Contact Matches

It's been too long since I've posted.  There is a world of useful information here at WorldFamilies, so I plan to regularly highlight a useful info page here at WorldFamilies.

Many Researchers don't understand how to contact their matches - particularly when just getting started.  Here are two typical contacts I receive - and my reaction: ... Read more

FTDNA myGroups

Sigh.  The first week of using the FTDNA myGroups page wasn't fun - as the feature just wasn't ready for launching.  Some of the biggest issues have been addressed - but there is still much needing to be fixed.  (I have only converted a couple of projects so that I can try things out and monitor the progress) ... Read more

FTDNA Long form

FTDNA is starting to share their y-Haplogroup Long Form info again after hiding it last summer (shortly after they switched to reporting what they first called "Terminal SNPs" and what is now called "Short Hand")

This should be good news - but it is not.  Here's why: ... Read more

Identify yMatches

One of the frustrations of using the FTDNA system is in trying to identify your matches - as you see them in the Project Results Table - so that you can be sure that you know which ones you have contacted and which ones not.   

On your myFTDNA kit page yDNA Matches, you are told ... Read more

Merry Christmas!

I usually don't post a Holiday greeting message on the blog, but decided this is the year.

We celebrate Christmas at our house, so forgive me if I've wished you a "Merry Christmas" at some stage, when that isn't your holiday.  For me, this is a magical time of year, with lots of good wishes, beautiful music, special church services (including Christmas Eve - a long-standing tradition in our home), presents and family.  ... Read more

No Matches at 37

I have been a very strong advocate of "More Markers" for more than a decade.  I particularly dislike to see men tested only at 12 or 25 markers and would like to be able to block those poor choices from being offered through projects that I administer.  (while I acknowledge that there area few - limited - cases where 12 markers can make sense.) ... Read more

Cart, No Horse

I just answered yet another person who did their Geno 2.0 test at National Geographic without understanding how things go together.  Here is the basic info I gave him: ... Read more

FTDNA myGroups

Congratulations to the winners of the FTDNA myGroups "Alpha Contest".  Franklin project took first place by averaging just over 3 posts per member.  Congratulations also to MacFarlane and Finland projects, who tied for second place.

I understand that myGroups will be rolling out to all FTDNA projects soon

TiP: a poor tool

Actually, it's not really the Tool that is a problem - but the interpretation people make.  (and there are no instructions on the TiP pages)   I regularly see folks with a yDNA test who are completely misusing and misunderstanding the FTDNA TiP tool.  If I had my choice, only Project Administrators could access TiP info (which would not prevent mis-use - but it would reduce i).  That may surprise you - so here's why I say that:

There is NO BASIS for talking about needing a certain % or number of generations when using the TiP comparison tool.  ... Read more

FTDNA-the choice

I am asked pretty regularly where to test and who is the best testing company.  Richard Hill has listed his "Top 10" reasons for choosing Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) at

I have known Richard for a number of years and think highly of him and his Genetic Genealogy work. 


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