Family Tree DNA Launches New Learning Center

Originally posted on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy:

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Family Tree DNA has launched a new Learning Center.  Meant to be much more comprehensive and interactive than their previous FAQs, with everything available in one centralized place, the new Learning Center encompasses a blog, the former FAQs, Webinar information including currently scheduled and archived past Webinars available,  FTDNA’s Forum, a link to group projects, Users Guides, Group Administrator Guides and tools, a glossary, links to scientific papers and more.

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In fact, the site is so comprehensive that there is even a tutorial about how to utilize the Learning Center.

One of the best aspects of the Learning Center is that it’s fully searchable.  Just as a test, and because I’m a skeptic, I typed the word “heteroplasmy” into the search field.  This term, if you’re not familiar, is a relatively obscure term for mitochondrial DNA.  About 2% of the people who take a full sequence test will have a heteroplasmic mutation…

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GENCOM MARCH 23, 2014 MEETING INFORMATION

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GENCOM MARCH 2, 2014 MEETING INFORMATION

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM GENCOM

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FAMILY TREE DNA TEST SALE

FAMILY TREE DNA TEST SALE!FTDNA DNA TEST SALEFor the remainder of the year FTDNA has a sale on their Y-DNA and Full mtDNA tests.  You can get details and order the tests at this website http://www.familytreedna.com/products.aspx.  If you have any questions about these tests email me or call me at (318) 773-7406.

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GENFEST 2013 IS CLOSE!!!!!!

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RIVERS OF THE UNITED STATES MAP

If you are a genealogist you have to love maps – all kinds.  One of my favorite type of maps is one that shows rivers.  One of the neatest programs around that does this is “Streamer” Rivers of the United States Map.

The Streamer map shows all of the rivers of the United States and allows you to zoom in and out on a specific river and to trace the course of the river either upstream or downstream.  This program is located on the National Atlas website  http//nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html.

The map below is an upstream trace of the Mississippi River, which shows all of the rivers and streams that make up the watershed of the Mississippi River.

The map below is a downstream trace of the Red River from it’s beginning as Little Red River just East of Silverton, Texas to where it empties into the Atchafalaya River and then into the Gulf of Mexico.

You may ask, “Why is this type of map important to genealogists?”  As genealogy researchers we need to remember that our ancestors did not have the means of travel that we enjoy today.  One of the major means of transportation in the United States and Colonial America before trains, automobiles and airplanes was the rivers.  How did your ancestors travel to the places they resided?

One of my roadblocks in my research has been to determine the route my fourth great grandfather, Hugh Jones, took from Orange County, Virginia to Anson County, North Carolina where he met and married my fourth great grandmother Lydia White Jones.  My assumption for many years had been that he left home at a young age and traveled the “Fall Line” Road to an area on the border of North and South Carolina near Anson County.  Several of his older brothers and sisters move to a location in North Carolina called “Happy Valley” on the banks of the Yadkin River near Lenoir and Wilkesboro, NC following the Revolutionary War.  The road that they used was probably the “Upper Road”which was West of the “Fall Line” road.  After seeing the route of the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers on this map, I wonder, did Hugh come to the northern part of North Carolina with his brothers and sisters and then decide to move on South to greener pastures?  This map shows that it would not have been difficult to make this move and  this idea has opened up new research possibilities for me to use to break through this brick wall.

I love using maps to do my genealogy research and this is one of the greatest map tools that I have seen.

Happy ancestor hunting.

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