Update Information From Our November 11, 2014 Genealogy Program With Marsha Peterson-Maass And Her Program “Swab Your Cheek: How To Make The Most Of DNA Kinship Results”

Hi Everyone!

STDL Central Summer LgAt our genealogy program on November 11, 2014, Marsha Peterson-Maass presented a topic titled “Swab Your Cheek: How To Make the Most of DNA Kinship Results”.

During the program some questions came up from the audience for which Marsha indicated she would do some further investigation on the question to see what she could uncover.

The questions related to:

  • Neanderthal DNA detection in our current species.
  • Ethnicity DNA Results
  • Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society

Here are comments provided to me by Marsha that she would like for me to share with you:

Neanderthal DNA in Humans

o      Two commercially available testing companies offer atDNA test results including Neanderthal percentages, see “Special Features” on this Autosomal DNA Testing Comparison Chart http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_testing_comparison_chart

o     23andMe Blog has an interesting article at http://blog.23andme.com/news/dem-bones/ . You can also subscribe to their free Blog on that webpage.

Ethnicity DNA Results

o     You can receive a good synopsis of the history of ethnicity reporting problems thru the top 3 commercial DNA testing companies (FamilyTreeDNA, AncestryDNA and 23andMe) if you go to The Genetic Genealogist’s blog http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com/ and down the right column you’ll see its “TGG Search” box where you can type the word “ethnicity.”

o     Find a list of other commercially available DNA testing companies here http://www.isogg.org/wiki/List_of_DNA_testing_companies . . . for ethnicity results, look for “(ethnicity)” behind the company’s name. I have read positive things, but have no personal experience with the ethnicity atDNA STRs testing company called DNA Tribes http://www.dnatribes.com/ . It “allows individuals to have their genetic ancestry analyzed based on autosomal STR genetic markers developed by the FBI for individual identification in a forensic context.” It is highly recommended if you’re looking to prove ethnicity to a specific indigenous tribe (i.e., many Native American tribes) with the ethnicities they can currently test for listed here by continent here http://www.dnatribes.com/populations.html . A summary of DNA Tribes services and some reference materials can be found here http://www.isogg.org/wiki/DNA_Tribes

The Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society

o     Home webpage https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

o     Project summary and many reference materials listed here http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Genographic_Project

A big “Thank You” to Marsha for providing me with the follow-up information related to questions that came up during the program.

Please check out the links that Marsha provided as part of her responses.

Our program participants were certainly well-versed on the subject with some great questions posed to Marsha during the program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

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