DNA In The News
The disclosure that law enforcement officers in California had used genealogical databases and particularly GEDmatch to identify, and now arrest, a suspect in a decades-old serial rape-and-murder spree has raised some profound concerns about the legality and ethics of that use. And even in these early days, it’s crystal clear that there are no easy answers here. (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.
 
 
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.
 
DNA BASICS
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.