New TechZone Video - Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different? by Mags Gaulden

New TechZone Video - Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different? by Mags Gaulden

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different?" by Mags Gaulden. 

Why are My Siblings' Ethnicity Results Different?

Learn about inheritance of DNA to explain why your dna results are different from your siblings.

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About the Presenter

Mags GauldenMags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a "hobby". This 30-year "hobby" eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.
 
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LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger now online for limited time

LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy - free webinar by Blaine Bettinger now online for limited time

The recording of Wednesday's webinar, "LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

In addition to company tools and traditional third-party tools, genetic genealogists find themselves adapting tools to help achieve their research goals. For example, LucidChart is a charting tool that allows genealogists to create dynamic family tree diagrams. We will examine this and other tools genetic genealogists can use in their daily research.
 
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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour and 32 minute recording of "LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy " is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,183 classes, 1,432 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,867 pages)
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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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New TechZone Video - DNA Testing and Chemotherapy? by Blaine Bettinger

New TechZone Video - DNA Testing and Chemotherapy? by Blaine Bettinger

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "DNA Testing and Chemotherapy?" by Blaine Bettinger. 

DNA Testing and Chemotherapy?

Can you take a DNA test while undergoing chemotherapy treatment? This video explains everything you need to know.

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About the Presenter

Blaine BettingerBlaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in NewsweekNew ScientistWired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

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  • All 1,170 classes in the library (1,418 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,756 pages of instructors' handouts
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FamilyTreeWebinars.com adds Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference videos

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars and MyHeritage are delighted to announce the addition of fifteen Genetic Genealogy Ireland (GGI) 2019 presentations to the Legacy webinar library. The classes, recorded live during in the 2019 Belfast and Dublin conferences, include presentations by top international genetic genealogists on the latest developments in genetic genealogy with a special focus on their application to Irish genealogy. 

The presentations include:

  1. Using GenomeMate Pro & Other Tools by Michelle Leonard
  2. Irish Genealogies & DNA: Back into the Mythological Past by Bart Jaski
  3. Exploring new Y-DNA Horizons with Big Y-700 by Iaian McDonald
  4. Irish Genealogy Down Under by Michelle Patient
  5. The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees by Dolores Quinlan
  6. Canadian Casualty Identification Program - Using Databases to Connect Families to their Lost Soldiers by Mags Gaulden
  7. An Irish-Ukrainian Case Study by Regina Negrycz
  8. Did the Irish Bring Rare mtDNA to Newfoundland? by David Pike
  9. The Tools at DNAgedcom & Genetic.Family by Rob Warthen & John Collins
  10. Managing Your DNA Matches by Donna Rutherford
  11. DNA Successes of a non-DNA Expert by Alan Rosborough
  12. Using Y-DNA Testing to Investigate Ulster and Scottish Surnames by John Cleary
  13. DNA Testing for Complete Beginners by Debbie Kennett
  14. Why Testing at Ancestry is Not Enough by Martin McDowell
  15. Do You Have the DNA of a Scottish Clan? by Alasdair Macdonald

The Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2020 presentations will also be added to the Legacy Family Tree Webinars library after their completion.

The annual Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference, hosted by Maurice Gleeson, has been running since 2013 in Dublin. It consists of 2-3 days of DNA Lectures from leading genetic genealogists in Ireland, the UK and Worldwide. In 2018, a second DNA Lecture series was started in Belfast. 

How to access

Access to the classes is included at no additional charge for those with a webinar membership. Visit https://familytreewebinars.com/ggi and login to view. For more information about webinar membership, or to join, click here.

Webinar Memberships

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,169 classes, 1,418 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,756 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
  • Ability to view which webinars you are registered for
  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

  • Annual membership: $49.95/year

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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MyHeritageDNA for Your Family Knot - free webinar by Jennifer Dondero now online

MyHeritageDNA for Your Family Knot - free webinar by Jennifer Dondero now online

The recording of today's webinar, "MyHeritageDNA for Your Family Knot” by Jennifer Dondero, is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

Webinar Description

If you have a lot of ancestors that married within the same group — but you're not an endogamous population — you can still have issues using DNA for genealogy. MyHeritageDNA has some of the best in-house tools for dealing with this, but you have to recognize the situation first.
 
View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 30 minute recording of "MyHeritageDNA for Your Family Knot" is now available to view in our webinar library for free. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,138 classes, 1,389 hours of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 4,688 pages)
  • On-demand access to the live webinars' chat logs
  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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  • Use of the playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

Introductory pricing:

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Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

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New TechZone Video - What are DNA Outliers? by Michelle Leonard

New TechZone Video - What are DNA Outliers? by Michelle Leonard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "What are DNA Outliers?" by Michelle Leonard. 

