FindMyPastDNA: a partnership between FindMyPast & LivingDNA

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FindMyPast partners with LivingDNA to launch the most detailed ancestry discovery experience.

  • Findmypast, in collaboration with Living DNA, has launched the most advanced biogeographical ancestry discovery experience on the market
  • This British brand partnership uses cutting-edge science to reveal users’ unique British and Irish heritage across 21 regions and is the first to connect DNA to Findmypast’s archive of more than 9 billion historical records
  • Findmypast and Living DNA’s combined service allows users to pinpoint exactly where in the UK their family roots come from and then use the findings to explore their family history in extensive archives
  • Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide

Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has launched their partnership with leading British DNA testing firm, Living DNA, to create a new biogeographical ancestry experience to help family historians explore their worldwide and British and Irish roots.

Available from today, the partnership combines science and history to allow people to explore their past in more depth than ever before possible. It uses Living DNA’s unique test employing cutting-edge science to provide a unique breakdown of 80 global regions, including 21 across Britain and Ireland. Exclusive to Living DNA, this method delivers a level of detail currently unmatched by any other DNA test available on the market.

The first of its kind service from Findmypast and Living DNA allows users to map their biogeographical heritage and make brand new discoveries about their family history, with access to Findmypast’s collection of over 9 billion historical records and newspaper articles, supporting the genetic expertise of Living DNA. After discovering where their British and Irish ancestors lived, genealogy enthusiasts will be directed towards the records they need to bring their ancestors’ stories to  life.

The new biogeographical DNA tests are available to purchase online from 12th November, RRP $89 (USD). Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast says, “At Findmypast we work to help each of our customers feel the thrill of making discoveries about themselves, their families and their roots. Our new DNA experience, powered by Living DNA, connected to Findmypast’s superior historical records, means more people around the world will be able to discover their biological links to the British Isles.”

David Nicholson, Co-founder of Living DNA also commented, “Our purpose is to make DNA testing simple. We’re passionate at not only providing cutting-edge ways of looking at your DNA, but to do so with strict privacy measures to protect your data. Our partnership allows the most precise DNA test on the market to work hand-in-hand with Findmypast’s family history records in a way not done before.”

As the only DNA test on the market to break down a person’s heritage into specific British and Irish regions and connect them with historical records, Findmypast DNA helps users to build a colourful picture of their roots. Whether you descend from Normans, Romans or Saxons, users can also access interactive maps showing the global movements of those who share their DNA, from 80,000 years ago all the way up to modern day.

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About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is the British-owned world leader in online family history with over 18 million registered users across its family of brands, which include Findmypast, Genes Reunited, the British Newspaper Archive and Twile.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is the home of the world’s most comprehensive online collection of British and Irish records, including:

  • The largest online collection of UK parish records
  • Twice the number of Irish records available on any other site
  • The British Library’s vast collection of historical newspapers
  • The exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical
  • records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

Findmypast is committed to making discoveries in the British Isles easier than ever before. It combines the best of British and Irish data with the knowledge of inhouse experts to provide a unique family history experience that guides researchers through every step of their journey. For more information on how Findmypast is enhancing the experiences of family historians worldwide, visit:

At Findmypast privacy is top priority. The business is dedicated to looking after personal information safely and securely, which is why Living DNA is the brand’s preferred DNA partner.

About Living DNA

Living DNA is a collaboration of over 100 world-leading scientists, academic researchers and genetic experts from across the globe with the purpose of bringing cutting-edge DNA technology to the world.

The founders of the company, David Nicholson and Hannah Morden, saw an opportunity to show humanity that we are all made up of all of us and dissolve the concept of race. Living DNA was launched in 2016 after two years of intensive development, but its parent company, DNA Worldwide Group, has been operating since 2004.

Living DNA is the only existing DNA test that shows a percentage breakdown of ethnicities from 80 worldwide regions, including 21 in the UK, and four each in Italy, China and the Americas among indigenous populations. Living DNA is also the first to allow users to view their “ancestry family” at different points in history. With a strong focus on privacy and security, the company never sells your data and you maintain control of your personal and genetic information at all times.


