Just took the @23andMe Longevity Survey – http://bit.ly/8DYAKC @ tgoetz: http://bit.ly/4rkgsW – looking forward to get a fitbit; finally a scientific way to tell whether it really was a bad night’s sleep I would have guessed more – “Americans Consume 34GB of Content a Day” at Lifehacker – http://tinyurl.com/yl8y6hc I guess I should drive safer – RT @ ABAJournal: Lawyers Second Most Likely Professional to Be in a Car Crash http://bit.ly/4pzRlZ I use @ HootSuite to filter: #mhco @Rex7 – you must filter the firehose of social media. Listening to Martindale Connected social media webinar for lawyers – @ nikiblack speaking re: social media stats http://bit.ly/7Jyyxq #mhco RT @ genomicslawyer: Genes vs. environment and the role of genomic “dark matter” http://bit.ly/5TcsTl (HT @drjonboyg) (*consultant) RT @ genomicslawyer: Kevin Davies of @bioitworld has a nice review of the @PathwayGenomics DTC offering http://bit.ly/83J1vD Thank you very much for the Genea-Speak … Click to read more!
DAVIDE at the European Genetics and Anthropology Blog has an interesting post regarding 23andMeâ€™s Ancestry Painting, at â€œTaking a closer look at your inter-continental ancestry results at 23andMe.â€Â In the post, he describes how to â€œrummage through the Flash data behind the “Ancestry Painting” presentationâ€ to learn more about the SNPs involved an admixed Ancestry Painting.Â The post includes the incredibly simple directions:
First of all, you have to make sure you’ve got the free Firebug plug-in installed. Right click on the little bug in the lower-right corner of your browser window, and choose “Enable all panels”.Â Then left click the same bug icon, which should make a whole new section appear at the bottom of the screen.
Go to the “Ancestry Painting” page, and wait till it loads up your “Chromosome View”.Â Once it does, select “Response”, and you should get the following link in bold within your new section: POST https://www.23andme.com/you/fetchpaint.Â Click on it and the desired data should appear.
Hacking My Results:
Letâ€™s use the technique to look at my own results (as Iâ€™ve mentioned before, Iâ€™m not concerned about sharing my results publicly).Â Here is a snapshot of my Ancestry Painting:
And here are my results using the Firebug plug-in:
According to the Ancestry Painting (and now the Firebug results), I have Asian segments on chromosomes 2, 6, 10-13, and 17-19, with chromosome 6 … Click to read more!
Whit Athey has announced publication of the Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy.Â This is Whitâ€™s last issue as Editor, and Iâ€™d like to extend my sincere appreciation to him and all the work he has put into JoGG over the past 5 years.Â Every issue requires hours of work to coordinate reviews and format articles, among the many other aspects of publishing.Â Whitâ€™s tireless work has helped add so much to the field.
Iâ€™d also like to announce that with Whitâ€™s departure I will be assuming the position of Editor of JoGG.Â Iâ€™m excited about this endeavor, and I look forward to working with the members of JoGG as well as the authors of the most recent research in the field.Â So, if … Click to read more!
Familybuilder, launched in 2007, is a genealogy company that ranks among the top 10 online genealogy services in the world with over 17 million users and over 120 million family tree profiles.Â Late last year the company began offering a genetic genealogy product, as I wrote about here on the blog (see â€œFamilybuilder Announces DNA Testingâ€).
Disclosure: This is a review of Familybuilderâ€™s Y-DNA service using a kit I received free of charge for purposes of this review.Â Please note that this is not meant to be an endorsement but merely a review of the Y-DNA service offered by Familybuilder.
The results of a Familybuilder Y-DNA test includes:
â€œThe Migration Map for you and your ancestors, your 17 Markers, your Haplogroup and the History of your DNA.Â In addition, the ability to share your results with family and friends on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace as well as a downloadable PDF (suitable for framing).â€
I received the following kit in the mail for the Y-DNA testing, which included a swab, detailed instructions, and a return envelope:
Since I have already … Click to read more!
I’m a man who recently took a 23andMe test, and I have a question about Relative Finder. Another man who I match on 36 of 37 Y-DNA markers via Family Tree DNA also took a 23andMe test. We believe that we are third cousins, but this individual does not show up as related in Relative Finder, nor does he show any similarities in the Family Inheritance section. Does this mean that we are not related at all?
If two individuals do not share any DNA in the Family Inheritance section of 23andMe or do not appear as relatives in Relative Finder, this absolutely … Click to read more!
I’ve been playing with 23andMe’s Relative Finder this week, since it’s now in open beta. It’s been interesting hearing from 6th to 10th cousins from around the world, and we’re working to find ancestors in common. I’m looking forward to identifying – for the first time – a piece of autosomal DNA that came from a specific ancestor. While in the beta period, the number of relatives is limited to 1000 (I currently have 173 with only 5 in the 3rd to 7th cousin range), and you can only contact other people who have opted in for the beta test. So if you have a 23andMe account, please opt in to the beta test via the following instructions (kind provided by Ann Turner):1. Open the page https://www.23andme.com/user/profile/ and check the checkbox near “Name:” and click on the blue “Save … Click to read more!
Megan Smolenyak has been very busy the past couple of weeks sharing her research of Michelle Obama’s genealogy. Genealogy Insider posted this video of Megan on the CBS Early Show on October 8th. The YouTube video is described as: “The New York Times traced Michelle Obama’s five generation path from slavery to the White House. Harry Smith spoke to Megan Smoleyak the genealogist who uncovered the first lady’s family tree.” A much more in-depth video is available from the always interesting RootsTelevision at “Michelle Obama’s Roots.” Congratulations Megan, and great work! Posted via web from Blaine Bettinger’s Lifestream … Click to read more!
ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, has a â€œSuccess Storiesâ€ page where it posts short summaries of just a few the many successes that genetic genealogy has helped people achieve.Â Today I noticed that there are several new summaries regarding â€œAutosomal DNA Successes,â€ both of which were the result of 23andMeâ€™s new Relative Finder (currently still in beta testing).
As I recently wrote, Relative Finder is a feature at 23andMe that allows users to compare their autosomal DNA to the autosomal DNA of others to potentially find cousins.Â This has long been done with Y-DNA and mtDNA, but this is one of the first times this has been done with autosomal DNA.
Success Story #1
The first success story is … Click to read more!
In the May 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine, the editors will name the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.Â Last month many of my readers nominated this blog for the list, which I appreciate greatly!
As of today you can vote to narrow down the top 130 nominated blogs to about 80 blogs, which the editors will then reduce to 40.Â The blogs have been placed into 10 different categories.Â There is more information about the categories and blogs here.
If you have a moment, please feel free to vote for The Genetic Genealogist in the genetic genealogy category!Â Voting takes place from October 5th through November 5th, and you can vote as often as you like.Â Thank … Click to read more!