DNA Group News and Topics of Interest 

1. The next meeting will be on Thursday Nov 16, 2017 at 7 pm at the LDS Church.

This will be an Introduction to DNA Testing for Beginners.
This will be useful for those considering buying a DNA test during the Holiday discount season.
It will provide the information you need to decide what test to buy and what company to buy the test from.
It will cover the three main types of DNA test -
Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and Autosomal DNA.

Most of the DNA companies will be offering sales on their tests for Thanksgiving.
If this is your first Autosomal test, I recommend that you start with AncestryDNA, and later add a test from one of the other companies.
Here are some links

AncestryDNA
Family Tree DNA

23andMe

MyHeritage 

There are some useful links in the Resources section below, especially the ones in the h) Resources section.

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

Latest suggestions (updated 11/10/2017)
Posts for previous months, click
here.

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

b)
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"

e)
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?”,
      “Sorting out the DNA Tests Available for Genealogy” , and
      "The Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kit"

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) Autosomal DNA Analysis Tools by Tim Janzen

q) Visual Phasing by Blaine Bettinger

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

s) References for X-DNA Testing and Matching
(download)

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

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

v) 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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