Kathleen Brandt

1 Magazine | 86 Articles | 81 Followers | @KathleenBrandt | You can see Kathleen Brandt's work on TLC and NBC: Who Do You Think You Are with Tim McGraw (appears on episode), Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd and Chris O'Donnell; on PBS: Finding Your Roots; CCTV Biz Asia; and, in AARP and Jet Magazine. She's a celebrated Keynote Speaker: Ask about the You Are A Pioneer series as presented at Stephens College, Columbia, MO, Feb 2014.

All you want for Christmas...

…is a DNA test kit

So… if that’s you this year, if what you really want for Christmas is a DNA test kit … which one do you get?

If The Legal Genealogist

Mitochondrial DNA Test (mtDNA)

Common uses for the mtDNA Sequencing Test:

1. To supplement the results a relationship test, such as a sibling test, grandmother test, aunt test, or

Mitochondrial dna testing

Mitochondrial dna testing: an introduction

What is mitochondrial dna? How is mitochondrial dna used?.

Mitochondrial dna testing, usually abbreviated to …

DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia's African-Americans

TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of …


7 Things You Should Know About The Future Of Your Genetic Data

"As new technologies come out in health care, it's really important for everyone that there's transparency."

Over the last decade, more than a million people have spit in a vial, sent it to 23andMe and received a report on what their personal genetic information says about them. In the decade to …

Big Ideas

mtDNA or Who’s Your Mommy? Part 2 by Emily D. Aulicino

Are you adopted and searching for your ancestors? Are you are trying to find an adopted mother’s bio­logical family line?

If you have one of these …

Is Every Stranger Your Cousin?

According to a demographic analysis by genealogy site AncestryDNA, the average Brit has 193,000 living cousins - enough to fill Wembley Stadium …


Y-DNA or Who’s My Daddy?

By Emily Aulicino

In the past I have posted information about the various tests on this blog. However, when I was approached my my local genealogical …

Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, and Measure Ethnic Ancestry through DNA Testing Kindle Edition

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on …

The Shared cM Project – An Update

As you might recall, a few months ago I sent out a call (“Collecting Sharing Information for Known Relationships“) for information about the amount …


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The Interconnectedness of the Human Family

I am taking part in the DNA test from Ancestry because it is going to be super exciting just to find out my ethnicity. Is there anything I can do that would help me locate possible living relatives? Thanks for your time! --Thomas

Dear Thomas,

It used to be that the only way to find long-lost …


Introducing a Breakthrough in DNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2015 in AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA is turning family history inside out with our latest innovation in DNA science and …

How Do DNA Segments Get Smaller?

Many genetic genealogists, myself included, often talk about DNA segments getting “broken up” or “broken down” as they are passed from one generation …


DNA Successes for Genealogists

source: Will Lorton (public domain)

Genealogy and Genetics - Adoption to New Zealand

In 2014 the a3Genealogy team saw DNA requests increase by 175%. …

Judy G. Russell

What Else Can I Do With My DNA Test Results?

In addition to the information you received from 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or AncestryDNA about your ancestry, there is a wealth of additional …


Chromosome Mapping Tool Released

The DNA segment chromosome mapping tool is now released for all to try. This is the current URL:

and the documentation is here:

Thanks to all the …

Chromosome Browser War

There has been a lot of discussion lately, and I mean REALLY a lot, about chromosome browsers, the need or lack thereof, why, and what the …

Getting Started with Genome Mate using 23andMe Data

Genome Mate is a desktop tool used to organize in one place the data collected while researching DNA comparisons. Besides data storage it has many …

What Can the X Chromosome Tell Us About the Importance of Small Segments? by Kathy Johnston

The current technology for personal DNA testing shows us the pair of values (A,T, G or C) from each of our parents at every tested position on a …

What does shared X DNA really mean?

Since familytreeDNA added X chromosome matching to their family finder, all my favorite bloggers have been writing about how to use it. There is a …

X chromosome

A new approach to problem solving is to appeal to social media. So here is my request to “crowd” collect statistics about X chromosome matches. If …

Finding Genetic Cousins – Separating Fact from Fiction

Short Summary: Before the end of the year, AncestryDNA plans to update our match lists using a new algorithm that reduces the number of false …

Small Matching Segments – Friend or Foe?

There has been a great deal of conversation in the genetic genealogy community over the past couple of weeks about the use of “small” segments of …

Native American Mitochondrial Haplogroups

Today, what I’m sharing with you are my research notes. If you follow my blogs, you’ll know that I have a fundamental, lifelong interest in Native …

Twin DNA test: Why identical criminals may no longer be safe

It's well known that identical twins are not totally identical - they can, usually, be told apart, after all. But up to now it has been almost


The New Root - Haplogroup A00

Now that things have calmed down a bit from the whirlwind of the Family Tree DNA Conference, I’d like to write in a little more comprehensive and …

20 Do's and Don'ts of DNA

I have a prediction! 2015 is going to be a phenomenal year for everyone who partakes in genetic genealogy. The interest in genealogy has really …

Why Many African Americans Should Do the Genetic DNA Testing

My great-great-grandparents, Hector Davis & Lucy Milam Davis of Panola County, Mississippi

Since I started researching my family history in 1993, I …