What are DNA Outliers?

Discover what DNA outliers are and why it's important to determine whether they are really outliers or a mistake in the paper trail.

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About the Presenter

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, genetic genealogist, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy business, Genes & Michelle LeonardGenealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work solving adoption and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries with the use of DNA testing.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, creating bespoke family history books. article and blog writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars and speaking engagements. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events such as Who Do You Think You Are? Live and Back To Our Past and is a co-author of "Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians" to be released in summer 2019.

Additionally Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of ancestryhour.co.uk and is one of the hosts of the hour itself: #AncestryHour takes place on Twitter each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm GMT and Michelle is usually on hand to answer any #DNA queries that arise. She also spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She regularly works on new historic soldier cases when battlefield remains are found and DNA testing is conducted.

Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN), the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). You can find out more about Michelle on her Genes & Genealogy Facebook page and you can follow her on Twitter.

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  • All 1,131 classes in the library (1,382 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 4,681 pages of instructors' handouts
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How to create your XDNA chart using Legacy Family Tree software

It's being called "the best DNA webinar yet", and "maybe the best webinar ever." One viewer said, "I have taken week-long DNA courses and listened to countless DNA lectures. No lecturer has ever demystified X-DNA." The webinar, and the topic that everyone is talking about, is this week's live webinar by Debra Renard:

Which Spot Does X Mark, Anyway? X-DNA Testing in Action

Because X-DNA isn't a stand-alone test, it's an overlooked research tool and even confused with mtDNA and autosomal DNA. As Debra illustrated, looking at the X really can solve unknown parentage mysteries. Watch the webinar here.

What turned on the DNA light bulb for me were the inheritance charts she showed. It helped so much to see how the XDNA is passed to descendants, thus helping the researcher narrow down potential relationships of DNA matches.

Even more helpful is the fact that the Legacy Family Tree software has the XDNA relationships built in to its charts. Here's how to see your XDNA chart.

1. In Legacy, click on the Legacy Charting button in MyToolbar.

2. Choose one of the ancestor charts like the Upward or the Half Fan.

3. On the Appearance tab, click on the Color button. Change the theme to DNA X Chromosome.

Here's what my Half Fan chart looks like with this theme selected:

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The chart makes it simple to visualize which relationships in my tree could account for an XDNA match.

Here's my wife's Half Fan chart:

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If I found an XDNA match, the chart helps me know that the match could not be on my paternal side of the tree, and shows which part of the tree it could have come from. If my wife found an XDNA match, the possibilities are pretty different.

So...if XDNA is new(er) to you, check out both the webinar and your Legacy software.


New "Member Friday" Webinar - Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr. by Ugo Perego, PhD

New "Member Friday" Webinar - Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr. by Ugo Perego, PhD

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy "Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism" by Ugo Perego, PhD. 

Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism

This is a review of nearly 20 years of research work about Joseph Smith Jr. and his family using DNA tools. This case study is also helpful to see DNA in action and how it
can be applied to anyone's own personal family history research. It includes Y chromosome testing to trace both the origin of this particular Smith family and issues regarding alleged posterity; mitochondrial DNA to learn about their ancient maternal origins; and a unique, more than 180 years old paternity case using autosomal DNA.

Famous DNA: Looking into the genetic history of Joseph Smith Jr. by Ugo Perego, PhD


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About the Presenter

Ugo Perego PhDDr. Ugo A. Perego is the owner of the Genetic Genealogy Consultant services, which specializes in helping genealogists with all their DNA needs. He is also a visiting scientist affiliated with the DNA laboratory of Professors Alessandro Achilli and Antonio Torroni at the University of Pavia in Italy, working on human population genetics. He has previously worked for more than a decade as a senior researcher with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and GeneTree.com both based in Utah. Ugo earned a BSc and an MSc in Health Sciences at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) and a PhD in Genetic and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy. Ugo has contributed numerous lectures and publications on DNA and its applications to population genetics, genealogy, ancestry, forensics, and history. With his family he currently resides in Rome, Italy.

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  • All 1,056 classes in the library (1,337 hours of quality genealogy education)
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Announcing an Update to the Theory of Family Relativity™

I just received this from MyHeritage about an update to the Theory of Family Relativity. Indeed, it is good news.

