of Australians who are donor conceived. You can listen to the interview with medical scientist Damian Adams and Associate Professor in Health Law, Dr Sonja Allen. … Continue reading

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