DNA Resources

The following blogs are primarily about genetic genealogy and are a wealth of information:
Cece Moore blogs at Your Genetic Genealogist
Blaine Bettinger blogs at The Genetic Genealogist
Roberta Estes blogs at DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
Kitty Munson Cooper blogs at Kitty Cooper's Blog
Leah Larkin blogs at The DNA Geek
Jim Bartlett blogs at segment-ology
Diahan Southard is Your DNA Guide
Judy Russell blogs about DNA on Sundays at The Legal Genealogist. One good one of Judy's is DNA basics for a sound foundation (from January 2017)

"Can I Transfer my autosomal DNA data from company A to site B?" Read Autosomal DNA Transfers at The DNA Geek
Also DNA Testing and Transfers at DNAExplained.

Webinars/Videos about DNA:
Legacy Family Tree Webinars has 26 recorded webinars about DNA as of May 2017. Update: They have 54 recorded webinars as of September 2018 and several of them are free! As of March 2020, they have 159 recorded webinars. Another Update (as of September 2020): Legacy Family Tree Webinars now has 190 recorded webinars about DNA.

If you subscribe, you can view any of them at any time. If you don't subscribe, you can still search for a few of the free ones and be on the lookout for their upcoming webinars, which are free for viewing by anyone for a week after their broadcast.

At YouTube:
Autosomal DNA: A Step-by-step Approach, with Maurice Gleeson
Also search YouTube for genetic genealogy. There are lots of videos there. Change your search terms to narrow down search results to mtDNA, Y-DNA, or atDNA.

Third Party Tools:
GEDmatch: A website that provides tools (some free, some premium) for DNA and genealogical analysis. By uploading your DNA raw data file to this website, you can explore matches with others who have uploaded from other websites.
DNAPainter: A website where you can "paint" your chromosomes. Also has the shared cM Project and WATO: What Are The Odds tool.
Genetic Affairs: The AutoCluster tool graphically organizes your DNA matches into shared match clusters.
Leeds Method of DNA Color Clustering: Similar to what the AutoCluster tool does automatically, this method, which I did in Excel, helps visualize how close cousins are related to each other and to you.
Maguire Method: Using a simple tree to display shared cM data among a group of related individuals.

My blog posts about DNA are linked below, including the dates of the posts. I try to be informative as I write about DNA; it is a complex subject and it takes time to really understand how to use it for genealogy.

DNA Tools:

DNA Resources at DNAPainter Website (March 2018)

Testing at AncestryDNA:

DNA Test Results (April 2012)
AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Results (October 2013)
Genetic Communities (March 2017)
AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Results (September 2018)
AncestryDNA Ethnicity (May 2019)
Using Ancestry Color Dot Tags (August 2019)
Using AncestryDNA ThruLines (August 2019)
AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Again (November 2019)
AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity (on a Regular Basis) (September 2020)

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing at FamilyTreeDNA:

List Your Matrilineal Line (October 2014)

Y-DNA testing at FamilyTreeDNA:

Y-DNA Test Results ~ A Non-Paternity Event? (June 2014)
DNA - Narrowing Down the Non-Paternal Event (September 2015)

Autosomal (atDNA) testing at FamilyTreeDNA:

Autosomal DNA Testing with FamilyTreeDNA (April 2014)
Three Siblings' DNA Ethnicity Results (January 2016)
Three Siblings' DNA Chromosome Match Results (January 2016)
Sisters' Ethnicity Results (June 2016)
My Aunt's Closest DNA Matches on a Chromosome Browser (June 2016)
Visual Phasing (November 2016)

Information About GEDmatch from ISOGG:

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki, which includes links to informational blog posts. Included is a post from Roots Revealed: DNA Begging Letter, which has reasons why to upload your DNA to GEDmatch and links to other posts about "how to upload your DNA" for each of the testing companies.


  1. Hi Elizabeth, Now that I am back home on land, I've visited your DNA toolbox. Great resources!

    1. Linda, I'm glad you find them useful! I know I will use these links myself for future reference.