DNA Group News and Topics of Interest

1. The next DNA meeting will be on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7 pm at the LDS Church.
This will be a workshop meeting on Evaluating Shared DNA.

The topics to be covered include,

1. Shared Ethnicity
2. Shared cM
3. Genetic Equivalence
4. Shared Matches
5. Joint Probabilities
6. Relationship Scenarios

At the end of each segment there will be a test example for the audience to try to see if they are understanding the concept. The moderator will then cover how the example might be answered. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions.
Please bring your laptop or tablet if you have one.

The format of this workshop will loosely follow that used by Paul Woodbury in the Family Tree Webinar, Evaluating Shared DNA. Note that you will need a subscription to watch this webinar.

We have members with a range of experience levels and we want to accommodate everyone, so come prepared to share your experiences no matter what level you are at.

If you have something that you would like explained, do not be afraid to ask. We encourage everyone to speak out, no matter what level of experience they have. Those with more experience love the opportunity to discuss these issues, and we all learn something.

Please contact Vernon Smith if you would like to request a topic for this or any other meeting.

2. Check out the Handouts covering various topics of interest to this group which can be accessed here.

The following are new ones giving links to blog posts, videos and more, on current topics

Ancestry ThruLines,   Auto Clusters,   Chromosome Painting & Visual PhasingUsing GEDmatch, New Features at Ancestry, and New Features at MyHeritage.

3. 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.
c)  Videos of the Sessions at RootsTech 2019

4. Blog Spot

Latest suggestions (updated 9/11/2019)
Posts for previous months, click

5. DNA Tools

a) AncestryDNA Helper App for chrome browser

b) MedBetterDNA App for chrome browser

c) Autosomal DNA Analysis Tools by Tim Janzen

6. 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) Donna Rutherford provides "DNA - What, when, how, why - FAQ's for beginners"

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

i) Which DNA tests to take - “Which DNA testing company should I use?”,
      “Sorting out the DNA Tests Available for Genealogy” , and
      "The Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kit"

j) Tips for Using GEDmatch

k) A video on GEDmatch basics from Angie Bush

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

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

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

o) Handout for Downloading and Uploading Your DNA Data

p) Visual Phasing by Blaine Bettinger

q) Links to "Finding Biological Family With DNA Testing" (download)

r) References for X-DNA Testing and Matching

s) Links to "Finding Lisa" story (download)

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

u) 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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