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Every genealogist and adoptee should do the AncestryDNA test. And right now it is sale priced at just $59. With over 15 million users you are sure to find many previously unknown genetic relatives. Some of them will have information about your common ancestors that you lack. Ancestry's innovative ThruLines tool can help you figure out how you are related to your matches. This test also includes one of the better ethnic ancestry breakdowns. Finally, raw data from the AncestryDNA test can be downloaded to your computer and uploaded for free to several other key databases. This test is a bargain at $99 and a steal at $59.
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The National Geographic Society has announced that their Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry kits are no longer available for sale. The Genographic website will be taken down December. 31, 2020. Your results will be available for viewing until then, but not after that date. Depending on which version of the Genographic test you’ve taken, you may be able to transfer your results to Family Tree DNA for free. Everything depends on where and when you tested. Roberta Estes explains all this in a recent blog. If you tested with the Genographic Project, follow this link to see your options.
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I just ordered and received a great new book for adoptees. While I have not yet had time to read it thoroughly, I have reviewed the detailed Table of Contents and skimmed several sections. If you are an adoptee or anyone else trying to discover and reconnect with lost biological family, this is the step-by-step manual that can guide you every step of the way. One of the authors is Brianne Kirkpatrick. I serve with her on the Advisory Board of DNA Quest. So I know she is eminently qualified to write this guide. You can get the book now at Amazon through the following link:
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One of the four most popular DNA databases is MyHeritage. If you or your family members have already done a DNA test with another company, you can download your raw data from that company to your computer. Then you can upload the DNA data to MyHeritage and receive DNA Matches for FREE. Receiving DNA Matches and contacting them is free and unlimited. Thanks to MyHeritage’s wide international reach and availability in more than 40 languages, you will have an excellent chance of being matched with relatives who live in other countries in addition to matches in the United States. If you wish to use any of their great tools for working with your matches, you can pay an OPTIONAL one-time unlock fee of $29. That will give you access to the Chromosome Browser, the Ethnicity Estimate, family trees posted by your DNA matches, and other innovative tools for working with your matches.
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Since I reunited with my birth family twelve years ago, the pace of DNA-driven reunions has accelerated. That's driven by new, lower-priced tests and far bigger databases. This particular story is about two half-sisters, adopted separately. They had both searched unsuccessfully for years. Then independently each did a MyHeritage DNA test.
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My wife and I love listening to audiobooks. It's a way we can share a story and then discuss it together. Plus, we can listen while doing other things, like long car trips. "Finding Family" is my award-winning personal story that traces my decades long search for biological family. In addition to the print and eBook editions, it is available as an audiobook on Audible and through Amazon. Here's an excerpt from a recent listener review: "I loved this book, I listened to it on audio. Very well written -- easy to follow the story with various people and places, complicated topic made simple to understand. The author's sense of humor made me laugh out loud many times. I found myself talking back to him out loud, to cheer or encourage him along the way. The details he gives about how he did his research are great for generating ideas about how to search for your own family. Particularly in this electronic age, it's a great insight into how research was conducted before the Internet. It will trigger research ideas for modern searches. After completion of the book, I felt like a member of the family."
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I just discovered a cool tool called Exploring Family Trees. This lets you see your family tree in an interesting way. It even shows what percentage of your autosomal DNA and X DNA would be expected to come from individual ancestors. Rather than send you there directly, I''m linking to the blog post where I learn about it. That will give you a nice overview.
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More than 50 cold cases of murder and rape have been solved in the past year by law enforcement use of the GEDmatch.com DNA database. Dangerous people have been locked up and victims and their families have found closure. Recently, this important tool was crippled when GEDmatch reversed course and opted out the 1.2 million users. Please join me in taking the following steps: 1. If you have not already done so, download your raw data from one of the DNA testing companies and upload it for free to GEDmatch Genesis. 2. Log into your account and click the pencil icon next to your name. Change your Access to Public, with Law Enforcement access. The reasons behind the change are complex yet understandable. For a clearly written summary of this situation read the following article.
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