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Brit Speak

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My DNA results showed I have much more Brit in me than I ever thought.  If you, too, had this finding and were surprised by your results, you might want to have fun with this BBC "quiz" Do You Have a Secret British Accent?

Apparently, mine is East Midlands.  I don't know if that's because I spent my youth in the northern U.S and the rest of my life in the south resulting in a blended accent.  In my travels, people can never identify where I originate.  Or, perhaps, I'm harboring deep down ancestral roots from the East Midlands where my family did originate in the Leicester region in the 1600's. 

Blimey, this is ace barmy! (Translation:  Wow, this is amazing crazy!)  So give it a try.

Marrying Your Half Sibling? It's Possible in this Brave New World!

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Last week, I wrote about MyHeritage's backing of a study recently published in Science.  One of the questionable findings was that the number of cousin marriages decreased after 1875 due to changing societal norms.

After reading the recent article, Sonoma Teen Tyler Sievers Discovers 20 Half Siblings, my first thought was marrying a cousin wasn't such a bad thing when compared to possibly marrying a half sib (you didn't know was your half sib).  Sure, that's not what happened to Tyler but the possibility of that occurring is greater today than anytime in the past.  Tyler's (birth) father donated on both the east and west coast.  That means, he has a population of children on both sides of the U S and so far, only 20 have been identified.  It's not far fetched to believe that these children could meet and fall in love.  Their mom's selected the father based on information provided that they liked.  It's not a stretch to think that they would have other …

Shame on You, MyHeritage

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Last week I blogged about MyHeritage's special free offer for assistance to adoptees who are interested in finding their birth families.  I was also pleased that in the past few days, MyHeritage announced several other improvements - their DNA Matches are now 1-to-many instead of 1-to-1 enabling more connections and if you are a member of the LDS faith, a new synch with FamilySearch.org.  These innovations are positive and important to the genealogy community.

Unfortunately, their latest "scientific" data analysis that was recently published in Science, is hogwash.  You can read about it here and here.  I have several problems with the study:

"The tree is based on data assembled by roughly 3 million genealogy enthusiasts who have identified the familial relationships of more than 86 million individuals" the key word here being enthusiasts.  I'm enthusiastic about many things but that does not make my attempts at the arts, dance, cooking, etc. well done or a…

Adoptee? Here's A FREE Opportunity for You!

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I received the following email this week and wanted to share it.  If you are an adoptee or knows someone who is that wants help in finding information about their birth family, then keep reading...

"MyHeritage is excited to announce a new pro bono initiative — DNA Quest — to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through DNA testing.

As part of DNA Quest, we are giving out 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits — worth more than one million dollars — for free, with free shipping, to eligible participants.

MyHeritage has set up an advisory board of top experts in the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption to guide and support this initiative on a voluntary basis. The advisory board includes: CeCe Moore, founder of The DNA Detectives; Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist; Richard Weiss of DNA Adoption; Richard Hill, DNA Testing Adviser; Katharine Tanya, founder of Adopted.com; Brianne Kirkpatrick, founder of Watershed DNA; Pamela Slaton, investigative genealogist; Leah Larkin, …