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- A New Kind of DNA Evidence: – “Should familial DNA be used in forensic investigations? How it works — and some of the potential problems with the practice.” Click here – via JSTOR
- April 2017 ISGS Webinar – Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy – “The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this session, learn how to combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to confirm or deny slave, slaveholder, and ancestral ties to one of history’s most peculiar institutions.” Presented by Nicka Smith. Click here – via Illinois State Genealogical Society
- DNA May Help Identify Victims of Spanish Civil War – “When the Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, many civilians had disappeared – executed and buried in unmarked mass graves.” Click here – via Olive Tree Genealogy
- Family Tree DNA myOrigins Ethnicity Update – No April Foolin’ – “The long-anticipated myOrigins update at Family Tree DNA has happened today. Not only are the ethnicity percentages updated, sometimes significantly, but so are the clusters and the user interface.” Click here – via DNA Explained – Genetic Genealogy
- Family Tree DNA Finally Releases New myOrigins Ethnicity Reports – “The long-awaited myOrigins update from Family Tree DNA is finally here – and it’s a big improvement. ” Click here – via Family History Daily
- FamilyTreeDNA’s New Origins Estimates – “So I checked my familytreeDNA origins results again last night after hearing they’d upgraded their population sample databases and there were some big changes!” Click here – via The Genetic Arborist
- Family Tree DNA Updates myOrigins – “Family Tree DNA has exciting news! The long-awaited update to myOrigins is now available.” Click here – via DNA – Genealem’s Genetic Genealogy
- Finally! A Gedmatch Admixture Guide! – “For those unaware, Gedmatch.com is a website where you can upload your raw DNA data for further analysis and matching with people from other companies who have also upload their data.” Click here – via Genealogical Musings
- For black Mormons, DNA testing a revelation of roots — and faith – “For most of Kevin Jones Giddins’ 55 years, his family history was a blank slate, save for a name on an aging birth certificate: Jacqueline Deborah Giddins.” Click here – via The Salt Lake Tribune
- New FTDNA Ethnicities – “FamilyTreeDNA updated their DNA ethnicity guesses. (Yes, guesses, the science behind them is nowhere near exact)” Click here – via Transylvanian Dutch
- The FDA Just Greenlit the First Consumer DNA Tests for Disease Risk – “At times, DNA testing can feel more like horoscopes than science. In many cases, we just don’t know enough about a gene to say what it means for our health. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration has sought to protect consumers by preventing DNA testing companies from telling them whether or not they’re are at risk for a certain disease. Until now.” Click here – via Gizmodo
- Why Are Your DNA Ethnicity Results Unexpected: Analysis – “Do all the SNPs used in the analysis have to be called, or is there some flexibility? How many is enough? How much will the analysis be impacted if some are missing?” Click here – via Anglo-Celtic Connections
- Why You Should Contact Your DNA Matches: “Now I’m Climbing a Whole Different Tree!” – “Trying to contact your DNA matches can be frustrating when they don’t respond, but it’s still worth reaching out to them. This researcher’s example shows a good reason why.” Click here – via Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems
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