New My Heritage DNA terms & conditions

After the recent post that cautioned against using the new DNA feature in My Heritage, there has been a review of their security issues that most concerned genealogists. Apparently, My Heritage was so bombarded by customers who were unhappy with the fine print regarding the uses of the DNA uploaded to My Heritage, that they actually changed their terms and conditions to make it safer and more acceptable to the genetic genealogy community. You can read more about it on Judy Russell’s excellent blog:
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/…/myheritage-dna-terms-cha…/

DNA Database for Australia

Jeremy Austin, project coordinator, ACAD

Jeremy Austin, project coordinator, ACAD

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), at Adelaide University, is currently undertaking a project to collect the DNA from Australians who were born before 1945, or who have parents and grandparents who were born in Australia, in order to build a profile of early 20th century Australia. This database will be used to help with identifying soldiers who died overseas in various conflicts in the 20th century, as well as with unsolved missing persons cases. If you are interested in donating your DNA, please contact Jeremy Austin at ACAD:

jeremy.austin@adelaide.edu.au

You can read more at ACAD and also an article from the Sydney Morning Herald

War cemetery at Tol, New Guinea

War cemetery at Tol, New Guinea

Do you qualify for FREE DNA testing?

Surnames are most often passed down along with Y-DNA

Surnames are most often passed down along with Y-DNA (source FTDNA)

Surname projects gather DNA information that helps to establish connections between people who have the same surname and to join up the branches on their family trees in their search for common ancestors. Sometimes these projects need more information to confirm their hypotheses about these connections and so they offer free or subsidised Y-DNA testing to people with that particular surname. To see if your name qualifies, see the list posted on the “Free DNA Testing” page of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG).