Category Archives: mtDNA

FamilyTree DNA Sale Ends April 25, 2019

Updated April 19, 2019 to add photo below. When I checked FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) https://www.familytreedna.com/#/productCards for prices just now, they have finally started their DNA Day Sale, ends April 25, 2019. I checked after seeing the sale and noticed they sent … Continue reading

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YFull News Update April 11, 2019

I received an e-mail from YFull today: YFull Team offers a new service: analysis of mitoDNA FASTA files, showing matches, changing the tree and estimating an age of each subclade. Our MTree is based the last version of PhyloTree v17 … Continue reading

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Current April 2019 DNA Sales

Current January 2019 DNA sales, updated daily or every other day. Continue reading

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Why Y-DNA and mtDNA Are Useful for Genealogy

I often hear about Y-DNA and mtDNA being useless, or almost useless, for genealogical purposes. The main reason is simple – not many people have done deep Y-DNA or full mtDNA testing. While many have done Y-12 to Y-37 testing … Continue reading

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FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) Sale Ends March 31, 2019

I saw the FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) Sale – https://www.familytreedna.com/#/productCards (not an affiliate link – use the codes below during the order process if you use the FTDNA website) mentioned on several blogs, but the first one was https://genealogybargains.com/family-tree-dna-ggconf/. His blog includes … Continue reading

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Current March 2019 DNA Sales

Current January 2019 DNA sales, updated daily or every other day. Continue reading

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Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents

I had a couple of friends send me links on Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/fathers-can-pass-mitochondrial-dna-to-children-65165, https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/plot-twist-mitochondrial-dna-can-come-from-both-parents/, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dads-also-pass-mitochondrial-dna-contrary-long-standing-belief-180970940/,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE9WnROTSQs (YouTube video), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternal_mtDNA_transmission. In this section of the above Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternal_mtDNA_transmission#In_humans, it sounds like it isn’t … Continue reading

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Finding Your Bio People – Testing Companies – Part II — The ABC Blog

When I tested there were not as many “commercial” testing companies as there are now. There are “professional” labs that have done testing for years. With the launch of Ancestry.com autosomal DNA testing in 2012 testing for the average person … Continue reading

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23andMe The Story of Your DNA Book

In an unusual twist, I noticed my niece had tested with 23andMe. She’s the same niece that tested at AncestryDNA a while back. Her test had to be recent as she’s only on the middle of page 4 when I … Continue reading

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One little change — The Legal Genealogist

Enable us, Family Tree DNA! The furor over the unilateral decision of the genealogical DNA testing company Family Tree DNA to change its terms of service and open its customer database to law enforcement for use in criminal investigations comes … Continue reading

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