An increasing number of companies offering DNA analysis may increase the interest in genetic and genealogical research, says Diahan Southard.…
An increasing number of companies offering DNA analysis may increase the interest in genetic and genealogical research, says Diahan Southard.
That’s a good thing, the distinguished genetic genealogical consultant told dozens of all saturdays on the Allen County Public Library. But budding genealogists should also be careful when choosing a company to analyze their genetic markers, she said.
“There are many companies out there saying,” Hello, give us your information, “said Southard.” They are not all well-reputed. Be careful. “
Southard became the” bite of DNA buggan “at high school, according to her website, earned a degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University in Utah and was among the first researchers to study the relationship between genetics and genealogy. She writes for genealogical publications and presented on a podcast dedicated to research.
In four lectures that tended mostly Saturday, she helped dozens of participants learn more about genealogy and how those who want to know more about their family stories can use DNA analysis from trusted companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
The first lecture ̵
1; “Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best DNA Matches” – outlined how companies use DNA samples provided by users to provide information about nationalities and possible matches with common relatives All information is based on audio science, says Southard, but every company approaches The analysis is different and may give some different information.
For example, 23andMe can limit nationalities to more countries in Europe than some of the other companies.  “There are more companies involved in this,” said Southard. “And it’s amazing. I’m all about doing this.”
Genetics crossing is one that has become popular in recent years, as companies have made DNA analysis easier and cheaper. MIT Technology Review – A technology website powered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – reported in February that people who tested their DNA using direct-to-consumer kits doubled in 2017 to over 12 million.
The test ranges from about $ 60 to about $ 100.
“Most of the tested are in the United States, indicating that about 1 in 25 American adults now have access to personal genetic data – a figure that can spur a series of new genetic analysis services, “reported the website. 19659002] One of those who have used the trend is Patrick Deady, who attended the morning lecture and said he has done genealogical research for about a decade. Fort Wayne residents had also analyzed DNA and found a surprise.
“Probably the most exciting was I got a cousin in New Zealand,” he said.
Since then, he has visited his newest discovered family member and regularly texts and video chats with the cousin.
“It has been a great thing to happen,” said Deady.