Last week, I looked at the current state of research into my ancestors – focusing on my assembled DNA evidence. (This is a modification of Yvette Hoitink’s original Level-Up Challenge for genealogy research). Here, I'll walk through the steps I take to bring my genetic genealogy research to the next level. My goal for this process... Continue Reading →
The Level-Up Challenge – For DNA Evidence
Last week I wrote about taking Yvette Hoitink’s Level-Up Challenge for my genealogy research, which pushed me to clarify what I know about my ancestors and helped me focus my research moving forward. As I mentioned in that post, though, when I classified my ancestors at different levels based on how thoroughly I’ve researched them... Continue Reading →
Research Check-In: How Complete Are My Trees?
I’m starting this year by checking in on my tree completeness. Why am I doing this? While it can be nice to keep tabs on genealogy research progress, and I like a good set of statistics as much as the next person, it’s more than just curiosity. For any research project, it’s useful to start... Continue Reading →
How much DNA in FIRs (Fully Identical Regions) do relatives share?
Note: see here for a collection of links to Sim-cM-related pages. When we find a DNA match between two people, one way we can attempt to understand their relationship is to evaluate the amount of DNA shared. Resources such as The Shared cM Project, and DNA Painter’s relationship probability tool allow us to quickly evaluate the likelihood... Continue Reading →
Using Sim-cM to Evaluate DNA Evidence
Sim-cM is a project set up to simulate shared DNA data for relationships of genealogical interest and to make the results freely available. So, what should we do with these results?
Sim-cM: An Update
A couple of weeks ago, I introduced Sim-cM - a project aiming to provide data from simulated pedigrees for different relationships of genealogical interest. I have now added more data, with results posted for 66 different relationships (including all of those listed in the Shared cM Project Version 3.0). For each relationship, I have included:... Continue Reading →
A New Project: Sim-cM
I've been working on a project to simulate pedigrees and calculate the amounts of DNA shared between pairs of computer-generated relatives in different relationships. Using the Ped-sim Pedigree Simulator,1 I've generated data for eight relationships so far, with 10,000 simulated pairs of relatives apiece. The main page for Sim-cM has summaries of the results that... Continue Reading →
DNA & A Question of Paternity: Part 8 – Analysis with a new match
In search of information to clear up the uncertain paternity of “Bob,” I analyzed various records and DNA results for Bob and his genetic matches and came up with a list of four possible candidates for Bob’s father. There were no plans to make contact with genetic matches or their family members for targeted DNA... Continue Reading →
DNA & A Question of Paternity: Part 7 – Bringing the evidence together
For the past several weeks, I’ve been describing a project for which I used various types of analysis to attempt to clarify the uncertain paternal ancestry of someone I’m calling “Bob” (all names in these posts have been changed for privacy). In this post, I’ll summarize the results of the analyses in the previous posts... Continue Reading →
DNA & A Question of Paternity: Part 6 – Statistically testing hypothetical relationships
To predict the most likely locations for someone in a family tree (relative to DNA matches with a common ancestor), I've used the What Are The Odds? Tool to thoroughly test hypothetical trees and determine more or less likely relationships. As a complement to documentary research of a family, this has helped me narrow down paternal candidates for someone with uncertain genetic ancestry.