DNA Lunch & Learn – Every 4th Friday** noon – 2:00 p.m.
SBCGS Sahyun Library Community Room
** Nov & Dec meets 3rd Friday noon – 2:00 p.m.
Also, DNA Interest Group (DIG) meets before SBCGS General Society Meeting & Program
Every 3rd Saturday, 9:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church (see SBCGS Calendar)
with a link to a Youtube video on how to use the table.
DNA Dilemma, Santa Barbara News-Press, Aug. 28, 2018
by Marilyn McMahon and featuring Mary Hall
The Bull in the DNA China Shop
DNA In The News
The rules of DNA testing…and the ethical need to follow them by Judy G. Russell | Aug 5, 2018  
Only someone who’s been living in the north woods without electricity or cellphone service can be unaware at this point in 2018 that law enforcement is intensely interested in using our genealogical DNA test results as resources in criminal investigations. Since the news broke in April that police in California had used the genetic genealogy database GedMatch.com to help identify a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer case — reported by The Legal Genealogist and many others then and since1 — we’ve all been on notice that DNA results that came into being solely for genealogical reasons are exceedingly useful in solving cold cases and that law enforcement has figured that out. (Continue reading the comments and answers for more discussion.)
The Golden State Killer has, it appears, been apprehended by use of genealogical databases and GEDmatch. This topic deserves, and must receive much more discussion in a calm, informed manner. There is a great deal of concern, curiosity, misinformation and incorrect assumptions in the genetic genealogy community as well as the media, along with emotions running at high tide.
Online Resources
International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) https://isogg.org
Facebook pages: Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques, AncestryMatching, ISOGG
Blogs: DNAeXplained Genetic Genealogy (Roberta Estes); The Genetic Genealogist (Blaine T Bettinger);
The Legal Genealogist, Sundays feature DNA (Judy Russell); Kitty Cooper – DNA beginner, advanced
Youtube: Barefoot Genealogist (Crista Cowen); Genetic Genealogy Ireland; Blaine T Bettinger
Legacy Family Tree Webinars (Webinars; $50 per yr; $10 per mo) https://familytreewebinars.com/
Additional Genetic Genealogy Analysis Tools
DNA Painter – Shared cMs predictor (website, free) https://dnapainter.com/
Also DNA chromosome painting and “What are the Odds”
AncestryDNA Helper Google Chrome Store add-on - AncestryDNA analyzer by Jeff Snavely
MedBetterDNA Google Chrome Store add-on - AncestryDNA enhancement: shows Notes on match page
DNAGedcom - Tools developed to help adoptees find birth parents https://dnagedcom.com/ GEDmatch* website, free ($10 per month for premium tools) https://www.gedmatch.com/
* Use only if you, and your family, understand and agree to privacy limitations and GEDMatch TOS
Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, Blaine T Bettinger
Genetic Genealogy: the Basics and Beyond; Emily D Aulicino
Guide to DNA Testing: How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships, Richard Hill
Finding Family, My Search for Roots and Secrets in my DNA; Richard Hill
DNA Test companies: for Genealogical or “ethnicity” purposes
AncestryDNA – autosomal only https://www.ancestry.com/dna/
MyHeritage – autosomal only https://www.myheritage.com/dna
FamilyTreeDNA - autosomal, yDNA, mtDNA https://www.familytreedna.com/
23andMe - autosomal plus yDNA & mtDNA haplogroups https://www.23andme.com/
LivingDNA - autosomal plus yDNA & mtDNA haplogroups. https://www.livingdna.com/
No relative matching (as of Aug 2018)
POWERPOINT: I Got My Autosomal Test Results… Now What?
Using the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer to Visualize Your atDNA Matches
Click here for PowerPoint presentation by Don Worth, speaker at DNA DAY at the SAHYUN which was held on April 25, 2014.
Genetic Genealogy Overview
You might already be familiar with how DNA testing can help solve crimes, confirm the paternity of children, and even determine the identity of ancient mummies. Now DNA can also help you with your genealogical research. It's a simple and painless process to gather your DNA sample and within a few weeks have results that you can compare with the ever-expanding Ancestry.com DNA database to find potential genetic cousins. Learn more.
Genetic Science Learning Center
Tour of the Basics
University of Utah
Tour includes What is DNA?; What is a Gene?; What is a Chromosome?; What is a Protein:; What is Heredity?; What is a Trait?
DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes
The science of DNA analysis is an amazing tool that many genealogists can benefit from in their efforts to link families together. However, like any tool, it is important to understand what a DNA analysis can and cannot reveal. Once you learn when to use DNA testing, you'll be able to solve genealogy problems that otherwise might be unsolvable. From Ancestry Magazine. Read entire article here.
Join the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society FTDNA Project here.