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@KathleenBrandt | 1 Magazine | 81 Articles | 80 Followers | 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.

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

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Are you adopted and searching for your ancestors? Are you are trying to find an …

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

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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 …


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

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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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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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 …


How Much DNA Do Distant Cousins Actually Share?

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Maurice Gleeson - Which DNA test is best for you?

Telling Stories with Autosomal DNA | Finding Your Roots

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore For last week’s episode, the “Finding Your Roots” team researched the families of …

Autosomal DNA: Hints from Our Ancestors | Finding Your Roots

by Finding Your Roots Genetic Genealogy Consultant, CeCe Moore Last week’s episode featuring Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King and Rebecca Lobo concluded …

Finding Fathers: Decoding the Y-Chromosome | Finding Your Roots

CeCe Moore, Season Two's genetic genealogist reflects on her experience behind the scenes of Episode One: In Search of Our Fathers.