CONGRATS to MyHeritage – Oslo Conference


MyHeritage LIVE is happening in Oslo, Norway 2-4 Nov 2018. It’s their first ever users conference. Just look at the lineup of speakers – internationally renowned in the fields of genealogy and DNA. MyHeritage LIVE will feature lectures and hands-on workshops. The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Oslo, Norway. The hotel is located in the center of Oslo, near the Royal Palace. For the official conference schedule click here.

Keynote talks from Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, there will be genealogy and DNA lecture tracks and hands-on workshops to take you through MyHeritage tools and features step-by-step. If you have a specific question, our support staff will be on hand throughout to assist you.

Special evening events and lunches, included in your registration fee, will give you the chance to meet other MyHeritage users from around the world and mingle with MyHeritage staff and experts.

Ol’ Myrt here just received the following from Daniel Horowitz, the Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage:

We are just 8 days away from an exciting weekend in Oslo and I have good news to share with you. We are making the final arrangements to live stream the genealogy and DNA tracks online on the MyHeritage LIVE conference website, so please tune in from 9:00 a.m. Oslo time on 3 November. If you need help calculating the time difference to your local time zone, you can use Make sure to visit the conference website to see the full schedule and tune in at the time of the lecture to watch the live stream.

Here’s where to follow Daniel:

Here’s where to follow MyHeritage:

Cannot wait to hear from attendees using the conference hashtag: #MHLIVE2018



Mondays with Myrt – 22nd Oct 2018


As usual we discuss the latest genea-news that’s come across our desk including:

  • FindMyPast Fridays
  • Several New Books on Ireland
  • Map Guide to American Migration
  • Valerie & Myrt’s Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube Channel




Psychology Today
09:50:26 From Dave Robison:
09:51:08 From Cousin Russ to All panelists : .
09:58:04 From DearMYRTLE to All panelists : Findmypast Friday October 12th

10:00:50 From grahamwalter : Morning (afternoon/evening) All
10:01:15 From Doris Haskell : Good morning from Rock Springs, Wyoming.
10:01:31 From Deb Andrew : Good morning.
10:01:39 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : Good Morning!
10:04:06 From Deb Andrew : My step-sister ran away and married at the age of 12.
10:04:29 From Bill West : Good afternoon from chilly southeastern Massachusetts!
10:04:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : Good morning from a frosty Arkansas
10:05:51 From Liv Christensen to All panelists : Good evening from Bærum (close to Oslo), Norway. It has been a beautiful autumn day here.
10:06:50 From Liv Christensen : Will repeat it so the attendees can see it too: Good evening from Bærum (close to Oslo), Norway. It has been a beautiful autumn day here.

10:06:53 From Hilary Gadsby: Are we going to mention The Family Nexus beta on android?
10:07:50 From Molly McKinley : My grandmother’s first marriage was when she was 14. Her mother and step-father signed for her.
10:08:01 From grahamwalter : Nice day here too in London… very pleasant for this time of year 🙂
10:08:38 From Kathleen Daetsch : I think after you put it in your story you have to share it or no one will see it but you
10:09:36 From Vonda Heverly to All panelists : Stories only last 24 hours.
10:10:21 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : My FB has the My Stories on the right hand side of the screen between the timeline and who is online.
10:10:23 From Marian Koalski : Remember Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13-year-old cousin?
10:11:54 From Cousin Russ : NATIONAL ARCHIVES (US) Virtual Genealogy Fair
10:11:57 From Cousin Russ : .
10:12:49 From Cousin Russ : It’s Day #22 of “31 Days of Tips from The Archive Lady” and today I am talking about one of my favorite record sources “Vertical Files…What Are They?” Check it Out! #genealogy #archives —

German Residential Records
10:14:28 From Cousin Russ : German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany; Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2018; Soft Cover; 193 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-1-62859-214-6;
Map Guide to American Migration Routes
10:14:53 From Cousin Russ : Map guide to American migration routes, 1735-1815 by William Dollarhide
10:14:53 From Cousin Russ : .,
10:15:14 From Mary Lou Gravatt : Randy Seavers Are you still using We Remember at Anestry? You mentioned it several months ago.
10:16:07 From Randy Seaver : Mary Lou – I did several of them but haven’t done any more.

