Genealogy Blog

30 September 2007

Family Matters 4.23a

Family Matters 4.23a has been released.

Changes :

• Updated Copyright statement and splash screen.

Fixes :

• Fixed WebForm.
• Fixed name blank vs Null family sort ordering.
• Fixed FamListReport request for values using Access 200x.
• Fixed PrintForm surname combo hangup using Access 200x.

Pocket Genealogist 3.11

Pocket Genealogist 3.11 has been released.

Changes :

• Initial support for Family Tree Maker 2008 imports (using GEDCOM). The PAF/FTM add-on does not yet work with FTM 2008 but Wholly Genes Software is working on adding support.
• Ancestor and Descendant Tree Views now work better with regards to adding individuals to the “History List”.
• Ancestor and Descendant Tree View buttons will “highlight” depending on which view is selected (button will have a yellow background when “highlighted”). This helps determine which tree view is in use.
• Change to 3-gen screen to show the complete given name IF 2 line display (Name on one line, dates on another… for example PocketPC Landscape mode).
• Smartphones: Change to allow “back” button to operate as a “backspace” when on an edit field (Motorola Q for example does not have a backspace button).
• Allow install on Windows 98 and ME, but no guarantee Pocket Genealogist will work properly on those systems.
• 30 Day trial now more strongly enforced.

Fixes :

• Fix to “Find by Relationship” button and the Relationship calculator so that it honors what is selected on the 3-gen, Individual or Tree views.
• Family Historian: Fix to GEDCOM export for Research List notes.
• Fix to relationship calculator to process a full 10 generations (was only going out 9 generations).
• Smartphones: Fix to Individual and Tree Views to work properly when switching to another program and back to Pocket Genealogist.
• Smartphones: Fix to properly translate menu for tree views.

28 September 2007

Family Tree Maker blog

Ancestry will communicate updates, improvements and information on Family Tree Maker via this new blog.

The National Archives of the UK wins award for digital preservation

The National Archives is celebrating its victory at the Conservation Awards 2007, winning the award for digital preservation.

The award, presented on 27 September, recognises leadership and practical advancement in the new and challenging field of digital preservation. The prize was given to The National Archives for its work on active preservation through the development of two tools: the PRONOM Technical Registry and Digital Record Object Identification (DROID) file format identification.

27 September 2007

Computer Program Traces Ancestry Using Anonymous DNA Samples

A group of computer scientists, mathematicians, and biologists from around the world have developed a computer algorithm that can help trace the genetic ancestry of thousands of individuals in minutes, without any prior knowledge of their background. The team’s findings will be published in the September 2007 edition of the journal PLoS Genetics.

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26 September 2007

UncleGED 8.05

UncleGED 8.05 has been released.

Fix :

• Fixed problem where marriage details (date and location) were missing.

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.58

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.58 has been released.

Changes :

• Updated the Translation program for foreign language translators (see the translation page).
• If the user adds the event “never married” (which is designed for a single person) to a couple, the program suggests they change it to the “not married” event (which is designed to stop the printing of the words “husband” and “wife”.)
• Direct Lineage report now says ‘Direct Lineage’ in the heading of the printout.

Fix :

• Direct Lineage report would sometimes not show which spouse was the parent of the child.

Simple Family Tree 1.29

Simple Family Tree 1.29 has been released.

Fix :

• Fixes a newly created bug.

25 September 2007

Genealogy Blog Finder

Chris Dunham, also knonw as The Genealogue, has categorized more than 700 genealogy blogs at Genealogy Blog Finder!

When browsing any of the 23 categories, you can now sort the blogs alphabetically by title (the default) or by date last updated. This will make it easier to figure out which bloggers are still active and which have joined that big blogroll.

24 September 2007

UncleGED 8.04

UncleGED 8.04 has been released.

