“Third-Party Tools for Genetic Genealogists”
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Receiving your results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA is just the first step in your DNA journey. Understanding and applying the results of Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA tests can be extremely challenging. Although the testing companies provide a mix of various tools for analyzing test results, there remains an ever-growing demand for tools and applications that the testing companies don’t offer to genealogists. Several programmers have stepped up to fill that demand, creating excellent third-party tools that help us wring every bit of information from our DNA test results.
Together we will explore some of the third-party tools that are currently available to genealogists, including how to use them to advance your research. We’ll also cover some of the most advanced third-party tools, including phasing tools, the Tier 1 tools at GEDmatch (Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation), and the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA) tool at DNAGedcom.
These are just a few of the third-party tools we will discuss during this course:
- Kitty Cooper’s Segment Mapper
- Full Genomes
- David Pike’s Utilities
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. For the past eight years, it has been his mission to bridge the gap between traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy. He has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers. An update to the ebook is in the works.
Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.
- Session One: “Introduction and GEDmatch I”: Learn about some of the great free tools at GEDmatch, including One-to-Many, One-to-One, ethnicity calculators, and more.
- Session Two: “GEDmatch II and DNA.Land”: Learn about some of the advanced tools at GEDmatch, including the Tier 1 tools (Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation), and take a look at the new kid on the block, DNA.Land.
- Session Three: “DNAGedcom”: Take an in-depth look at all the tools available at DNAGedcom, including finally figuring figure out how to use the ADSA (Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer) tool!
- Session Four: “The Third-Party Tool Panoply”: Receive an introduction to other great tools like Kitty Cooper’s Segment Mapper, David Pike’s Utilities, and Full Genomes.