Ancestry 2018 Ethnicity Update

Thoughtful article and a excellent blog on Genealogy DNA.

DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy

When ethnicity estimates were first produced by vendors, they tended to resemble the wild west.

Today, results are becoming more refined and hopefully, more accurate as reference populations grow and become more reliable.

The Ancestry ethnicity update has been in beta for several months, but this week, Ancestry rolled out the ethnicity update for everyone.

Checking Your New Results

To see your updated results, sign on and click on the DNA Story to the left with Ethnicity Estimates.

Ancestry then explains that while your DNA doesn’t change, the estimates (pay attention to that word) do as the science improves.

Ethnicity Estimate Aren’t Precise

I’ve said this before, and I want to say it again. Ethnicity is the least precise and the least accurate of DNA tools for genetic genealogy. Ethnicity estimates are the most accurate at a continental level. Within continents, like Europe, Asia and Africa, there has been a…

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Ancestry 2018 Ethnicity Update

Genetic Genealogy Standards

I recently learned about a group of  individuals, including genealogists, genetic genealogists, and scientists, who have been working  to develop a draft of genetic genealogy standards. The document is intended to provide ethical and usage standards for the genealogical community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of DNA testing for ancestry.

Some of you may have known already but here is the link to the website and opportunity for you to download their draft document yourself.

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Genetic Genealogy Standards

Helped Client with Family Tree Maker software.

I have had four working sessions with a client to help manage and teach Family Tree Maker 2017. The client is going on a genealogy trip to Germany in less than a month. I think she is ready to display and use FTM to her advantage and in the field.

It was interesting to see what another people knows about FTM and also doesn’t understand in regards to basic principles of managing data. My years as a Database Manager and instructor skills came in handy for this client.

I hope for more work like this in future, as a to supplement my research client work now.

Exciting opportunities in the field of Genealogy.

Helped Client with Family Tree Maker software.

Oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation: Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters in Portage, WI. The log building was constructed in 1819 and overlooks the site where Louis Joliet and Father Marquette left the Fox River to portage to the Wisconsin River in 1673. It is the oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation. The building was used as a home for the Francois LeRoi family for their portage and fur trading businesses.

For more information about the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters go to: or their Facebook page

Oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation: Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters

Recent NY Times Article on Genetic Testing Sites

In the recent, Sunday Styles – New York Times (June 17, 2018) article, “Like Facebook, but Based on DNA”, talks about genetic result matches and how features of both 23andMe and AncestryDNA provide a way for connecting with others that do the same DNA test. This part of the article does make a valid point. But is it similar to Facebook?

Though the intent of the genetic companies, from my perspective, is not to be a social network but a scientific tool to find and learn more about how you “might” be related to another living person who is also trying to match or find others that share similar DNA. In other words how many centiMorgans (size of matching DNA segments in autosomal DNA tests) do you have in common?

An aspect that the article does not mention is how Genealogy is more than DNA matching. The article does show how some of the featured individuals do meet relatives they never knew existed or find parents that were unknown to them.

However as a working Genealogists, remember that DNA is one piece to family history searches. The other aspect is the “family story” with support documentation, sources, evidence finding, analysis and genealogical proof.

I support DNA use and have even done it myself but it does not always answer all the questions we have about who we are and where your origins might have begun in the Old World. Just remember that life events also make family stories interesting and explain how we connect.

As the article indicated, there are others who get a DNA test done simply to learn who they are ethnically and not to connect with others who seek them out, no matter how much we may want to meet or talk with them about how much DNA we share. We have to respect that others aren’t ready or have no interest in further pursuit with DNA.

Recent NY Times Article on Genetic Testing Sites