ValerieMyrt Excellent Genealogy Adventures

10:16:39 From Cousin Russ : Valerie Elkins & DearMYRTLE announce a joint venture
10:16:43 From Cousin Russ : .
10:17:35 From Randy Seaver : Do Valerie and Myrt need a butler?
10:19:50 From Hilary Gadsby : You have similar considerations that I had when I first came to RootsTech
10:20:36 From Dave Robison : Passport FYI Details:

10:21:23 From Deb Andrew : Years ago when my dh and I were moving to Australia, I had to get a passport. It was the first time I saw my original birth certificate. It had some very interesting info on it. Then when my daughter was born in Australia, she needed a passport as well. I remember my dh standing over her to take her picture for the passport. She was an infant but had a seperate one, so that she could travel with either parent.
10:21:39 From John Laws : It gonna be an adventure for me coming from not in Edinburgh Scotland
10:23:00 From John Laws : Also gonna try to RoosTech 2019 in London ExCel in October
10:24:57 From Melinda Culpon : Look at flights from Manchester to Norway as well – just more information for you
10:25:08 From Tony Proctor to All panelists : sorry, fighting with zoom. May have to just be a participant
RootsTech Generic10:25:55 From Cousin Russ :
10:27:40 From Hilary Gadsby :

10:28:56 From Cousin Russ : Chula Vista Genealogical Society
10:29:44 From Michele Jackson  : We have a small society here and we are trying a new lunch and learn series which I hope will help us but our fb group has thousands so the reach of social media for societies is super important, but you have to have something for them that interests them to pull them in
10:30:49 From John Laws : Ancestry continually offering DNA discounts in the US but exclude the UK
10:30:50 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have a question, if we can get to it, about DAR lineage books as evidence
10:33:17 From Deb Andrew : Remind them that sometime in the further they may be contacted by someone who is a NPE or are adopted.
10:33:36 From Sheryl Whisenhunt : Ancestry
10:33:57 From Betty-Lu Burton : Relative Race had a relative connection last week where the man on relative race was the connection needed for a lady who had been adopted out of his family
10:34:12 From Maureen Winski to All panelists : I just downloaded my Ancestry to MyHeritage for free
10:34:33 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : I can not see results.
10:34:34 From Pam Helm : i can see them
10:34:35 From Pamela Wells : I see it now and have voted, thank you
10:34:40 From Liv Christensen : Yes it is possible to go from Manchester to Norway, that is Oslo. But we might start the trip in Trondheim, because we are going to Surnadal which is 1-2 hours from Trondheim. If we start in Oslo, I would recommend taking the train to Trondheim, a 6 hours trip through the Gudbrandsdal and over the mountain plain Dovre. If you are lucky you might see the musk-ox
10:34:57 From Melinda Culpon : Found a new cousin – happy that worked out well
10:35:51 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have uploaded to MyHeritage
10:36:27 From Pamela Wells : Many years ago I used Sorensen who are now out of business, unfortunately!
10:36:45 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I have uploaded to GEDMatch and MyHeritage
10:36:58 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : oh, I’ve also uploaded to MyHeritage too. I didn’t answer that in my poll results though
10:37:06 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have also uploaded to genmatch also’
10:37:06 From cyndy Bray : Also uploaded to My Heritage and Gedmatch
10:37:21 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I did the Sorensen also.
10:37:28 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : i’ve uploaded to GEDmatch
10:37:33 From Rachel Evans to All panelists : I’ve had both my parents tested at Ancestry as well. Just uploaded their results to both myheritage and gedmatch. My mother, who is not interested in genealogy at all, wants to take another test somewhere else because of her low Italian on ancestry.
10:37:33 From Deb Andrew : All the kits I manage are on Gedmatch. That is around 55 kits.
10:37:38 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I’m not understanding the question.
10:37:57 From Pamela Wells : I use Gedmatch daily as I manage 23 DNA accounts for friends and family members.
10:38:16 From Launa Droescher to All panelists : I also did Sorenson test never received any results
10:38:18 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : I’ve uploaded 3 kits to Gedmatch, however I haven’t found anyone as yet.
10:38:19 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Andy
10:38:38 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : They are open about being public, and it’s not a problem for me. More cousins!!
10:38:48 From Pamela Wells : I personally have no problem with it since I have a DNA test out there anyway and it does solve crimes….
10:38:49 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Oops..

