Comprehensive Review, Comparison and Explanation of Major DNA Tests

Regular readers will possibly know that I am a big fan of the DNA Geek blog. Once again, they have not disappointed, releasing their comprehensive 2018 guide to DNA tests

Three Types of Tests

The DNA Geek post briefly explains the 'types' of tests that are available for genealogy testing; Autosomal DNA, yDNA (paternal) and mtDNA (maternal) and helpfully suggests to newcomers that they will mostly be wanting to undergo Autosomal testing in the first instance. 

Autosomal tests are offered by many companies but there are five major players that should be considered. I have personally tested with three of these and have uploaded my DNA to the other two. 

Five Serious Testing Company Options

Each of the five major players in genealogy DNA testing has features and benefits that differentiate them from each other. DNA Geek compares these and provides a helpful explanation and recommendation of which they would choose for testing under which circumstances. 

I have to say, their advice is very much in line with my own opinions - formed through my experiences and that is discussions with Evidentree members.

The five companies considered are; Ancestry DNA (see below), FamilyTree DNA, Living DNA (see below), 23andMe and MyHeritage DNA. Links to regional sites of these follow (where available):

Read the Full Comparison

Head over to the DNA Geek site to read the full post. And don't forget to subscribe to their Blog - they regularly provide information that is pertinent, up-to-date and interesting for family historians - be they new to genealogy and DNA or experienced researchers.

Why Newspapers Are Essential for Genealogy Research

The team over at Genealogy Bank have provided us with a helpful reminder about why newspapers are such an important tool for family historians.

Naturally, they are quite keen to get you to sign up to their service but we at Evidentree would also point you in the direction of many free newspaper resources (more information about these will be coming soon in our community library) such as Australian newspapers at Trove, New Zealand newspapers at PapersPast and importantly, British newspapers in the British Newspapers Archive which is part of the collections at FindMyPast.

Primary Way to Stay Informed

Genealogy Bank reminds us that newspapers and periodicals were the most important source of information for our ancestors:

Our ancestors existed in a time before the Internet, electronic record keeping, social media, and in some cases centralized databases. A time of paper, ink, quills, and the printing press. Periodicals, local newspapers, and letters – not blogs or social media – were the primary way people stayed informed of the outside world.

Not only did newspapers provide stories relevant to their contemporary audience, they also included details that make them invaluable to those studying their genealogy today.

What You Find in Newspapers

There are many sections within newspapers that really stand out for family history research. Genealogy Bank helpfully lists those as follows:

  • Obituaries
  • Marriage announcements
  • Birth announcements
  • Local stories – the community’s trials and tribulations
  • Passenger lists, especially in port cities
  • Casualty or promotion lists for Armed Services
  • Event attendance announcements
  • School-related events (honor rolls, theater productions, graduations, etc.)
  • Classified advertising (ancestors’ businesses, personal ads, etc.)
  • Society news (birthday parties, club meetings and events, notable out-of-town visitors)
  • Immigration and naturalization-related events (ship sailings, naturalization ceremonies, etc.)
  • Legal notices (divorces, sales, purchases, probate, etc.)

Read their Blog in Full

Read the full Genealogy Bank post over at their website.

Library of Congress Releases Free WWI Newspaper Clippings

The US Library of Congress has announced a release of a large collection of WWI newspaper clippings. These are available for free on their website.

Quote from Library of Congress:

World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service Update: All 400 Volumes Now Online

The massive collection, World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926, is now fully digitized and freely available on the Library of Congress website. The 79,621 pages are packed with war-related front pages, illustrated feature articles, editorial cartoons, and more. You can search by keywords, browse the content chronologically, and download pages.

Coverage begins on June 29, 1914 with articles focusing on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and continues into the post-war world through Dec. 31, 1926. The clippings provide a tremendous resource for the examination of the devastating Great War and its aftermath. The chronological arrangement of daily press coverage from multiple sources is invaluable.


Find out more here:

View the collection:

Major Enhancement to AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Estimates – DNA Geek

For months, AncestryDNA has been quietly reprocessing their entire database of more than 10 million customers behind the scenes, and on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, they rolled out a major enhancement to their ethnicity estimates.

DNA Geek

Evidentree would like to highlight the post of DNA Geek. Read about these fantastic updates there. 

We couldn't write a better post about these changes so we won't even try. Instead, we would like to introduce you to a leading genealogy DNA blog.

Shining Light on DNA/Genetic Genealogy at Evidentree

What would a family history social network be without groups discussing DNA or the ability to share your DNA results profiles at GEDmatch, Ancestry, 23andme, FTDNA, and more?

DNA Result Profile Sharing

It's actually always been possible to add your DNA profile kit numbers/usernames to your Evidentree user profile - we just haven't made it obvious yet. 

But with the creation of our first Genetic Genealogy group, we thought it was time to highlight this feature. 

Simply visit your User not found page to add details you want to share and/or to set sharing levels for this information.

Group: Genetic Genealogy - Broadening the Evidence Base

A user, Jane, has been good enough to start our first genetic genealogy group. You can find it here: Genetic Genealogy - Broadening the Evidence Base

We are doing our best to reach out to members who we know are DNA experts (or at least passionate and interested) to join this group and get the discussions moving. If you are interested in DNA testing - even if you just have questions about DNA or are considering ordering a test - please go along and join and ask away. The group is here to help.

DNA Bloggers Wanted!

We want to start having regular Blog posts on various subjects -DNA being one of them. 

If you are interested in writing regular pieces about DNA research or if you are already a Blogger and would like to post guest Blogs at Evidentree, please let us know.