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Friday, June 21, 2019

CSUF exhibit answers questions about DNA testing and how it works

The Orange County Register ran an article yesterday on the human DNA exhibit that member, Colleen Greene, marketing& digital literacy librarian, and non-member,  Robert Tomaszewski, science & engineering librarian at Pollak Library at Cal State, Fullerton gave an exhibition on DNA. The exhibit explains the concepts behind those popular DNA tests, takes some of the mystery out of the reports, and illustrates difference uses cases. For more on the article please hit here




Are ancestry DNA tests private? What you're giving away with a tube of spit


Commercial DNA tests can help you learn about your family, but they also expose you and your relatives to a vast industry that wants to read your genes.

Read in Global News: https://apple.news/AxLAA4wv8QveII-tp5kEo7w

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Finding Your Roots: How To Trace Your Ancestry Through DNA Testing


This story originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of ESSENCE When Victoria Walker bought a DNA testing kit in December 2017, it was to join her family in finding out more about their ancestry. Growing up with a great-aunt who had been the family historian for decades, Walker, a Washington, D.C., attorney, already knew a few details about her mother’s side. She knew, for example, that her mother’s family hailed from Louisiana, but beyond that, the geography was sketchy. “I probably knew no

Read in ESSENCE: https://apple.news/AKFyzyGSXTrq7owSQQUD3ZQ

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Updated list of events from John Schmal

The chart below and the attached announcements show the presentations that have
been scheduled in the next few months. They include presentations on Indigenous
Mexico and Mexican Genealogy, but also new presentations about the early settlement of
Southern California. 

Date
Location
Title
June 1, 2019
Los Angeles Family History Center – 1: P.M.
The Wonderful Diversity to Indigenous Mexico
June 15, 2019
Los Angeles Family History Center – 1: P.M.
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
June 28, 2019
Westchester Church of Jesus Church of Latter-Day Saints: Family History Discovery Day –
11: 10 A.M. – 12:10 A.M.
The Wonderful Diversity to Indigenous Mexico
Aug. 3, 2019
Southern California Genealogical Society Library – 11: AM
The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)
Aug. 17, 2019
Downtown Los Angeles Public Library – Genealogy Dept.
(11: AM – 12:30 P.M.)
Indigenous Mexico Workshop for the Genealogy Garage
Sept. 21, 2019
Camarillo Public Library Community Room (Ventura County Genealogical Society) – starting at 1: P.M.
            The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790) and
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
Oct. 5, 2019
Canoga Park Branch — 3:15 P.M.
The San Fernando Valley: The Hispanic Experience (1781-1850)
Nov. 8, 2019
Orange Family History Center –
10: A.M.
Indigenous Northeastern Mexico: Ancestors of the Tejanos
Jan. 11, 2020
Pomona Public Library – 2: PM
German Genealogy and History

Monday, June 17, 2019

A DNA Test may not automatically overcome a Brick Wall situation

This article first appeared in Genealogy's Star and we are highlighted some of the article, but to read it hit here

The term "brick wall" as used in the genealogical sense refers to an end-of-line situation where the next generation ancestor or even some other relative cannot be easily found. Of course, this could be the researcher's parent or parents but in most cases, it is one or more of a more distant ancestor or relative. As a side note, I think the term is very inappropriate as it implies that some external force is preventing you from finding a particular person. There is a huge body of writings and videos on the subject of overcoming genealogical brick walls, See "The Ultimate Genealogical Brick Wall Buster" for example.

Lately, with the increased interest in genealogical DNA testing, there are numerous examples of articles, advertisements, and other media mentions about finding the "long lost ancestor." Most of these deal with reunions between members of close biological families, i.e. finding parents or siblings. However, there is an undercurrent of articles about solving complex genealogical mysteries, i.e. brick walls, using DNA tests.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ancestry Surpasses 15 Million DNA Customers

AncestryDNA is thrilled to celebrate a groundbreaking Ancestry milestone with all of its customer: more than 15 million customers have received DNA results!
They are honored to have played a role in empowering the journeys of personal discovery for over 15 million people around the world through AncestryDNA, it is a true sign of how deeply important it is for people to connect and learn about their past. But this is just the beginning. As the network continues to grow, they can deliver even more value to their members, including more granular insights about heritage and compelling new paths to learn about ourselves using genetics. For more of this article go to here.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The dangers of the government's DNA testing program


We must recognize the DNA testing program for what it is, writes Vera Eidelman: yet another attempt by the Trump administration to intimidate and deter asylum seekers. It miscasts individuals seeking asylum at the border as criminals.

Read in CNN: https://apple.news/Aue3Ui4VbRb-6ofQKhl9XgA