Changes :

• In previous version the default location for GEDCOM files and for HTML output was “C:\Program Files\UncleGED\gedcom” and “C:\Program Files\UncleGED\html”. This has been changed so that new location (path) is the current user’s “My Documents\My UncleGED\gedcom” and “My Documents\My UncleGED\html”. This change was made primarily address issues noted when running UncleGED on Windows Vista.

Fixes :

• Under some circumstances, UncleGED would fail to create a chrono.htm file and exits the web-page building loop prematurely. The result is that chrono.htm and other files are not built. This turns out to have been a problem only seen if the systems “Regional And Language Settings” were set to something other than “English (United States)” (for example “English (United Kingdom)”). This issue has been fixed and the chrono.htm file should be created regardless of the systems regional settings.

All medieval manuscripts in the Netherlands on the Web

The Medieval Manuscripts in Dutch Collections database contains descriptions of all medieval western manuscripts written in Latin script and produced up to c. 1550 now preserved in public and semi-public collections in the Netherlands.

These include the collections of libraries, museums and archives, as well as the collections of monastic orders and some other private institutions that are open to researchers.

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23 September 2007

The Mobile Genealogist

The Mobile Genealogist is the new Northern Hills Software blog on topics of Mobile Genealogy.

“This blog will contain articles on new devices or software, tips, tricks and other items related to Pocket Genealogist and just about anything else that we think you might find useful.”

22 September 2007

Google Family Tree?

By Mike Elgan in Computerworld: “Here’s my prediction: The various genealogy databases will be compiled by some company — most likely Google — into the Mother of All Genealogy Databases. Imagine a kind of Google Maps site, but one that maps family relationships instead of geography. The service might even be in part a Google Maps mashup of some kind.

Google Maps combines image databases from disparate sources around the world. It’s an open, extensible system, so random developers and companies can build mashups that combine map data with any other data, augmented by Google-generated content.

Call it the Google Family Tree.

Such a database would enable you to do absolutely amazing things. For example:

• Enter your unique ID info (probably your Gmail username) and that of any other person, and the site would trace you both back to the most recent common shared ancestor.
• Follow a timeline that shows the locations and migrations of ancestors all leading up to the descendant that is you.
• Track down every living relative.
• Pick any year in history and see just how many of your ancestors were alive at the time.
• Genetic family relationships could be combined with Linked-In-type social networking friendships or business relationships to render the most direct connection with anyone else (”Hey, you’re the brother-in-law of my former boss’s wife!”).
• And many other cool tricks nobody can even think of right now.

Such a public database would also have profound social implications. For example, it would probably render meaningless the concept of race because we would see before our eyes that we’re all a lot more like Tiger Woods than any of us thought.

Second, the privacy implications would be enormous and obvious.

Third, such knowledge might have legal implications, calling into question various people’s right to inherit property or titles.

The prospects of such a massive, public database are staggering, scary and, yes, exciting.

Genealogy is boring. But tomorrow’s genealogy — with a million times better results with a fraction of the effort — well, that’s something our ancestors couldn’t even have imagined.”

DNA to track UK-Russia migration

A DNA survey has been launched to trace the descendants of Britons who settled in Russia hundreds of years ago.

Though largely unknown in the UK, this eastward history of British migration is well acknowledged in Russia.

Russians bearing the surname Lermontov, for example, claim descent from a Scottish soldier captured in the 17th Century.

The new survey will test whether this story, along with similar ones, are backed up by genetic data.

The Russian-British project is being led by Professor Bryan Sykes, founder of DNA analysis service Oxford Ancestors.

“An academic colleague made reference to Russian families who claimed a British progenitor, and, even though they could not speak a word of conversational English, were able to recite fragments of British nursery rhymes and Scottish songs,” Professor Sykes explained.

These traditions were apparently transmitted orally from one generation to the next.

Apart from Lermontov, surnames to be analysed during the course of the project will include the Greig and Crichton families in Moscow, a family of Reads in St Petersburg (a Nikolai Read was commander of Russian forces in the Caucusus during the mid-19th Century), and Smytovs.

