Thursday, December 8, 2016

DNA and more DNA

chromosomes

 

I have been spending the last few weeks rounding out my DNA education through selected webinars, books and blogs. Everything else has been on the back burner. I am a solid intermediate trying to get to the advanced level. My latest endeavor is setting up and learning how to use Genome Mate Pro. In preparation, I became a Tier 1 member of GEDMatch. I had subscribed to the Tier 1 tools for a single month a couple of times but now I am to the point that I need access all of the time. I am also now a paid member of DNAGedcom. Genome Mate Pro works together with GEDmatch and DNAGedcom so it just had to be done. I manage a lot of kits and I think Genome Mate Pro is going to be a godsend when it comes to keeping everything organized and analyzed.

Copyright © 2016 Michèle Simmons Lewis

9 comments:

  1. Nice! I need to commit some time and work specifically on DNA education, too.

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  2. I'm so impressed with how much you've learned this past year Michele. I've attended so many seminars and classes and yet, I still don't have the same handle on this that you do, not even close.
    I want to. I think it's that I haven't devoted specific time and put aside other research and blogging etc.
    It's a matter of saying ok, I'm going to do this. And, I need to commit. Thanks for sharing your progress.

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    1. I am waiting for the videos to be released from the 2016 International Genetic Genealogy conference and then I will have even more education :)

      http://i4gg.org/conference-schedule/

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  3. Sounds like we're on the exact same path! Reading both of Blaine's books and jumping into GMP to breakdown the DNA for myself and the DNA I manage. There is definitely a lot of learning to be done!

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    1. I love Blaine's stuff. I have both books and I have watched his 5 webinars at Legacy as well as taken his two courses through VIGR.

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  4. DNA is my #1 learning area for 2017 - it still makes my head spin - but bit by bit I'm learning - I need to do a total immersion too, I think!

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  5. Good going, Michele! I am a recent convert to Blaine's fan club. I listened to one of his webinars recently (through the North Carolina Genealogical Society) where he touched upon Mirror trees with Ancestry. Fascinating. Do you happen to know which of his I4GG lectures goes into this area? I could not tell from the descriptions.

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    1. There is an entire lecture on Mirror Trees and I have already watched it. Mirror Trees Explained by Carol Rolnick was excellent. One of the techniques she uses (stars) is first explained in an earlier lecture by Michelle Trostler in Getting Started with AncestryDNA. This one technique made things all of a sudden make sense to me. I am glad I saw the "stars" in the first lecture before I watched the one on Mirror Trees. I am going to be doing my first mirror trees soon. Someone I am working with is retesting so that he can get his DNA at Ancestry just so we can do mirror trees.

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  6. Thank you, Michele. Great input. I have searched for years for the parents of my 2nd great grandfather, Henry Hitchcock (abt 1799-1836). After listening to Blaine's webinar, I created a hypothetical tree for Henry and populated it with his suspected family. Then I set that Henry
    tree as the default for Ancestry DNA. I got 10 "shared ancestry hints". All of these (except one which is private) had the same names as in Henry's tree. Positive proof? No. But I feel pretty confident in who his parents are now.

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