UPDATED -Time’s Running Out to Upload DNA to MyHeritage for Free- deadline extended to 15 Dec 2018

Time's running out! Only 15 days left to Upload DNA to MyHeritage for FREE!   This is our last chance to transfer Autosomal DNA tests from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and Living DNA to MyHeritage for FREE, to be grandfathered in to free ethnicity estimates, use of the chromosome browser, and some other features.   Deadline Announcement On December 1, 2018, MyHeritage extended their free transfer policy for 2 weeks. The last day for DNA transfers is Saturday, 15 December 2018. After that, MyHeritage will no longer accept free transfers. Here's a quote from their most recent blog:

We have just extended our deadline for free DNA uploads to December 16, 2018. As of this date, our policy regarding DNA uploads will change. DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features will require an extra payment for DNA results uploaded after this date.

Prior to this, the last day for transfers…
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Quick & Dirty Family Trees for DNA Matches

Genealogists often build Quick & Dirty family trees (Q&D trees) for DNA matches who don't have linked family trees or for DNA matches whose trees aren't complete enough to help determine the family relationship.   I don't have the patience to build a tree for each tree-challenged DNA match, so I use a shortcut.  


I'm a hobbyist. My husband is a professional in the industry. Professional Genealogists probably consider this a very low-brow method partially because I'm using a public family tree that I didn't personally research and because the FamilySearch tree will have errors. When I research with my husband, he hands me a stack of these papers and tells me, "Document everything, especially failures." This isn't that; it's not original research. That's why the title includes the words "find" and "quick and dirty." I ain't doing the work. To some pros, this method is akin to dum…

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Do the Math – How Many Ancestors Do I Have?

Sometimes you just need a simple answer to the question:   How many ancestors do I have?   There's a mathematical formula for figuring out how many ancestors you have at each generation. x=2n  

x is the number of direct-line, biological ancestors you have;

n is the generation back from you.

So, one generation back, x=2¹ or x=2, you have 2 ancestors, your biological parents. You may also have adopted parents, step-parents,  etc, but for the purpose of DNA matches, we're concerned with biological ancestors you may have inherited DNA from. As a general rule, this formula shows the largest number of ancestors you could have.

At some point, you'll have pedigree collapse and this formula no longer applies, but it works well for the limited number of generations we examine in most of our family history work.

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