Is GEDmatch Accurate and Legit?

If you’ve uploaded your DNA to GEDmatch, you may be scratching your head and wondering if your GEDmatch results are accurate. You are bound to see some differences from what your DNA testing company tells you. Both the ethnicity estimates and DNA relative matching will diverge. And not all kits on GEDmatch are real. So, … Read more

Do You Share Ancient Irish DNA? Find Out With GEDmatch

Do you share DNA with any of the four ancient Irish samples on GEDmatch? You can compare your DNA to Neolithic and Bronze Age remains uncovered in Northern Ireland. Here’s how to go about it. How To Research Ancient Irish DNA Samples on GEDmatch We have another article on using GEDmatch to research Neanderthal and … Read more

Research Your Neanderthal and Archaic DNA Matches on GEDmatch

GEDmatch accepts DNA tests from all the major consumer DNA testing companies. Their free comparison tools allow you to compare your uploaded DNA with a collection of archaic DNA matches. These ancient samples come from fossilized remains found across the world. Several of the samples are Neanderthal DNA. The Archaic DNA Matches Tool shows you … Read more

Does Your Ancestry DNA Show Neanderthal Matches? Fascinating Comparisons!

Does Ancestry show Neanderthal DNA? You may have heard friends talk about how much Neanderthal DNA appeared in their DNA test. If you tested with Ancestry.com, you may be wondering whether Ancestry shows you anything about Neanderthal DNA. Does Ancestry Show Neanderthal DNA? The Ancestry DNA test does not show how much Neanderthal DNA you … 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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Four Ways to Use a Chromosome Browser with Ancestry DNA

A question keeps popping up on genealogy forums: does Ancestry have a chromosome browser? Ancestry does not have a chromosome browser. You can transfer your Ancestry DNA to MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, or GEDmatch, and use their chromosome browsers instead. This article is a guide to the different ways you can use a third-party chromosome browser on … Read more

Security Breaches on DNA Sites

Security Breaches and DNA Testing Websites – July 2020

July 2020 was a bad month for security hacks and breaches in the world of genealogy and DNA testing websites. On 19th July 2020, GEDmatch (owned by Verogen) announced a security breach on their Facebook page. They took their website down to address the issues. It remained unavailable for a number of days. A major … Read more