Genetic genealogy tools

AncestryDNA Sideview Assigns Matches to Mom or Dad

AncestryDNA Sideview Assigns Matches to Mom or Dad

AncestryDNA Sideview now assigns matches to your parents' families! This new feature helps answer one of the most frequently asked questions: “Which DNA matches are from my father vs my mother?” Mom’s side, dad’s side? Wonder no more. AncestryDNA announced its SideView™ technology only five months...

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How to Use Lucidchart | DNA & Genealogy

How to Use Lucidchart | DNA & Genealogy

How to use Lucidchart for DNA & genealogy? Here's a peek at how we use this online tool for creating descendancy charts and other family trees. I'm often asked what I use to create the beautiful, clear diagrams and charts in my DNA presentations and client reports. The answer is Lucidchart! I...

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AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter | Dig Deeper into DNA Ethnicity

AncestryDNA Chromosome Painter | Dig Deeper into DNA Ethnicity

Have you explored the AncestryDNA chromosome painter? This exciting new interactive feature, companion to their Ethnicity Inheritance feature and similarly fueled by AncestryDNA’s SideView™ technology, assigns your DNA ethnicity estimates from each parent to specific chromosomes. AncestryDNA has...

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The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation | DNA History

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation | DNA History

What was the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation? It made DNA history by starting a pioneering genetic genealogy database. The SMGF is also part of OUR history. Enjoy these memories and pictures from the exciting, early days of using DNA to explore family history!

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MyHeritage DNA Advanced Tools: Worth $29 Unlock Fee?

MyHeritage DNA Advanced Tools: Worth $29 Unlock Fee?

Access to MyHeritage DNA advanced DNA tools requires a $29 unlock fee for those who transfer their DNA. What are those advanced DNA tools? Are they worth it? Do you have to pay the fee for each test you upload? We have answers. Many of you have transferred your DNA from another testing company...

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How to Join a Y DNA Surname Project

How to Join a Y DNA Surname Project

There are many reasons to join a Y DNA surname project (or start one!). As you build your family tree, a YDNA surname project can help you explore questions about paternity and distinguish between various branches of a family. Here’s how to join a surname project.

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DNA and WikiTree for Adoptees

DNA and WikiTree for Adoptees

Here’s how adoptees and others searching for birth families can use both DNA testing and the free WikiTree genealogy website to help reconstruct their biological family trees.

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Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to identify potential DNA matches—genetic cousins. This variation on targeted testing can help you explore whether you’re related to a specific ancestor.

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Shared cM Project Histograms on DNA Painter

Shared cM Project Histograms on DNA Painter

The Shared cM Project now shows your DNA match relationship possibilities in an easy-to-understand chart (a histogram) on the DNA Painter website. Here’s how it can help you build your genetic family tree—and a caution about TWO types of data in the DNA Painter tool.

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Connect Your Family Tree to 23andMe

Connect Your Family Tree to 23andMe

23andMe users: Link your family tree to your DNA test results to get the most out of your 23andMe experience. This works for your online trees at Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and more!

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Big Y DNA Test: When To Use It

Big Y DNA Test: When To Use It

Family Tree DNA’s Big Y DNA test can help you distinguish fine shades of relationship on the paternal side of your family tree using YDNA. What is Big Y, and when is it worth taking?

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4 Types of DNA Projects Worth Joining

4 Types of DNA Projects Worth Joining

Various kinds of DNA projects may tell you about your origins by comparing your DNA to others like you. Consider joining haplogroup, surname, location-based, and autosomal DNA projects to see how they may help you with your genetic genealogy questions.

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