Britons may have settled in Russia for many reasons. British mercernaries fighting in European wars are well-attested.

And between the 13th and 17th Centuries, there were strong trading links between Britain and the Baltic via the Hanseatic League - an alliance of trading guilds.

The surname Lermontov supposedly derives from the Scottish surname Learmonth (or one of its variants such as Learmont, Learmond or Learmouth).

One notable bearer was Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841), one of Russia’s foremost poets.

Lermontov was born in Moscow to a respectable family who traced descent from Scottish Learmonths. One of these, recorded in Russian records as Peter Lermontoff, settled in the country in the early 17th Century after being captured by the Russian army.

However, despite exhaustive searches by Russian literary historians and members of the family, it has been impossible to locate records linking Peter Lermontoff back to Scotland.

Paternal line

Oxford Ancestors is currently seeking participants for the genetic study.

“We want to see whether the Lermontovs and the Learmounts are one and the same,” Professor Sykes told the BBC News website.

“That is just the kind of thing we can check with the Y chromosome.”

The Y chromosome is a package of genetic material normally found only in males. It is passed down from father to son, more or less unchanged, just like a surname.

But over many generations, the Y chromosome accumulates small changes in its DNA sequence.

This generates a variety of distinctive male lineages in human populations. Studying the relationships between these different lineages can help scientists reconstruct genealogical trees and even tell them about ancient population movements.

Sharing a surname also significantly raises the likelihood of sharing the same type of Y chromosome, with the link getting stronger as the surname gets rarer.

Unusual find

If the Russian Lermontovs and the Scottish Learmounts are related, they should share signature mutations on their male chromosome that point to a common ancestry.

“We hope to take DNA samples from a few people with the same name and then we’ll be able to identify a common chromosome in the Scottish Learmonts,” the University of Oxford geneticist explained.

“The hope is that it would be an unusual chromosome, so when we saw it somewhere else - Russia, for example - we could be pretty sure that was because of common ancestry.”

Professor Sykes, whose paperback book Blood of the Isles traces the ancestral roots of the British, explained: “We’ve done this many times in Britain looking at different surnames that seem to have a common origin from their spelling; sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.”

in BBC News

20 September 2007

Paper of Record

Paper of Record is a searchable newspaper archive that allows users to browse any of the 21 million images in the collection.

A wide selection of North American and Canadian historical newspapers are available, dating back to the 1700’s.

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.57

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.57 has been released.

Changes :

• Changed the Descendant report and Register Book report and Group sheet report so that if the descendant is ‘Living’ and the birth date of the spouse is blank, it will now assume that the spouse is also ‘Living’.
• Changed the Group sheet report so that if either the Husband or Wife is ‘Living’ and the birth date of the child is blank, it will now assume that the child is also ‘Living’.

Fixes :

• If the user requested a report with the names of living people changed to ‘Living’ then the names were ‘Living’ in the report, but the actual names showed in the index at the end.
• On Group sheets, when creating HTML files, sometimes the names of living people would show in the Title for the page even when the name was changed to ‘Living’ on the data part of the page.

Mystery Boy in Iron Coffin Identified

Researchers have solved the mystery of the boy in the iron coffin.

The cast-iron coffin was discovered by utility workers in Washington two years ago. Smithsonian scientists led by forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley set about trying to determine who was buried in it, so the body could be placed in a new, properly marked grave.

The body was that of 15-year-old William Taylor White, who died in 1852 and was buried in the Columbia College cemetery, they announced Thursday.

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19 September 2007

GED4WEB 3.31

GED4WEB 3.31 has been released.

Fix :

• A few users with small GEDCOM files found a small issue with the index for the notes pages.

Family Tree Maker 2008 Service Pack 1

The Generations Network has released a patch called Service Pack 1 to fix performance problems in its recently released Family Tree Maker 2008.

