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23 Ways To Be a PITA

Jim Jones:

At our GENCOM DNA Special Interest Group meetings, I have been asked several times how to correspond with your matches on your DNA results. On her blog, Roberta Estes lists twenty three ways not to correspond or respond to your matches. Even though she lists the “Do Nots” you can probably pick up many hints about how to properly communicate.

Originally posted on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy:

PITA No, not PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but PITA – Pain In The Arm….yes….arm…what are you thinking???

For most people, being a PITA doesn’t come naturally….so you might need some help knowing how to be one, or perhaps perfecting your PITA skills.  Yes, in case you’re wondering….my tongue is firmly implanted in my cheek.

For genetic genealogists, there are special ways to be a PITA.  Let me share some of these with you, just so you can fine tune and add to your PITA skills.

First and maybe the best ways to be a PITA, right off the bat.

1. Send e-mails with no subject or punctuation and an indecipherable topic, especially to someone you’ve never communicated with before.  Here’s an example.  You can just copy and paste this and send it to anyone you want to irritate or confuse.

“i would love to have any information you…

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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.

Here’s an excerpt:

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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GENCOM NOVEMBER MEETING INFORMATION

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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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