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The Board of 23andMe

Many people are fed up with the attitude of 23andMe towards it’s genealogy (aka ONLY) customers. We’d like to see Ann Wojcicki replaced with someone who’s actually paying attention to the business more often than once a year. It’s not just customers that have noticed their poor attitude. Here are some comments from current and former employees on Glass Door. Yes, before someone feels the need to point out the obvious, I selected comments that reflect my experience with the company. Lack…Read More … Read entire article »


Adoptees – There’s Nothing Wrong with Looking for Your Family!

Family Portrait It’s Perfectly Natural to Look for Family Recently there has been one individual on 23andMe who has stalked adoptees, going from adoptee thread to adoptee thread, being a harsh, mean-spirited, pathetic shadow of a human being. She tells adoptees and those that would help them that it’s wrong to look for your family. Her ‘nickname’ is Alice Hoosier and she couldn’t be more wrong! There is nothing more natural than looking for one’s biological family! It wasn’t until the mid…Read More … Read entire article »

23andMe Addresses the ‘Show Close Relatives’ Settings — Finally!

How to get to DNA Relatives at 23andMe UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM! Today DNA testing company 23andMe put a new policy into effect concerning DNA Relatives. Until today, June 5th, 2014, someone would have to check a box in their profile to agree to ‘show close relatives’ before they saw relatives closer than 2nd cousin such as half-siblings, parents, children, aunts and uncles, or nieces or nephews. This has caused no end of grief to parents and children being tested, not…Read More … Read entire article »

A Study on French Canadian DNA and the Implications for Genetic Genealogy

French Canadian Settlers Unique DNA Profile Provides Research Opportunities I have often lamented the lack of genetic genealogy studies based on French Canadians. As a group, they are a remarkable example of a founder population and the detailed records kept by the Catholic priests mean that it is a population where genealogy and genetics meet. A recent paper published in the European Journal of Human Genetics on a study of French Canadian DNA has implications for all genetic genealogy but…Read More … Read entire article »

AncestryDNA – The cM Mb Disparity – Updated!

An example of crossing over between homologous chromosomes during meiosis. UPDATE: Found at the bottom of the article! There are different ways of measuring DNA and the most basic is by counting the bp, or base pairs, within a segment. This method counts each nucleotide – A, T, C, or G – within a segment. This is fine for defining where gene locations or finding SNPs, but if you’re trying to determine how closely related you are to someone else, it’s…Read More … Read entire article »

New FTDNA Ethnicity Calculator: myOrigins – They Bunted

Ethnicity Calculators The Big Three genealogy companies (, 23andMe and FTDNA) all have ethnicity calculators. You can also get your ethnicity done at a higher price at several smaller companies but I don’t have experience with them so I will be focusing on the top three companies. Unfortunately, FTDNA’s current calculator has been terrible for most people. It was interesting when it came out, but even then, as an adoptee, I knew it was wrong. My parents are reportedly, French (French…Read More … Read entire article »

Ancestry is Putting You in Charge of Your Searches!

Ancestry’s New Search Sensitivity Adjustment Slider Choices This week revealed that they are adding the ability to let users choose how loosely or tightly the search algorithms adhere to the keywords you’ve entered. The problem with any search engine is that if you narrow the search to tightly match a keyword, you will eliminate the inevitable errors that lie in records created by human beings, variations in name spellings, typos in birth dates, or paperwork that is misfiled. On the…Read More … Read entire article »


Extended families often meet at family reunions. Pictured are the Armagost family reunion in 1901. What is a Cousin? Most of us have one or more in our modern nuclear families. We generally think of them as our aunt’s or uncle’s child. Some of us even are familiar with a second cousin who is the grand child of our grandparents but is not our sibling. But genealogists talk about more distant cousins and it’s often hard to distinguish what genealogists mean…Read More … Read entire article »

23andMe – Show Close Relatives Button

The first time you visit the DNA-R page you will see blue text that says, “Show Close Relatives”. Select that text to see your closer relatives on your DNA-R list. Show Close Relatives The main reason adoptees and genealogists buy a DNA kit from 23andMe is to find relatives, preferably close relatives, to help them recreate or verify their family tree. Genealogists are generally trying to either break through brick walls — ancestors whose parents aren’t known — or verify that…Read More … Read entire article »

My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

Me at a young age with my adopted mother, Mary Thelma (Kim) (Smoyer) Jarvis on upper left. Myself and my mother’s father Grampa Smoyer upper right, lower left is me and my adopted father Maurice Edward Jarvis and with his mom Laura (Chabot) Jarvis and a dark haired lady I can’t identify.   I Started Out as a Small Adopted Child I got very lucky and met a reporter who was interested in my adoption story and in searching for my birth…Read More … Read entire article »