The company sent users an e-mail about Service Pack 1; those who’ve registered their programs should’ve received an automatic update notification upon opening the program. If you didn’t, go to Family Tree Maker’s Web site for instructions on downloading the patch.

The e-mail message also said The Generations Network will release Service Pack 2 in October to restore several popular report formats from previous Family Tree Maker versions. You can read the full text of the e-mail on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter blog.

Zotero: collect, manage and cite your research sources

Zotero is an amazing free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways.

Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields.

Zotero is a production of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Ezitree 10.00 to 10.04

Ezitree 10.00 to 10.04 have been released and announced today.

Changes :

• Improved display of child’s default ‘family’ name when added from the mother’s record.
• Improved merging of Sources to enable all events to be selected when updating Source Details.

Fixes :

• Fixed button not returning values from Quick Children input window.
• Fixed issues with Backup log, GEDCOM export when ‘Hide Private’ option selected, and button not disabled when outside of editing.
• Fixed button not enabled when no selection text displayed.

Simple Family Tree 1.29

Simple Family Tree 1.29 has been released.

New feature :

• Adds capability to show spouses of same sex.

18 September 2007

National Archives aids genealogy with new web birth, marriage & deaths service

The National Archives of the United Kingdom' collection of nonconformist birth, marriage and death records from 1567 has gone online for the first time.

A new partnership project between The National Archives and S&N Genealogy Supplies means that you can now access images of these records online. BMD Registers provides access to the non-parochial and nonconformist registers 1567-1840 held in RG 4 and RG 5.

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17 September 2007

International Time Capsule Society

The 1989 Oxford English Dictionary defines a time capsule as "a container used to store for posterity a selection of objects thought to be representative of life at a particular time."

The International Time Capsule Society (ITCS) is an organization established in 1990 to promote the careful study of time capsules. It strives to document all types of time capsules throughout the world. The group is headquartered at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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14 September 2007

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.56

Brother’s Keeper 6.2.56 has been released.

New features :

• Gedcom export - new option to pick which fields of the source to export.
• Indented Book Report - South Africa number system - new option for no indents.

Fixes :

• Try to fix error when people double click a picture instead of single click.
• If a Vista user gets an error 75 creating an Index, give directions about Vista administrator rights.
• If printing a huge picture that is over 5000 pixels tall, it would print too large on register book and overlap things below.

13 September 2007

Snapter 2.0

Snapter automatically crops, stretches and flattens pictures of books, business cards, documents and whiteboards from any source into JPG, TIFF or PDF document.

The perspective, curvation and photometric corrections are really impressive and should help genealogists to process their digitized documents!

Snapter is fully Vista-compatible and you can download a 14 day full featured trial version.

12 September 2007

GeneWeb 5.01

GeneWeb 5.01 has been released.

Changes :

• New database system with command gwc2.
• Numerous small improvements and bug fixes.

Only sources are distributed. Rather download the version 5.00 if you don’t know how to use GeneWeb.

Simple Family Tree 1.29

Simple Family Tree 1.29 has been released.

Changes :

• Adds purple identifier of duplicate descendants.
• Fixes a bug nobody noticed.

Grave Transcribing—Urban Archaeology At Its Best

You've traced your roots through to great-grandma Edna back to the early 1900s, but that's when the trail suddenly goes cold. Who were her parents? And their parents? Has a seemingly futile search left you wanting to beat your pretty head against a brick wall?

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9 September 2007

PhpGedView Multiple Parameter Handling Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in PhpGedView, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary scripting code.

These issues are caused by input validation errors in the “login.php” script when processing user-supplied parameters (e.g. “username”), which could be exploited by attackers to cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the user’s browser in the security context of an affected web site.

Genmod 1.5 beta 2

Genmod 1.5 beta 2 has been released.

