My search for descendants of David Cannady of Livingston county and McCracken county in Kentucky begins with looking at the records for him in the federal census. This search is a key part in my 2018 goals for Big Y DNA testing and the CANADA surname branch of my family.
One of the most important truths of genetic genealogy is that successes do not happen on their own. Genealogists plan them. Unless you are adopted or have an unknown paternity on your paternal line, the best practice for Y-chromosome DNA genealogy is testing of targeted people combined with traditional genealogy.
On the 11th, I put together a Facebook group for Y-DNA, then I held off on pushing it live. I was not 100% sure what direction I wanted it to take. While waiting, I have discovered two things. First, the genetic genealogy community is ready to embrace NexGen type Y-DNA testing like Family Tree DNA's Big Y. Second, more than ever, new and even experienced community members are confused about what Y-DNA testing can do for their genealogy and the meaning of the jargon.
We just covered how the Y Chromosome Consortium formed and in 2002 published a united tree for the paternal Y-chromosome tree. The other thing they outlined in their 2002 paper was the ways the tree can change over time. Today's post will go over these.
It was the beginning of the 21st century. Family Tree DNA and Oxford Ancestors were just getting started. Use of the human male sex chromosome DNA, the Y-chromosome DNA, for population history research was taking off for academic researchers.
The year is ending, and 2018 will be here shortly. It is time for change. It is time to realize that a revolution started sometime in 2010 that reached the genetic genealogy community in 2013 has come of age.
Promethease is one of the top 3rd party services for extracting medical information from autosomal genetic genealogy tests. They have announced that they are weaving their usual $5 US fee for analyzing a sample through the end of the year if you agree to try their new features.
Coursera has relaunched their seven week class on screening for physical and mental health. The next session starts November 20, so get ready to sign up and learn. Like most Coursera classes, this one is free to audit.
It is time again to blast off with the annual 'Rockstar' genealogist competition on the Canada's Anglo-Celtic blog. Nominations are fortunately open still, so we have time to look at genetic genealogists who should be listed and are not. Please join me in asking John Reid to add a few more of these awesome rockers [...]
This morning, Family Tree DNA announced to project administrators some of the first major updates to their BIG Y product since its launch.