DNA Group News and Topics of Interest

1. The next meeting will be on March 30, 2017 at 7 pm at the LDS Church.

Note that this is on the 5th Thursday instead of our usual date of the 3rd Thursday.

This is to avoid conflict with the trip to Salt Lake City.

We will have a Q & A session in the first part of the meeting, then there will be a talk on 
"How to deal with your Autosomal DNA Test Matches".
This will cover how to choose which matches to investigate, how to use what each testing company offers to narrow down your search for long-lost cousins, and more.

The following links give some useful information.

FTDNA Family Finder Links

Nine Autosomal Tools at Family Tree DNA 
by Roberta Estes

FTDNA Video on Introduction to Family Finder (Autosomal and X DNA) and
Family Finder: Match Comparison

Revisiting AncestryDNA Matches - Methods and Hints  by Roberta Estes

More about DNA relatives at the new 23andme by Kitty Cooper

Please contact Vernon Smith if you would like to request a topic for a future meeting.

2. Useful DNA Video Lectures
a)  Videos from lectures given at  "Who Do You Think You Are" conferences held in Birmingham, England.
b)  Videos from Genetic Genealogy Ireland conferences.

3. Blog Spot
a) Debbie Kennett talks about
"Autosomal DNA Triangulation. Part 2: The phenomenon of triangulated segments"

b) Jim Bartlett with help from Ann Turner discusses "Anatomy of an IBS Segment", "Pile-ups", and "Does Triangulation Work?"

c) Sue Griffith talks about "Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA): No Spreadsheets Required"

d) Diahan Southard presents “Results May Vary: One Family's DNA Ethnicity Percentages”

e) Karin Corbell explains about "Demystifying Ancestry's Relationship Predictions Inspires New Relationship Estimator Tool"

f) Legacy Tree Genealogists discuss "How the X_Chromosome Solved a 100-Year-Old Adoption Mystery"

g) Roberta Estes talks about “Additional Relatives Added to Phased Family Matches at Family Tree DNA”,
“Y DNA Match Changes at Family Tree DNA Affect Genetic Distance” and “Concepts – Match Groups and Triangulation”

h) Judy Russell discusses “Back to basics: YDNA”“Circling the DNA clues”, and “Following up: oh those circles!” 

4. Resources
a) A good resource has been provided by Kitty Cooper as 'DNA Newbie FAQ'

Stream a video on "DNA for Beginners: The Three Tests" by Debbie Kennett.

c) Kelly Wheaton offers a "Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy"

d) CeCe Moore has a four part series on "DNA Testing for Genealogy"

FTDNA eBook "Interpreting Genetic Genealogy Results"

f) John A. Blair provides a basic discussion with "DNA 101"

g) Discussion of "ICW vs. Triangulation" (download)

h) Which DNA tests to take - “Which DNA testing company should I use?”,
     and “Sorting out the DNA Tests Available for Genealogy”

i) A video on GEDmatch basics from Angie Bush

j) A beginners guide to "DNA Genealogy Using GEDmatch"

k) Basics of DNA "Focus University: Understand DNA in 10 Minutes".

l) This has recommendations that some would argue with, "A Practical Guide to Using Autosomal DNA (atDNA) for Genealogical Purposes"

m) Guide to "How to Download Your AncestryDNA Data and Upload It to FTDNA"

n) Guide to "How to Download Your 23andMe DNA Data"

o) Guide to "How to Transfer Your DNA Data to FTDNA"

p) Links to "Finding Biological Family With DNA Testing"

q) References for X-DNA Testing and Matching

r) Lots of information, courtesy of NIH, on Genetics

s) Lots of useful links on "ISOGG Wiki" This has an interesting discussion of "Identical by Descent"

Please send comments or suggestions to Vernon Smith

Note that I am available to answer your questions when I volunteer at the Family History Center (LDS Church) on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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