New features :

• Added privacy to media links and items.
• Added media changes to review changes block.
• Added new mailer class for extended mail support.
• Added create new family with person as husb/wife/child.
• Added check to install for index dir in use.
• Added check for character set def in tables.
• Added Alias URL’s for Enterprise mode.
• Added option to maintain add facts to MM object.

• Added details page for Multimedia objects.
• Added Multimedia favorites.
• Added fact group headers and logical grouping of facts on edit pages.
• Added pedi option to edit family members.
• Added manually add users and IP’s for lockout.
• Added URL and querystring to logrecords.
• Added download gedcom option to embed multimedia files.
• Added edit option for child/fam relation and primary display.
• Added support for _PRIMARY PAF tag on pedigree page.
• Added logo to menu bar.
• Added option to exclude IP’s and hostnames from IP-session check.
• Added logging options for max pageviews per timeunit.
• Added option for role based hide/show view and edit raw gedcom.
• Added option to reupload and import an existing gedcom file.
• Added check for unknown gedcom tags to sanity check.
• Added different page sizes to pedigree reports.
• Added Select/Deselect all gedcomss to search.php.
• Added links to own pid and startpage to menubar.

Changes :

• Removed BOM-check for config_help files.
• Changed search bar to extend automatically on focus.
• Changed to always empty subfields of place on country change.
• Changed country names to always show full name in edit mode.
• Changed maps to always show full size in edit mode.
• Updated layout Download Gedcom page.
• Changed use_magic_quotes recommendation as per

Fixes :

• Fixed source links display even when source is hidden in privacy.
• Fixed source data field width incorrect on indi page.
• Fixed dependencies between changes.
• Fixed URL check in printing url’s in facts.
• Fixed concatenated note printing and editing.
• Fixed error messages in manage media.
• Fixed install checks more tables than intended.
• Fixed cleanup contaminates gedcom logfile.
• Fixed unified order of search input fields.
• Fixed sources option missing in general search if default privacy.
• Fixed general search on fams only returns name hits.
• Fixed MySQL stopwords disturb general search.
• Fixed error in general search when term is empty.
• Fixed error in login.php, user not found.
• Fixed CheckDB checks wrong tables thus gives errors.
• Fixed wrong sort order for source lists.
• Fixed source favorites are always added to sourcelist.
• Fixed error in level 0 note editing.
• Fixed multimedia mapping is not updated on changes.
• Fixed different add fields showing in edit and add fact.
• Fixed growing url string with show_changes.
• Fixed facts display twice in newly created sources.
• Fixed printing of newly added MM.
• Fixed Suppressed duplicate messages for exceeding pageviews.
• Fixed Memory usage displays negative number.
• Fixed missing space in approval email.
• Fixed Delete links in menu’s are broken.
• Fixed deletion of source reference in records.
• Fixed dependancy between changes.
• Fixed error in numeric to chinese translation.
• Fixed custom pages causing JS errors.
• Fixed long loading time language editing.
• Fixed merge records is completely out of order.
• Fixed SUBM record updates if nothing changed.
• Fixed downloaded ZIP files are corrupted with IE7.
• Fixed find.php error on select media.
• Fixed Greedy date cleanup during import.
• Fixed Sanitycheck: rights check for mysql 5 and php ini check.
• Fixed errors in install.
• Fixed missing return in lang install file.
• Fixed adjusted backup/restore to latest DB design; made restore more robust.
• Fixed reordered options in this family edit menu.
• Fixed changes in parents don’t show.
• Fixed changing family members doesn’t delete all link data.
• Fixed cleaned up individual edit menu.
• Fixed errors on indipage with sealing parents.
• Fixed display of names on individual page.
• Fixed auth user can edit and see changes of own family.
• Fixed link to Quick Update for users with access rights.
• Fixed redirection with params in redirection url.
• Fixed links in emails are not links but plain text.
• Fixed long text on page after user registration.
• Fixed parents other fams don’t always display on individual page.
• Fixed search in helptext.
• Fixed username in menubar links to own rootid instead of gedcomid.
• Fixed flickering of flag on places in edit mode.
• Fixed sources not showing.
• Fixed double helplink on download gedcom page.
• Fixed error if topsearch jumps to family with lowercase ID.
• Fixed error in print pedigree on non existent fact.
• Fixed Ancestry chart link.
• Fixed Contact links not working from menu.
• Fixed User could not see raw gedcom but could edit raw gedcom.
• Fixed configuration page values cannot contain special characters.
• Fixed userclass returns empty object.
• Fixed log intrusions as warnings.
• Fixed sort on chinese names in lists and alphalists.
• Fixed query string is lost on change of language.

