Tuesday, 19 June 2012

New editor for the Journal of Genetic Genealogy (JoGG)

The editorial board of the  Journal of Genetic Genealogy (JoGG) has announced that it's new editor will be Dr. Turi King. With thanks to Ann Turner who has posted the following on the DNA Genealogy mailing list at Rootsweb:

Dr. King's PhD thesis topic was The relationship between British surnames and Y-chromosomal haplotypes and she is also co-author (with George Redmonds and David Hey) of the book Surnames, DNA and Family History http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199582648.do

Dr. King is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Genetics and the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, where she is the project manager for an interdisciplinary project The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/impact-of-diasporas/the-research-group/research-associates/turi-king

Turi has worked on the Y chromosome since 1996 and has concentrated on surnames, the Y chromosome and genetic genealogy (among other studies) for over ten years. More details about her background and interests can be found at http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/genetics/people/king/turi

The last issue of the Journal (Fall 2011) had an article of Scottish DNA interest:
The Evolution of the Gordon Surname:  New Insight From Y-DNA Correlations and Genealogical Pedigrees by Tei A. Gordon and William E. Howard III.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Update on the status of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and GeneTree.

Have you sent a sample to SMGF in the past? Have you been waiting for them to release material on autosomal data?

Steven Perkins has posted on his On-line Journal of Genetics and Genealogy that he has had a reply from SMGF regarding the future of their database and GeneTree since it was acquired by Ancestry.com.

You can read the reply from SMGF here:
Status of the Sorenson Molecular, SMGF, genetic genealogy DNA Databases and GeneTree

Note for individuals who have tested with www.genetree.com (which is no longer taking orders) - "There are not plans to automatically 'convert' GeneTree accounts into Ancestry.com accounts, so GeneTree customers will need to move their information over to Ancestry on an individual basis."