Social Media? – NO, I'm more of the "antisocial media" type myself, so it's surprising I even came across it. Instead of Tweeting my inane goings-on to cyberspace, or spending hours each week on Facebook or the like, I spend an inordinate amount of time working on DNA matches for genetic genealogy! I came across DonorChildren.com via a posting by their Admin on Family Tree DNA Forums and he indicated "We refer our members to FTDNA" – I incorrectly assumed that this was some sort of exclusive recommendation for Family Tree DNA until I read an identical posting except for "We refer our members to 23andme"!! I'm happy to recommend both Family Tree DNA and 23andMe as well. I've been tested at both companies and my parents are in the process of being tested at both of them too (only because I bought their kits and they know how much I'm dying to get my hands on their DNA results). But see below for the new webpage I've added with my recommendations for which company to use if you don't live in the USA.
From one quick Google search:
UPDATE (8 January 2014)
- An excellent webinar by Elise Friedman: Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 1: Y-DNA, which I expect will be appearing Here as a FREE webinar, just like Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA (also free). I'll post an update if this link here is incorrect. You will have to register, but there is no charge.
- One Chromosome, Two Sides, No Zipper – ICW and the Matrix – a really key blog posting by Roberta Estes for those who have had the Family Finder test (autosomal DNA) at Family Tree DNA, explaining how amazingly useful the new Matrix tool and the ICW (In Common With) tool are and how to use them. A MUST READ – thanks, Roberta.
Using AncestryDNA: Steps to Success – a blog posting by Shannon Christmas explaining how to use free third-party tools (Chrome extension from Jeff Snavely and the wonderful website GEDmatch) to get over the fact that AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser.
What's New on GenealogyJunkie.net?
- Family Tree URL, GEDmatch Numbers & DNA Usernames – NEW (22 December 2013). I've provided the URL for my on-line Ancestry tree, and GEDmatch numbers and usernames at FTDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA for me and family members.
- Notes for UK (& Ex-US) Residents re. DNA Testing Companies – NEW (21 December 2013). I've written this as most of my newly found cousins from genealogy research, who I'm encouraging to undergo DNA testing, don't live in the USA.