Andy is a supporter of GedMatch because it allows people to meet in the middle no matter which company they use.
10:38:52 From Randy Seaver : I don’t have a problem with that myself – if I had a criminal background I wouldn’t be using it.
10:39:00 From Kathleen Daetsch : I agree Dave
10:39:08 From Molly McKinley : Amen, Dave
10:39:23 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : Considering that my husband almost died of a genetic disease and if we had known about it before hand… well I’m in favor of it
10:39:23 From Randy Seaver : You do have to give consent
10:39:36 From Geoffrey Cooker to All panelists : PLEASE keep in mind that law enforcement must still adhere to the 4th and 5th amendments.
10:39:47 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : The criminal did not use GEDmatch. The investigators identified him with his cousins who were on GEDmatch.
10:39:52 From Sherry Wilmes to All panelists : Each of these companies can be sold to insurance companies. When federal and state laws prohibit use for discriminatory purposes, I would love to do it. They are not selling this for hobby purposes.
10:39:59 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : but yes it could negatively affect my kids
10:40:01 From Pam Helm : I agree with Dave.
10:40:24 From Betty-Lu Burton : Too many people have a false sense of what Privacy is. With Ged Match being voluntary there should be no problems. She matches living people through old fashion detective work using already public records
10:40:26 From Geoffrey Cooker to All panelists : A search warrant is ALWAYS the best policy when searching for information.
10:41:08 From Rebecca Williams : How do I say this? If you don’t want your information publicly available, then don’t put your results out there. No one is forcing you to put it out where other people can see and use it.
10:41:32 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Rebecca… I think you just did
10:43:01 From Rebecca Williams : There are those people who would put their DNA results on GED Match so that their criminal relative gets caught.
10:43:17 From Dave Robison : Pam mentioned Sorensen. I know they’re out of business but thought Ancestry bought the data base. I could be wrong.
10:44:14 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Here’s the thing. Now that DNA is out there, your cousins, your siblings, your aunts could be the individuals who are sharing their DNA, even if keep your DNA private. Many researchers are using the DNA to find those common ancestors and then go offline to do descendancy research to determine the link to those involved in crimes. So, even if you’re being private in your DNA usage, your extended family could be the reason the questionable ancestors are found.
10:44:18 From Pamela Wells : I discovered a half sister who is 4 mos older than I . We have met and loved my new Sis immediately.
10:44:19 From Louise Smith to All panelists : In theory, I don’t have any issues with DNA being considered public when an individual uploads their own DNA – I think of it as being no different than throwing away a cigarette or kleenex, etc. in a public garbage. I DO have an issue though with people being identified through DNA submitted by someone else. Ultimately, to allow this, we are changing the intention of existing legislation with respect to DNA evidence. However, that being said, I’m Canadian, AND I haven’t reviewed the wording of the existing legislation and any relevant cases
10:45:03 From Geoffrey Cooker : DNA on GEDMATCH also raises the question of a person’s expectation of privacy. If you put your DNA on a site such as GEDMATCH, you may be relinquishing your expectation of privacy. That’s where the constitutional issue comes in on this topic.
10:45:05 From Janet Iles : Living DNA does Y-DNA
10:45:25 From Louise Smith to All panelists : This, in my view, opens the door to more than we’re prepared for and it’s not particularly helpful to close the barn door after the horses have left the barn
10:45:50 From Devon Lee to All panelists : When you can’t find anyone yet, be patience. I didn’t find matches for 5 years!
10:45:56 From Randy Seaver : Upload your DNA results form another company to MyHeritage before 1 December – if you do it before then you can continue to use their free tools. If not, using the tools will cost a fee
10:46:11 From Kathleen Daetsch : But you don’t have to be retested on My Heritage you can upload to them
10:46:20 From John Laws : My 2nd cousin in South Africa Nicholas Laws has tested we share grt grandfather 1828-1891
10:46:21 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : And it I do agree with you, so this next comment is only by way of explanation, not to disagree with anyone. Genetic testing result aren’t necessarily private if you test within a healthcare setting. My husband and I are considering it for our two boys but in the future it could be held against them.
10:46:41 From Pamela Wells : I only wish my parents were alive today…my new sis was a product of a girlfriend my father had after he returned from WW II ….SO, be sure you are prepared for news that might be quite alarming to other family members.
10:47:24 From Marian Koalski : Does law enforcement do surveillance on suspects?
10:47:32 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : However then the boys would know for sure about their inherited clotting disorder.
10:47:35 From Marian Koalski : And their relatives?
10:47:53 From Dave Robison : Marian…Yes, that’s how they were able to get DNA samples for some of these criminals.
10:48:00 From Kathleen Daetsch : Same with me Russ
10:48:29 From Janet Iles : Living DNA gives the Haplogroup and subclade for the Y-DNA
10:48:47 From Hilary Gadsby : I am trying to persuade one of my 3rd cousins to upload to My Heritage as she has done Ancestry test and I have not but I am on My Heritage