7 September 2007

Personal Ancestry Writer II v73

Personal Ancestry Writer II v73 has been released.

Fixes :

• A couple of improper GEDCOM tags were removed from export (namely age at death “dead” and age at death “living”).
• The copy name window was corrected for files containing more 30,000 names and for a cosmetic problem. The correction also applies when tagging people whose names contain… and whose places contain…. The Reference folder was updated to reflect this feature.

6 September 2007

Integrate Joomla with PhpGedView

Here is a component to integrate Joomla, the Open Source Content Management System, with PhpGedView, the web publishing software.

It reminds me WP-Tree, a French plugin to integrate WordPress with PhpGedView.

5 September 2007

Ezitree 9.99

Ezitree 9.99 has been released.

Changes :

• Added “Rename” button to media window to allow for files to be renamed from inside of Ezitree.
• Fixed quick source which allowed empty source title to be created, in addition to issues with custom report titles and backup to floppy disks which caused program termination.

A vision of Britain through time

The Vision of Britain through Time web site provides a window into the Great Britain Historical GIS -- which stands for "Geographical Information System". The GB Historical GIS is a description of Britain and its localities, showing how they have changed through the centuries.

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Legacy Family Tree now available in 5 languages

Millennia Corporation today announced that its software, Legacy Family Tree, is now available in three new languages: Nederlands (Dutch), Norsk - Bokmål (Norwegian) and Norsk - Nynorsk (Norwegian).

Legacy is also currently available in the following languages: Dansk (Danish), English (Australia), English (Canada), English (United Kingdom) and English (USA).

Translation is in progress for the following languages: Afrikaans, Deutsch (German), Eesti (Estonian), Español (Spanish), Français (French), Italiano (Italian), Português (Brasil), Suomi (Finnish), and Svenska (Swedish).

More information about the translations.

4 September 2007

RootsMagic 3.2.5

RootsMagic 3.2.5 has been released.

Changes :

• Updated help file for the charting part of RootsMagic which works under Vista.
• Added World Vital Records to the internet search feature of RootsMagic (Search > Internet Search).

BBC launches family history magazine

The BBC is to launch a magazine and web spin-off of its genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.

BBC Magazines Bristol will launch the first issue of the glossy magazine with an exclusive interview with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, who appears in the first episode of the new BBC1 series on Thursday.

The 100-page full-colour magazine, which will hit newsstands on September 25, will be published 13 times a year with an initial print run of 50,000 copies priced at £4.25.

An accompanying website will launch on September 6 to coincide with the start of the new series.

“This magazine market has huge potential for growth and our new title will help move family history away from being an exclusive dusty hobby to a contemporary and accessible interest,” said Andy Benham, the BBC Magazines Bristol publishing director.

Each issue of the magazine will have a covermount of a DVD or CD-Rom with outtakes from the TV series and family history archives.

The website will host new celebrity TV content each week along with a forum, blog, podcast and and social history archive.

UK family history website will act as the data provider for the BBC website.

The BBC has secured the rights to launch the spin-off magazine and website from Wall to Wall Media, the independent producer of Who Do You Think You Are?.


3 September 2007

Osk 4.8

Osk 4.8 has been released.

