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HGF DNA Interest Group (DIG) – GEDmatch Tier 1 and Genesis Tools
June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
GEDmatch Tier 1 and Genesis Tools
Bayland Community Center
Houston, TX 77074
We began our last session by considering the post from the Family Curator that Living DNA will start offering testing of DNA from old letters by the end of the year. If this works out and eventually becomes available at affordable price points, the impact on genetic genealogy could be very great. We then had a great discussion around the use of GEDmatch data in the case of the Golden State Killer and the overall issue of using genealogical data for non-genealogical purposes. The publicity around this case and the new concerns it raised about DNA testing reinforces the requirement to obtain informed consent before we persuade folks to be tested or upload their data files to websites such as GEDmatch, a topic we have discussed several times before.
In this June session, we’ll get back to DNA tools by briefly reviewing the free GEDmatch tools we covered in a previous meeting and then examining the GEDmatch fee-based Tier 1 tools and the new GEDmatch Genesis developments. We’ll also show how DNA segment data from GEDMatch is used in DNAPainter to group segments and possibly assign them to shared ancestors.
If time permits, we’ll finish by summarizing our results in a McGuire Diagram showing the amounts of shared DNA and family relationships.
Information about the HGF DNA Interest Group (DIG), copies of the slides from the previous session, and annotated references with links to additional DNA resources are given on the HGF web page for the DNA Interest Group.
If you have any questions about the DIG, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org