10:49:55 From Cousin Russ : DNA testing comparisons
10:49:58 From Rachel Evans : I just noticed while using Chrome is ancestry shows if the person has an unlinked tree instead of no tree.
10:50:05 From Pamela Wells : Blaine Bettinger has a couple of great groups on Facebook to help people learn all about DNA
10:51:06 From Devon Lee to All panelists : The ethnicity results constantly change as new information comes to light. Ancestry just had an ethnicity result revamp.
10:51:07 From Molly McKinley : Almost all my paper is British Isles, but I showed up 30% Scandinavian. Must have had some sailors in the group! LOL
10:51:09 From Cousin Russ : DNA Central
10:51:20 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : Yes! Some people test thinking they will just learn their ethnicity. They are surprised to find cousin/close family matches.
10:51:29 From Pamela Wells : All of my DNA tests from, 23 & Me and myheritage have different ethnicity.
10:51:34 From Randy Seaver : I think law enforcement uses the matching tools, then does research on the family using genealogy tools, comes up with possible suspects, then tries to find more evidence that can compare to the DNA sample from the crime – using warrants and standard police work
10:52:11 From Deb Andrew : My grandmother was supposed to be 1/2 or 1/4 Native American. According to all the people tested from her direct line, no Native American. I also did the mtDNA test, still none. It took them forever to be able to see that is was a story that was handed down and not be true.
10:52:23 From Betty-Lu Burton : My Italian originally showed up as Iberian Peninsula and now shows up as Jewish. When I look at the historical maps I understand the why. The area of Italy my great grandparents came from was not settled by Italians
10:52:29 From Leah Smith : The Dana Leeds Method is a good way for newbies to begin working with matches. Very visual.

10:52:51 From Mary Lou Gravatt : I did my and my husband’s DNA to maybe break a brick wall for each of us.
10:52:51 From John Laws : Cos they have NOT followed the Paper trail
10:53:14 From DearMYRTLE : CeCe Moore – Genetic Genealogist
10:53:21 From Hilary Gadsby : I expected 100% English but have some NPE in my ancestry
10:53:44 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I think it’s from the marketing by the companies that drive the ethnicity results being the first reason peole test. I remember the MyHeritage Christmas campaign that was heavily about ethnicity not cousin matches.
10:53:54 From John Laws : Europe & GB had transient populations
10:53:57 From Geoffrey Cooker : You are correct, Randy Seaver. In the agency I work for, we would obtain a search warrant for anything that is not recognized as public domain. Basically, people using GEDMATCH should understand that they MAY not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because it is a website that is accessible by ANYONE.
10:53:59 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : I’ve never understood where they draw the line for heritage delinage because before someone was Irish they were from somewhere else?
10:54:14 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : Dave just made me laugh right out loud!!
10:54:16 From Betty-Lu Burton : People forget that Europe’s boundaries have changed some much over the years and hundreds years ago there was a major shift in population
10:54:29 From Pamela Wells : I have found the paper trail of your family tree along with your DNA tests run parallel in most of my DNA connections.
10:54:36 From Kathleen Daetsch : Yes
10:55:09 From Cousin Russ : CeCe Moore – Genetic Genealogist
10:55:42 From Randy Seaver : Geoff – I don’t think that any living person has been identified yet publicly as being THE match that caused an arrest. Those persons have been protected as far as I know. It could change, of course.
10:56:36 From Devon Lee to All panelists : Agreed about the separate DNA emails. We do this!
10:57:57 From Devon Lee to All panelists : QUESTION: If DNA is such a hot button, why are folks not upset about the ability to access various vital records? I obtained a birth record for someone born in 1930 who is still living. Additionally, the tax records are online.
10:58:48 From Kathleen Daetsch : I also use a profile name but my sons use their own name.
10:59:03 From Geoffrey Cooker : You’re correct, Randy. But the issue that seems to be hitting us in the law enforcement community is the invasion of the government into private information. DNA is an exciting option in genealogy and the internet is our generation’s “Wild West”, and mixing the two together raises some very interesting issues!
10:59:14 From Pamela Wells : The DNA Detectives group on Facebook lead by CeCe Moore is an excellent way to learn about DNA
10:59:36 From Devon Lee to All panelists : I’m not wanting things to change, it’s just that folks can access more of our ‘private’ informaiton than we realize in the US>
10:59:51 From Randy Seaver : They are all public records depending on state laws. I can get a “not for identification” record for births and deaths after 1905 in California, but I have pay about $20 for it.
11:00:46 From Randy Seaver : We are all in DMV, bank, credit card, criminal and court records many times – private detectives can find all of that quickly.
11:00:47 From Kathleen Daetsch : I’m in New York they are trying to change it. I think it is 70 now they want to make it over 100
11:00:49 From Nicole Smith to All panelists : It’s very difficult to get birth records in New York and New Jersey
11:02:16 From Devon Lee to All panelists : John… that’s hilarious.
11:02:39 From Michele Jackson to All panelists : In the mid 1990’s I remember watching my gram carefully cut up the envelopes that came in the mail so no one could get her address from the garbage…. I never did tell her about the internet.
11:02:47 From Marian Koalski : yes
11:03:13 From Devon Lee to All panelists : No, but I’m applying for the ‘other side’. UEL

