Haplogroup L7 is the newest mtDNA haplogroup! Here are some quick facts about haplogroup L7 and a reminder of what mtDNA haplogroups are all about. Before we talk about this exciting new mtDNA haplogroup, let's give the somewhat-neglected mtDNA a little love. Did you know that mtDNA is responsible...
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Viking DNA percentages? They're the newest option at Living DNA testing company. Here's what they're all about. DNA testing company Living DNA has launched a new option: a Viking Index. This feature is based on the ancient DNA results from 446 Vikings excavated from locations all across...
AncestryDNA Sideview™ now estimates your parents’ ethnicity regions–without them even taking a test! They can do this because of the massive size of their database and the use of phasing. What is phasing? Here’s a quick, easy explanation of this exciting technology.
Chromosome painting helps you see your ancestral locations in an appealing new way. Here’s how to use chromosome painters at 23andMe and Family Tree DNA.
FTDNA updates! Y DNA and autosomal (Family Finder) customer experience have both had an overhaul. Here’s a quick summary of changes and what to do next on the new FTDNA website with your YDNA and autosomal results.
AncestryDNA Genetic Communities are growing again! Read about why we’re ESPECIALLY excited to see these new communities for the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Western Asia and Eastern Africa.
Breaking news! MyHeritage DNA ethnicity updates reveal locations in which your ancestors lived within the past 400 years—based on their genetic migratory clusters. Here’s why that’s more powerful than before.
Family Tree DNA has (finally!) updated its ethnicity estimates from 24 to 90 categories for its Family Finder autosomal customers. Here’s what you should know about MyOrigins 3.0.
Living DNA’s Family Networks (DNA matches experience) is progressing. Here’s how to opt in to DNA matching and what you’ll see when you do.
AncestryDNA shared matches have changed since they dropped smallest shared segments (below 8cM) and refined the matching algorithm. Here’s what I see and 2 things you can do about the changes.
AncestryDNA now reports longest shared segment with DNA matches—yay! There’s some confusion about longest shared segment v. total shared DNA. Here’s how their Timber algorithm affects these, and why it’s good for your family tree.
A veteran in the genetic genealogy industry looks back at the history of DNA testing for family history–and to the future: the reconstruction of the entire human family tree.
AncestryDNA has exciting updates coming for your DNA matches experience. Here’s what’s happening and what to do now to prepare for it.
DNA Painter’s Jonny Perl has added a new feature for exploring traits and medical SNPs on his chromosome mapping tool. Explore which ancestors contributed what to your genetic makeup!
In case you missed the news before the holidays, GEDmatch was recently bought by forensics company Verogen. Here’s why this matters to the DNA testing world, whether you use GEDmatch or not.