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@KathleenBrandt | 75 Articles | 1 Magazine | 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.

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 …


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

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 …

X Chromosome

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 …

John Doe

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 …

Native Americans

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 impossible to distinguish their DNA. It's claimed that a new test can do it quickly and affordably, however - and this could help police solve a number of …

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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Dear Reader:

For this week’s column I decided to address a topic that comes up frequently in your questions: finding genetic …


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.

Mythbusting - Women, Fathers and DNA

I’m sometimes amazed at what people believe – and not just a few people – but a lot of people.

Recently, I ran across a situation where someone was …

DNA News of the Week: Solving Problems With Segments

I had not been able to finish watching the last half hour of the Jamboree Webinar I purchased until last week. For some reason (maybe the fact I use …

Patterns of Admixture and Population Structure in Native Populations of Northwest North America


The initial contact of European populations with indigenous populations of the Americas produced diverse admixture processes across North, …

Pacific Northwest

Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes

Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing …

Melungeon DNA Study Reveals Ancestry, Upsets 'A Whole Lot Of People'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.

Now a …