11:04:03 From Cousin Russ : National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
11:04:22 From Danine Cozzens : Several lines of mine are “red flagged” now in the excellent DAR database. Those books are clues, not proof.
11:04:24 From Marian Koalski : They are not acceptable in themselves, but they have good clues. The public can buy images of the documentation from many members’ application, from DAR.ORG.
11:04:39 From Linda Jordan to All panelists : I want a record from a court case where my grand aunt was institutionalized before 1920. Still unable to get court case because of way state laws are written, even under freedom of information laws.
11:04:41 From Doris Haskell to All panelists : I have tried 4 times and been rejected.
11:05:09 From Marian Koalski : MANY members’ applications — not ANY.
11:05:12 From Rachel Evans : Kathleen NYC just passed 125 for births, 75 for deaths.
11:06:10 From Kathleen Daetsch : If you buy them do you get the documents
11:06:11 From Rachel Evans : Yep. Especially since a majority of my family is NYC
11:07:04 From Cousin Russ : DNA Central
11:07:20 From grahamwalter : UK Birth certificates – come GRO website “The only restriction is that under Identity Fraud legislation you must know the full details of the person (including full date of birth and parents names) for any birth that occurred within the past 50 years.”

11:07:32 From Cousin Russ : Blaine Bettinger’s Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques Facebook Group
11:07:43 From Rachel Evans : Kathleen, Joshua Taylor posted about it with more information here
The Polish Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide
11:08:25 From Cousin Russ : The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe
11:08:28 From Marian Koalski : Has anyone seen Kenyatta Berry’s new book yet?
11:08:35 From Maria Tegtmeier to All panelists : Yay. Happy to be hear.
11:08:40 From Marian Koalski : Yay!

The Family Tree Toolkit by Kenyatta
11:08:41 From Cousin Russ : The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy
11:09:41 From Randy Seaver : also instant frustration…

IRELAND guide to Tipperary
11:09:52 From Cousin Russ : A Guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors

IRELAND guide to Leitrim

11:09:58 From Cousin Russ : Guide to Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors

11:10:03 From Cousin Russ : Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. Fourth Edition
11:10:46 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Nathan  Goodwin has a new book coming out on 11 November the first in a new series. Ghost Swifts, Blue Poppies and the Red Star (Mrs McDougall Investigates Book 1) Kindle Edition.
11:13:52 From Danine Cozzens : Operator error!

