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How To Download Your Ancestry DNA

When your DNA test has been processed by Ancestry, you should download your raw DNA to your local machine. It’s always good to keep your own copy in secure storage. And if you want, you can upload this file to some other reputable DNA sites for more analysis and DNA matches. This article is a … Read more

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Book Review: Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

This is an in-depth book review of Blaine Bettinger’s Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. My conclusion is a hearty recommendation. I have a few quibbles, but its a must-have resource. Be sure to get the latest edition, as the consumer DNA market is constantly changing. The book is available for purchase … Read more

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Ancestry Centimorgans and Segments (and Longest Segments)

First, Ancestry gave us centimorgans and segments. Now, they’re showing unweighted shared DNA and the longest segment. What does it all mean, and how can we use this information in our research? This article is an illustrated guide to these genetic genealogy concepts in clear and understandable terms. How to Find Centimorgans and Segments on … Read more

How To Interpret Your Ancestry Ethnicity Results

When you purchase a DNA test from Ancestry, your results include a list of genetic relatives and a breakdown of your Ancestry ethnicity estimates. I won’t get too caught up with terminology in this article. Just be aware that there are many definitions of “ethnicity”, and many calculations as to the number of ethnic groupings … Read more