Changes :

• Much improved media handling.
• Unified toolbar.
• Picture of active person.
• Bug fixes.

Genealogical Prison Records & Jail Records

Genealogical Prison Records is a website where you just might find a black sheep ancestor in your family!

Locate Civil War prisoners and prisoner executions from old prison records & jail records.

Some of the links have prison and jail inmate records online while others tell you how to obtain inmate records and offer historical info.

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2 September 2007

Ezitree 9.98

Ezitree 9.98 has been released.

Changes :

• Change to ensure birth parent names included when new event added if not an adoption.
• Added option under ‘Defaults’ to turn display of ‘Age Today’ on and off.

Fix :

• Fixed problems with: spouse ‘other names’ wrongly appearing in Family View, image caption fonts, multiple marriages between the two same persons, chart options not being saved, backup reminder message incorrectly appearing, some fields still displayed in bold when turned off, error when invalid file imported into memo, conversion where ‘etvarbls.mem’ file in wrong location and gender not set when linking natural and adopted children.

1 September 2007

DNA Ancestry beta

DNA Ancestry beta has launched.

“We want you to be one of the first to know we’re adding a powerful new dimension to genealogical research by integrating the world’s largest online collection of historical records and family trees with DNA testing. Currently in beta, DNA Ancestry is another way we’re helping people expand their family trees and connect with family across distance and time.”

We created DNA Ancestry to help users:

• Validate existing research.
• Break through genealogical dead ends.
• Discover and connect with genetic cousins.
• Collaborate and expand their family trees.
• Learn about ancient origins.
• Review, decipher and save test results safely and conveniently online.

As the DNA Ancestry database grows, we will continue to compare your results with the results from new users and notify you by email when we find potential matches.

How does it work?

1. Purchase a DNA test kit. Your kit will include three collection swabs, an envelope for recording your information and a postmarked return envelope.

2. Swab the inside of your mouth. Follow the instructions provided, rubbing each swab inside both of your cheeks.

3. Mail your kit to our labs. We’ll begin analyzing your DNA sample as soon as we receive it. Results are typically available within 2-3 weeks after the lab receives them.

4. View your results online.

• Your personal DNA profile
• A map displaying the location of participants matching your DNA
• A table comparing your DNA profile with matching profiles
• A chart showing the range of generations in which you and another participant may share a common ancestor.
• Safe, secure, and anonymous, e-mail connections with potential genetic cousins
• A haplogroup prediction, map and migration history

What tests are available?

DNA Ancestry currently offers the following genealogical tests:

Y chromosome 33 marker test $149
Y chromosome 46 marker test $199

• These tests provide an indicator of the direct paternal line and can be compared to others’ results to find matches signifying relationships
• Only males can be tested, though females may have a male relative in their paternal line tested by proxy
• Includes a paternal haplogroup prediction, which indicates the direct paternal line’s ancient ancestry

mtDNA test $179

• This test includes a maternal haplogroup prediction, which indicates the direct maternal line’s ancient ancestry
• Both males and females can be tested

What’s next for DNA Ancestry?

Very soon you’ll be able to add your DNA test results to your online family tree. This will make it even easier to connect to the 3 million other member trees on the site and tap into thousands of hours of completed genealogical research.

Surname Projects

Our initial beta launch of DNA Ancestry Version 1.0 will not include DNA surname projects support. We are taking the input we have received from Project Coordinators surveys, as well as other outside information, and are using it to build DNA Projects in a way that will be better for all of our members. Until then, we encourage project coordinators to continue to build projects and monitor results through the Relative Genetics site with their Relative Genetics login. The project data and members will transfer over to DNA Ancestry with our DNA Ancestry Version 1.1 launch, which is planned for the end of the year.

Already had your DNA tested?

DNA Ancestry has a function that will let users add their test results to the DNA Ancestry database and allow them to connect with others who share their DNA.