11:14:10 From bjanvier to All panelists : Are you going to be holding a new GenLaw Study Group? [NOTE: You’ll find the link to the playlist of DearMYRTLE’s GenLaw Study Group videos here: ]

11:14:39 From Danine Cozzens : Trackpad fumble as I capture all the excellent links…
11:15:01 From Cousin Russ :
11:15:01 From Cousin Russ : .
11:15:19 From Cousin Russ : From last week which I can talk about
11:17:50 From grahamwalter : Women’s Vote (UK) 1918 enfranchised women over the age of 30 who were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register. 1928: Women received the vote on the same terms as men (over the age of 21) as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1928.
11:18:11 From grahamwalter : sorry – no mic connected
11:18:54 From Randy Seaver : FMP also has collections from the parish records for many counties of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials that are more extensive than the IGI. They were very useful in my “This is Your Ancestry” study for the local politician
11:24:49 From Devon Lee : I remember that program. It was fun but not as fun as today
11:25:51 From Hilary Gadsby : You can also see if the family may have stayed in a particular part of the county by looking at where the parishes were in relation to each other.
11:27:53 From Betty-Lu Burton : I still have several printouts from the IGI microfiche
11:27:58 From Hilary Gadsby : Some of the transcriptions have occupation of the father.
11:28:07 From Randy Seaver : Our Chula Vista library had a whole collection of IGI in the early 1990s on microfiche out in public until some fiche were stolen so they hid it in a locked room and nobody knew we had it.
11:28:31 From grahamwalter : can’t find the mic!!
11:29:20 From grahamwalter : I do but can’t find the box it’s in!
11:29:26 From Geoffrey Cooker : Thank you for an interesting discussion!
11:29:30 From Kathleen Daetsch : Thank you for answering my question.
11:30:01 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for the wonderful presentations!
11:30:14 From Cousin Russ : NATIONAL ARCHIVES (US) Virtual Genealogy Fair
11:31:11 From Pamela Wells : Zoom is terrific!
11:31:11 From Kathleen Daetsch : I think it is wonderful
11:31:25 From grahamwalter : have a good day everyone
11:32:01 From Devon Lee : I did want to try the mic and video if possible
11:32:41 From Rachel Evans : I will have to eventually dig my mic out of a box somewhere
11:32:58 From grahamwalter : no direct connections to the hotels
11:34:28 From grahamwalter : can you hire a motability scooter?
11:35:15 From Deb Andrew : You sound like me. When I leave the house I take the stick as well.
11:35:29 From grahamwalter : NEC website- motability scooters for hire
11:35:32 From grahamwalter :
11:35:50 From grahamwalter : yep
11:35:59 From grahamwalter : scroll down
11:36:12 From grahamwalter : i’m looking 🙂
11:44:34 From Deb Andrew : You go girl!
11:50:23 From grahamwalter : Catch you next time

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For future reference, this is the link to DearMYRTLE’s Event Calendar –

Here’s the link to the GeneaWebinars Blog & Calendar of other genealogy webinars, chats and hangouts –

Most DearMYRTLE Webinars are embedded in a Myrt’s Musings blog post, along with selected comments and links we mention.


ARCHIVED: Aggregating DNA results & RootsFinder personal trees

WW Rootsfinder

Faced with questions about how to aggregate DNA test results from multiple sites into our traditional genealogy software, Ol’ Myrt invited Dallan Quass to share how this is possible with RootsFinder.



RootsFinder screen shot 2018

Find out more from Dallan Quass about the online personal family tree at

19:07:10 From Patricia Greber : The DNA features are great! And always evolving
19:07:29 From Pat Richley-Erickson : Deb – let’s let him explain things first.
19:07:59 From Pat Richley-Erickson to All panelists : RootsFinder is found at
19:08:01 From Pat Richley-Erickson to All panelists : .
19:09:45 From Cousin Russ : RootsFinder is found at
19:12:10 From Deb Andrew : Love your site.
19:12:15 From Cousin Russ : RootsFinder DNA Tools

19:16:18 From Cousin Russ : DNAGedcom
19:18:08 From Louis Kessler : DNA Gedcom User Group

19:18:52 From Cousin Russ : Pedigree Thief (to get your MyHeritage DNA test results)

19:40:32 From Patricia Greber : I am a visual person so using Roots Finder has been so helpful!
19:40:43 From Bev Anderson  : Love it
19:40:45 From Jennifer Franklin : Very helpful already
19:41:02 From Betty-Lu Burton : it would help me
19:41:02 From Patricia Greber : I struggle with some of the import tools like DNAGedcom
19:41:26 From Molly McKinley : I like the idea. I get so confused looking the details with no understanding.
19:41:32 From gloriac : Looks good and certainly couldn’t hurt!

