DNA Tools & Reference Links


GEDmatch--Free to use site with upload.  Tier 1 tools available to contributors.




DNAAdoption--A handy site regardless of whether you are adopted or not.

Autosomal Testing at AncestryDNAFTDNA(also the only company that does YDNA & mtDNA testing) or 23&me(includes health report & costs more).  I recommend testing at AncestryDNA, doing a transfer(which is really just copying your test...it will remain at AncestryDNA) to FTDNA and uploading the AncestryDNA raw data file(a zip file) to  GEDmatch.com.  (Please note that FTDNA isn't taking AncestryDNA uploads of tests done using Ancestry's new chip and it's unsure when or if that will change.)

How To...

How to Send a Share Link of your AncestryDNA

How to Download your DNA results from AncestryDNA, FTDNA or 23&Me and Upload to GEDmatch

Reference Sites

ISOGG(International Society of Genetic Genealogy) Wiki

Kitty Cooper's Blog---DNA Basics

The Shared cM Project--Blaine Bettinger's site

Your Genetic Genealogist--CeCe Moore

DNAeXplained--Roberta Estes' DNA research blog

Segment-ology-Jim Bartlett's blog

Historic Pathways --Elizabeth Shown Mill's website

DNA Related Webinars I have attended:

  • FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta--Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
  • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries--Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • The "WHO" of Genetic Genealogy--Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • Exploring AncestryDNA's New Genetic Communities--Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. 
  • Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data-- James M. Baker PhD, CG
  • Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument--Karen Stanbary MA CG
  • Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing--Diahan Southard
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard
  • MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS--Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

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