Genealogy and DNA Articles

This page includes articles I've written - and a few of my favorites from others.


How to always get a discounted price on an AncestryDNA test

Ancestry always offers a $10 discount to anyone referred by someone already tested. Here's how to get that discount:
AncestryDNA Discount Price

How Much DNA Do You Share with Your AncestryDNA Matches?

Here's how to find out:
How Much DNA Do You Share with Your AncestryDNA Matches?

Using DNA Circles

Some tips on how to get the most out of your Ancestry DNA circles:
Using Ancestry DNA Circles

How to Share Your List of AncestryDNA Matches

When should you share your list of AncestryDNA Matches? What issues should you consider? How do you do it?
How to Share Your List of AncestryDNA Matches

How to Transfer your AncestryDNA Results to GEDmatch

Transfering your AncestryDNA results to GEDmatch is free; it allows you (and family members) to compare results against people tested at other companies. Also, GEDmatch, unlike AncestryDNA, provides a chromosome browser that allows experts to compare how (not just if) you match to relatives.
How to transfer AncestryDNA results to GEDmatch

Genetic Genealogy

Shared CM Project

How much DNA do any two relatives typically share? Includes a downloadable spreadsheet.
Shared CM Project

Case Study: Four Siblings

My father and all three of his siblings have taken the AncestryDNA test - and each test has added a tremendous amount of new data. Unless both of their parents have tested, encourage every sibling and cousin to test.
Cast Study: Four Siblings

Case Study: Two Parents and One Child

In real life, all of a child's autosomal DNA comes from one parent or the other. DNA testing, however, isn't an exact science - especially when comparing small-segment matches. This case study presents an analysis of my DNA matches compared to those of my parents.
Case Study: Parent and Child Matches

Further Reading

Here are just a few of the many great blogs and sites available. Most of the bloggers also sell their services and/or recommend commercial products, but they appear to provide unbiased information and opinions.


Are we related?

Here are the GEDmatch Kit #s for my father and mother:

GI: A909282
CL: A216073

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