Holiday Sales have started
Every year most of the companies have sales during Thanksgiving week. 23andMe started theirs early, an incredible sale where you can get two kits for the price of one ($49 each) or just one kit for $69.
There are many things to like about 23andme, getting your haplogroups, receiving some health results, and learning your ethnicity by chromosome location as well as a more accurate ancestry overview than the other main companies (but not necessarily better than LivingDNA, see below). The down side is they have moved to the new illumina chip which is not very compatible with the other companies, see Debbie Kennet’s discussion of the new chip:
Those of British descent will prefer to do a LivingDNA test on sale at half their usual price, now comparable to the others at $99. What this test provides is an accurate breakdown of your ancestors’ locations within the British Isles, as well as your haplogroups which provide your deep maternal ancestry (as well as paternal for men).
LivingDNA announced their Holiday sale for Halloween but it appears to still be on. They are also now taking uploads of DNA results from other companies, but will have no resulting reports until August 2018. Additionally they are looking for people to test with four grandparents born within 50 miles of each other from specific countries.
UPDATE 6 Nov 2017: MyHeritage also just started a great holiday sale = 40% off until November 23 so only $59 for a DNA kit!
Family Tree DNA has a sale on the unlock of DNA results uploaded from elsewhere. Roberta’s blog covers this as well as a fix to the problems with ancestry DNA uploads. I can vouch for the latter, my newly found 3rd cousin used the fix successfully. https://dna-explained.com/2017/10/27/ftdna-unlock-sale-upload-fix-triangulation/
AncestryDNA has reached 6 million testers!
There are also important changes to understand so please read Debbie Kennet’s report:
Randy Seaver has done an excellent post on the changes to the ethnicity presentation at Ancestry: http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/11/ancestrydna-modified-dna-story-section.html
Soon I will have to do one for my family.
There is a new triangulation tool for Family Tree DNA results
Here is Roberta Estes’ report: https://dna-explained.com/2017/10/21/introducing-the-triangulator/
and Rebekah Canada has some detailed tutorials: http://haplogroup.org/using-goran-runfeldts-family-finder-segment-triangulator-chrome-extension/
Personally I am dubious as I do not see how you can get true triangulation unless you can compare all three people which Family Tree DNA does not let you do. Several of my lines are endogamous, so the in common with (ICW) matrix is useless for me and cannot be used to triangulate.
For true triangulation I use the Double Match Triangulator which works beautifully. It requires that your match send you their chromosome browser results file, a CSV downloaded from the chromosome browser page that has all your segment matches. A post on the DMT tool is another item on my pending blogs list and I will evaluate this other triangulator then too.
The DNA matching at MyHeritage is much improved
See their blog post about the new match review features:
and this one about ethnicity
New Relationship Calculator
There is an extremely easy to use new relationship calculator based on Blaine’s charts at the DNApainter site: https://dnapainter.com/tools/sharedcm
While it may not use as many parameters as the DNAadoption calculator, it is much more intuitive. DNApainter also has a chromosome mapping tool. If no one else does a blog comparing it to my mapping tools, I suppose I will (Rebekah? Roberta?).
GEDmatch has a new feature, you can now look at a single chromosome in the Tier 1 “Matching Segment Search” function. They also have a second site for the companies using the new chip, LivingDNA and 23andme called Genesis. You can upload your other kits there as well for comparison.
In the yearly genealogy rockstar voting, John D. Reid has done away with the category genetic genealogy because it turns out over half of the voting USA genealogists considered themselves genetic genealogists! Thank you all for voting me into the top ten again this year.
And that’s my round up of genetic genealogy news, some of which I hope to blog about more extensively soon, after I catch up on my gardening …
UPDATE 5 Nov 2017: No sooner had I written this post than I heard about another great new tool, a chrome addon called Pedigree Thief that will collect ancestry tree data into an ahnentafel list: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pedigree-thief/hdgjlfchbpojdocjlldfikeddamdcbhn and of course once you have an ahnentafel, you can make a gedcom from it with my tool: http://blog.kittycooper.com/2016/10/text-to-gedcom-using-ahnen2ged/