Author: Andy Lee

Author, Engineer, Educator. Andy Lee is the DNA guru of Family History Fanatics. He is also your knowledgeable but casual genealogy researcher.
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The One Genealogy Myth That Must Die!

Genealogists like to say that the hobby is as popular as porn or gardening. They couldn’t be further from the truth!

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Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Update
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A Look at AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Updates

If you’ve looked at Ancestry recently, then you may have noticed that your ethnicity results have changed. Does that mean that you’ve changed as well?

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What are the Effects of Medical Treatments on your DNA?

by Andy Lee We receive our DNA from our mother and father and it sticks with us throughout our life. But is there any way that our DNA can change during our lifetime? Lots of people have asked about specific situations where DNA can be changed. Today we are going to talk about them and […]

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Genetic Genealogy
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10 Genetic Genealogy Videos on YouTube You Must Watch

Genetic genealogy is complicated for some, which is why we curated a list of ten videos to help explain the top ten questions we’re asked about DNA an genealogy. To view the videos, click on the viewer to watch from this page or click on the link below each suggestion to watch the video on […]

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Fun with Family History
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Is genealogy only for old people? A 2018 Assessment

  Have you ever heard that genealogy is for old people? Let’s see if that is true! For most of my life, I have heard that genealogy is for old people. There has to be some truth to this. After all, the majority of people at conferences and genealogical societies are north of 50, usually […]

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How to Understand Genetic Half Relationships

    Half relationships can be confusing for some people. I know it was for me and still. I usually have to draw the half-relationships out to understand what I am talking about. So let’s talk about those people we are halfly related to.   Growing up, I had friends who were part of blended […]

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Do More Genetic Test Markers Matter?

  In lots of areas of life, we are told that bigger is better. But when it comes to DNA testing, is more always better? In other words, does the more genetic markers tested mean more accuracy? In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “From a certain point of view.” Y-DNA STR Testing  Before answering this […]

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Is Marrying Your Cousin Bad, Genetically?

  In various modern cultures, marrying your cousin has some negative connotations. But at the same time, cousins have been marrying cousins for all of human history. And the humans seem to be going strong with more than 7 billion living individuals. So is marrying your cousin really that bad? Most of us have a […]

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Visual Phasing in DNA
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Visual Phasing Chromosome Selection Matrix – Recombination Project Update

I love logic puzzles and DNA is definitely full of logical puzzles. After reviewing DNA recombinations from my own project, I have developed a chart that helps me understand my grandparent’s DNA through Visual Phasing. Visual Phasing is an advanced technique for genetic genealogists where the results from siblings, can be used to determine part […]

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DNA cM Across Four generations
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How does DNA pass on over four generations?

Blaine Bettinger has done some great work in gathering data on shared cM as part of his Shared cM project. But how about looking at a single family? How do some of those Shared cM amounts line up? Before Blaine’s shared cM project, we just had percentages based on DNA halfing each generation. Because of […]

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