Category Archives: FamilyTree DNA

DNA Testing the Recently Deceased — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

No one really want to think about this, but it happens. You’ve always meant to DNA test someone, and they’ve agreed, but either you didn’t order the kit, or the kit is far away from where they passed away. What … Continue reading

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Big Y-700: The Forefront of Y Chromosome Testing – FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) June 7, 2019

I saw this earlier today on FamilyTree DNA’s (FTDNA) blog – Big Y-700: The Forefront of Y Chromosome Testing – https://blog.familytreedna.com/human-y-chromosome-testing-milestones/. Disclaimer: I have tested Big Y, but only to Big Y-500 as that was available when I tested back … Continue reading

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William Tully Brown, USMC Navajo Code Talker, Passes Over — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

USMC Veteran, William Tully Brown, Navajo Code Talker, wearing his uniform for the last time when he swabbed to provide his DNA for posterity. What a legacy this man leaves, literally from the beginning of his life to the very … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Ancestral Origins – FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA)

I didn’t notice this yesterday when I checked their blog, https://blog.familytreedna.com/, but I saw it today even though it’s dated May 10, 2019 – Understanding Your Ancestral Origins – FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA): https://blog.familytreedna.com/understanding-your-ancestral-origins/. Of all required academic literature in grade … Continue reading

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The choice that really isn’t — The Legal Genealogist

GEDmatch opt out is an illusion Dealing with privacy issues when it comes to DNA databases created for genealogical purposes is like trying to nail jello to a tree. 1,072 more words via The choice that really isn’t — The Legal … Continue reading

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GEDmatch reverses course — The Legal Genealogist

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their … Continue reading

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GEDmatch Updates Terms of Service – May 18, 2019

UPDATED May 21, 2019 – a key thing I missed when I was reading the Terms of Service (TOS) for GEDmatch was the option to opt-out which is the default option if you go with Option 1. This is what … Continue reading

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My Take on FamilyTree DNA and GEDmatch Law Enforcement Policies

Standard Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of … Continue reading

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Block Tree Big-Y FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA)

When I logged into FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) today, I noticed an item marked as New – Block Tree Big Y. It looks like New means they updated it in some way – see My Big Y Block Tree Update on … Continue reading

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FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) Mother’s Day Sale 2019

Updated several times May 8, 2019: noticed sale end date is May 13, 2019*, *Mother’s Day Sale ends May 13, 2019. Sale end date is subject to change. noticed I had missed the e-mail yesterday from FTDNA showing the end date; … Continue reading

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