19:41:41 From Jennifer Franklin to All panelists : dnagedcom desktop client required
19:41:44 From Cousin Russ :
19:41:48 From Kathleen Daetsch : Yes It looks like it will make it easier especially having all the groups in one place

19:42:37 From Cousin Russ : Pedigree Thief

19:43:07 From Ray Clark to All panelists : This is a HUGE benefit, ask Dallan to please show the Matches circle.
19:45:27 From Kathleen Daetsch : I have matches on GEDmatch and I have matches on ancestry and I have other matches on MyHeritage. Will they all come together here?
19:45:43 From Patricia Greber : Thanks!

19:45:49 From Louis Kessler : Can Dallan tell us about the tree, and how the hints to the online companies work?
19:51:51 From Karen Melis : Is this easier than genomate pro?
19:52:44 From Kathleen Daetsch : That is what I was getting at I have three different places and this would combine them

19:55:16 From Deb Andrew : By using the DNA tools on Rootsfinder, I’ve found connections to at least two different people, who you wouldn’t consider as a relative in the family.
19:57:12 From Karen Melis : Is the tree only on my computer or online [Note from Myrt – only online, but backed up 3 different ways by RootsFinder.]
19:57:41 From Kathleen Daetsch : I was at the New York Municipal archives yesterday, had to look at a death certificate.
19:58:17 From Melissa Barker : That is awesome Kathleen, Thank You for using one of our wonderful archives!
20:04:49 From Deb Andrew : What resolution size is best for the profile picture. [96dpi for web.]

20:12:42 From Heather Henderson : thanks so much for inviting us, Myrt! hugs back to you!
20:13:32 From Kathleen Daetsch : You know the Death certificates online do not have all the information from the original.
20:13:47 From Heather Henderson : THANKS! See you soon!
20:14:04 From Deb Andrew : Thanks for coming.
20:14:24 From Heather Henderson : yes! absolutely!

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COMMENT AFTER the webinar at

Seattle: Unlock the Past pre-cruise conference adds virtual component

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was provided by Alan Phillips who sponsors Unlock the Past Cruises for genealogists. Mr. Myrt and I will attend this all day pre-cruise conference in person Seattle before we board ship for our Alaska adventure. Now non-travelers may attend the pre-cruise conference virtually. 

Unlock the Past in Seattle with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson LIVESTREAM

DNA  |  Irish research |  Genealogy and the Little Ice Age | The hidden web: digging deeper

Adelaide, South Australia, 14 August 2018 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces that the Unlock the Past in Seattle full-day two-stream conference (previously announced) will now also be available to watch live online – and for a limited time after as a series of 10 recorded webinars.

Date & time: Thursday 6 September 2018, 9am-5pm (Pacific Daylight Time)


– watch in your own home – from anywhere in the world
– attend in person at Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA


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– US$65 – Unlock the Past in Seattle Livestream

– US$45 – attend in-person at Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
– US$20 – upgrade from in-person attendance to add access all 10 recorded sessions after

The program will feature 10 presentations in two streams – a DNA stream and an Irish/general stream

The presenters – see also presenters page

  • BLAINE BETTINGER (USA) – Blaine is a professional genealogist specialising in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist and the books The family tree guide to DNA testing and Genetic genealogy.
  • DR MAURICE GLEESON (UK) – Maurice was voted Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015 (SurnameDNA Journal) and Rockstar Genealogist, Ireland 2016 (Anglo-Celtic Connections). He runs a variety of Y-DNA Surname projects and organises the DNA Lectures at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.
  • CYNDI INGLE (USA) – Cyndi is the creator and owner of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorised index to more than 333,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was voted the best genealogy site.
  • WAYNE SHEPHEARD (Canada) – A retired geologist, Wayne now spends most of his time on family history research. This has resulted in the pioneering publication Surviving Mother Nature’s tests: The effects climate change and other natural phenomena have had on the lives of our ancestors.

Details and bookings –

About Unlock the Past
Australian based Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online. Since 2010 Unlock the Past has run over 130 events, including expos, roadshows, regional seminars, history and genealogy cruises around the world – even Australia’s first ever battlefield tour. They’ve published over 100 guide books and handy guides for researchers, all of them offered in print and ebook editions.