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The IAJGS Conference 2017 - Blog entry by lkessler - 31 Jul 2017

I’ve returned from Orlando after the week-long #IAJGS2017 (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) Conference on Jewish Genealogy. This was my 8th International genealogy conference, my first being RootsTech 2012, but it was my first IAJGS Conference. The venue was The Swan ...

DMT Version 1.5.1 and IAJGS and DMT Workshop - Blog entry by lkessler - 18 Jul 2017

I fixed a few bugs in Double Match Triangulator that I found while preparing for my workshop at the IAJGS Conference on Monday. I also changed DMT to display people ordered by longest segment rather than total segments, and released it as Version 1.5.1. I’m looking forward to giving the workshop. We’re ...

Match Categories at FamilyTreeDNA - Blog entry by lkessler - 14 Jul 2017

One option I didn’t realize existed at FamilyTreeDNA until Jay Sage alerted me. You can selectively hide or show the people whose matches are deemed “Immediate”, “Close”, “Distant” or “Speculative”. Here’s Jay’s instructions: In the upper-right corner of the home screen, mouse over the ...

A Pet Peeve - Say the Words: “GEDCOM” and “GEDmatch” - Blog entry by lkessler - 10 Jul 2017

It is very true. The English language is full of inconsistencies. And one of these inconsistences is the pronunciation of the letter “G”. There is the hard “G”, as in: great, gallop, flying, guppy and goat. And there is the soft “G”, as in gentle, giraffe, gem or gymnasium. Hard “G”s ...

Do you #Genchat? - Blog entry by lkessler - 7 Jul 2017

Is it true genealogists have more fun? Unfortunately I had to miss #genchat on Twitter last night. The questions and answers this week were about DNA testing, starting with MRCAs and then branching out. For those of you who do not know what #genchat is, it is a genealogy based Twitter chat that happens every ...

The Pickholtz-Diamond Index of DNA Ashkenazi Jewishness - Blog entry by lkessler - 4 Jul 2017

Some of the least reliable information provided by DNA tests are the ethnicity percentages, also called admixtures. After getting my and my uncle’s DNA test results, I posted my ethnicity results. Our Ashkenazi Jewish percentages came in at 79% and 89% at FamilyTreeDNA and my result came in at 83.8% at ...

False Small Segment Matches at GEDmatch - Blog comment by lkessler - 3 Jul 2017

Note: Several excellent comments were made on Facebook for this post:

False Small Segment Matches at GEDmatch - Blog entry by lkessler - 2 Jul 2017

I just happened to come across a post by Patricia Greber which showed the back of her T-shirt that she made to wears at genealogy conferences. Her shirt shows her family names and GEDmatch kit number and asks: “Are we related?” Patricia obviously wants other genealogists to see this, so I checked with her ...

Back From Vacation - Blog entry by lkessler - 20 Jun 2017

I had a wonderful two week vacation with my family at Disney World in Florida. I don’t know if I’d call it relaxing, because it was non-stop go-go-go. Here’s one of the many amusing items from the Haunted Mansion for my genealogy friends: So it’s back to try again to finish version 1.3 of Behold and ...

My Heritage DNA scam - Forum post by lkessler in Questions and Answers - 4 Jun 2017

Unfortunately, the companies find many people purchase DNA tests specifically for their ethnicity results. So they greatly advertise this and get testers. Some get good information. Others don't. This is not a science but is an approximate art. They should at least be telling you this in advance ... but then, ...