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Resources for Insights on DNA Ancestral Percentages

Many DNA testing laboratories are advertising ethnicity or ancestral population percentages for participants – but how are those figures calculated? Why are there such differences in the results from one company to another? This presentation provides insights on how these percentages are derived. Ancestral Percentages here meaning Biogeographical Ancestry (BGA) defined as an estimation of […]

Resources for DNA and Digitization in Irish Genealogy 2018

The online tools for making new genealogy discoveries about your ancestors from Ireland have increased radically in the past five years thanks to DNA sampling of modern Irish residents and digitization of surviving paper records. This presentation will provide an orientation on how you can use these new resources to make breakthroughs in researching your […]

Big Y-500 – Initial Review

Line Chart of TMRCA

On April 20, 2018, Family Tree DNA (formally Gene By Gene Ltd, aka FTDNA) announced the initial release of allele count values for 389 new STR markers (labeled as Panel 6) scored from Next-Gen sequencing data recorded on Big Y DNA existing orders. Going forward FTDNA states they will only sell Next-Gen sequencing of the […]

Resources for Don’t Discard the Y-STRs

Chart Diagram of Y-DNA Testing Price Value Comparison

Here is a list of references, resources, and additional information relating to the presentation for Don’t Discard the Y-STRs: Web Resources View the presentation slides online (PDF) (Updated 9 June 2017) Video Recording of live presentation available until 10 July 2017. Note that technical difficulties inhibited slide presentation.  Genetic Homeland Tools Join a DNA Mapping […]

Updated Resources for DNA vs Irish Annals

Link to the Presentation Slides Here is a list of references, resources, and additional information relating to the presentation for DNA vs. Irish Annals: John O’Donovan (1843) The Tribes and Customs of Hy-many, Commonly Called O’Kelly’s Country Google Books digitized copies of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland series for Fiant Litterae Patents […]

Updated Resources for Y-DNA of the British Monarchy

Link to the Presentation Slides. As times passes and some online sources are defunct but new information and testing also becomes available, provide this updated list of references and additional information on the subject of the Y-DNA of the British Monarchy and the genetic genealogy of European noble families in general.   Coble et al, […]

2016 Genetic Genealogist of the Year Award

It gives us great pleasure to publish the winner of the Surname DNA Journal 2016 Genetic Genealogist of the Year award as Katherine Borges of Salida, California.  Katherine is very well known and active in the genetic genealogy community as well as well as in her local political community.  She has also been a leading […]

2015 Genetic Genealogist of the Year Award

It gives us great pleasure to publish the winner of the Surname DNA Journal 2015 Genetic Genealogist of the Year award as Dr Maurice Gleeson MB of London, England.  Dr Gleeson contributed to the advancement of the field of Genetic Genealogy in numerous ways this past year. Dr Gleeson, the founder of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland […]

Surname DNA Journal – Jan 2015 News

Speaker Brad Larkin at the podium during genetic genealogy ireland 2014 conference in Dublin.

New Article English surnames: Plural Origins and Emigration By Dr. John S. Plant and Dr. Richard E. Plant Doctors John and Richard Plant have written a number of important papers on English surnames previously and bring their formidable skills to Surname DNA Journal with a multi-faceted comparison of the distribution of English surnames in modern England […]

2014 Genetic Genealogist of the Year Award

CeCe Moore receives Surname DNA Journal Award presented br Brad Larkin

The Surname DNA Journal award for Genetic Genealogist of the Year was presented today at the 10th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy  in Houston, Texas, USA.  This award recognizes genetic genealogists who have made an extremely valuable contribution to the field in the past year.   Nominees: This year’s other nominees have all made wonderful […]