I have great news — we’ve just refreshed all the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™!

With this exciting update, you’ll get new and updated theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches may be related. This much-anticipated update may provide you with answers about relationships that have baffled you, as well as offer new insights about your ancestors and family relationships.

Theory

The Theory of Family Relativity™ scans billions of family tree profiles and historical records to craft detailed theories of how DNA Matches on MyHeritage may be related to each other. Since launching the feature in February, our DNA database has grown significantly, the number of family trees on MyHeritage has reached 45 million, existing trees have grown, and more historical records have been added to SuperSearch™.

A new notification system has been created to update MyHeritage users about new theories as they are discovered, one theory at a time. This email will be sent periodically, as of this week.

We hope that MyHeritage DNA users will enjoy the current update, which has more than doubled the number of theories available.

Read more about this update and some key facts and figures in the blog post.


DNA Spotlight: The Shared cM Project

When you get your DNA results, the DNA company tries to give you a sense of how you are connected to your matches. They will identify each relationship as parent, close family, sibling, second cousin, third cousin, fourth cousin, distant cousin, etc.

On MyHeritage it looks like this:

MyHeritage DNA Match

 

On Ancestry it looks like this:

Ancestry DNA Match

It's important to understand that the relationship provided is just an estimate. There are actually a number of possible ways you could be related to any given DNA match.

Now take a look at those same images and notice that next to or underneath the relationship you see a number and the initials cM. cM stands for centiMorgans which is the unit of measurement for DNA. The more cM you share with a DNA match the more closely related you are. The less cM you share, the more distant your relationship.

The Shared cM Project

In order to understand better all the possible relationships you have with a DNA match, genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger came up with a data driven tool called the Shared cM Project. Blaine asked DNA test takers to provide the amount of cM they shared with known relationships. From this he was able to create charts that showed the various possible relationships through the range and averages of centiMorgans.

From the data, Blaine produced the Shared cM Project chart below. In each box the first line is the relationship, the second line is the average cM for that relationship and the third line is the range he has determined based on the data.

So if we take the example above - 2nd-3rd cousin, 276 cM - we would look for the box where the average is closest to 276 cM. You'll notice that there are three boxes that are pretty close: Half 1C1R (226 cM), 1C2R (229 cM) and 2C (233 cM). If you look beyond the averages to the ranges you'll notice that there are even more possibilities. This is just to show that your actual relationship to your DNA match could be any of a number of possibilities besides what the DNA company estimates for you. In this particular case, I know the cousin personally and I am accurately able to identify her as my second cousin and not a third cousin or any of the other choices.

Blaine Bettinger, The Shared cM Project, https://thegeneticgenealogist.com
Blaine Bettinger, The Shared cM Project, https://thegeneticgenealogist.com
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Interactive Shared cM Project on DNA Painter

Recently Jonny Perl, the creator of DNA Painter presented a webinar about DNA Painter on Legacy Family Tree Webinars (which is free to watch). Jonny has transformed Blaine's chart into an interactive tool on DNA Painter.

Let's see how it works with two new DNA matches I received just today.

From the main DNA Painter home page choose the Tools menu option.

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On the next page choose the Shared CM Tool option:

CM-DNAPainter2Next put the amount of cM your share with your DNA in the Filter box.

CM-DNAPainter3For this exercise I will use my two brand new dna matches.

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For the first new cousin I get this result:

CM-DNAPainter4You can see there are a lot of possibilities for this relationship! In fact, this cousin I know personally. She and I are Half first cousins once removed (Half 1C1R). That result was in the second tier of options. It's important not to make assumptions when working with unknown matches.

The second new match of the day was also described as a 3rd-4th cousin.

CM-DNAPainter5It's interesting to see how much the results change just by changing the cM a bit. The results are quite different even though they were both presented in the same 3rd-4th cousin range. This person is unknown to me. I will have to compare our shared matches and do some research to determine which of the above relationships is accurate. It's intriguing and I can't wait to uncover this new cousin.

Both the Shared cM Project chart and DNA Painter are free to use.  These tools will greatly help you in your genetic genealogy research. Give them a try.

You can learn more about understanding your DNA results from classes in the Legacy library. If you are just starting out with DNA take a look at Blaine Bettinger's Foundations of DNA series. If you're already pretty comfortable with DNA then choose from among the 74 DNA classes in the library.

 

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Online Education Producer for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She hosts the monthly evening webinar on the second Tuesday of each month.  Her areas of expertise include house history research and southern New England research. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.