DNA-eXplained Celebrates Tenth Anniversary!

This weblog, DNA-eXplained, is celebrating its tenth anniversary at this time. How time flies!

I by no means thought for a minute a couple of 10th anniversary after I launched that first article.

I began running a blog to show folks and actually “clarify” about genetic family tree – which is why I chosen the title DNA-eXplained. Over time, it has additionally been nicknamed DNAeXplain, which is okay.

I hoped to have the ability to reply questions as soon as, with graphics and examples, as an alternative of again and again off-the-cuff. I wanted someplace the place folks may very well be referred for solutions. Running a blog appeared like the proper medium for reaching precisely that.

Blogs permit writers to publish content material attractively and react to modifications and bulletins shortly.

Blogs encourage readers to subscribe for e mail supply or use RSS reader aggregation and might publish to social media.

Content material may be positioned simply utilizing browser searches.

Every little thing, all content material, is listed and searchable by key phrase or phrase.

Running a blog actually appeared like the appropriate answer. Nonetheless, I used to be hesitant.

I vividly bear in mind working at my desk that day, a distinct desk in a distinct location, and anguishing earlier than urgent the “publish” button that first time. Was I actually, REALLY positive? I had the sense that I used to be sitting in a type of life-defining fork-in-the-road moments and as soon as embarked upon, there can be no turning again.

I’m so glad I closed my eyes and pushed that button!

I knew we had been going to be in for an unimaginable journey. In fact, I had no thought the place that curler coaster trip was going, however we might be using collectively, regardless. What a journey it has been!

A decade later, I’ve had the chance to satisfy and turn into mates with so lots of you, each on-line and in individual. I’ve met numerous cousins I by no means knew I had, thanks to numerous weblog articles, together with the 52 Ancestors sequence which has turned out to be 365 and counting.

I’m extremely grateful for this chance! I believed I used to be giving to others, but I’ve been tremendously enriched by this expertise and all of you.

A lot has modified in all of our lives.

Trying Again

Immediately, as I look again at that very brief first article, I can’t assist however suppose simply how unbelievably far we’ve come.

There was one Y and mitochondrial DNA testing vendor in 2012, FamilyTreeDNA, and that’s nonetheless the case at this time.

There have been three autosomal testing corporations, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and Ancestry, along with the Genographic Venture, which was sunset in 2019 after a tremendous 15-year run. GEDmatch was two years outdated in 2012 and had been fashioned to fill the necessity for superior autosomal matching instruments. In 2016, MyHeritage joined the autosomal testing market. All of these corporations have since been acquired.

In 2012, FamilyTreeDNA broke floor by accepting uploaded DNA recordsdata from different distributors. Autosomal DNA checks price about $300 though costs had been dropping. I don’t anticipate costs dropping a lot additional now, as a result of corporations have to take care of an affordable revenue margin to remain in enterprise.

In 2013, when DNA-eXplained celebrated its first anniversary, I had revealed 162 articles.

That first 12 months was VERY busy with plenty of innovation occurring within the business. You’ll be able to learn my end-of-year article, 2012 Top 10 Genetic Genealogy Happenings for those who’d prefer to reminisce a bit. For comparability, right here’s my Genetic Genealogy at 20 Years abstract.

The World is Our Oyster

Previously decade, I’ve penned articles in all kinds of places, in a number of international locations, on 5 continents.

I’ve written in my workplaces, in fact, but in addition in vehicles, on buses, trains, and planes. I’ve crafted a number of articles on ships whereas cruising. The truth is, writing is one among my favourite “sea-day” issues to do, usually sitting on deck if it’s a pleasant day.

I’ve written in cemeteries, which shouldn’t shock you, on the hood of my automobile, and cross-legged on the ground at innumerable conferences.

I’ve composed at picnic tables and in numerous lodge lobbies, libraries, laboratories, eating places, and occasional retailers. And, in at the least 3 castles.

I’ve written whereas on archaeology digs, balancing my laptop computer on my knees whereas sitting on an inverted bucket, making an attempt to maintain dust, sand, and ever-present bugs away.

I’ve even written in hospitals, each as a customer and a affected person. Yea, I won’t have informed you about that.

I’ve just about taken you with me everyplace I’ve gone for the previous decade. And we are not any place close to completed!


This text is quantity 1531 which implies I’ve revealed an article each 2.3 days for a decade. In truth, I’m surprised. I had no concept that I’ve been that prolific. I by no means have author’s block. The truth is, I’ve the other downside. So many fantastic matters to write down about and by no means sufficient time.

An enormous, HUGE thanks to all of my readers. Writers don’t write if folks don’t learn!

DNA-eXplained has obtained hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of views and may be very standard, because of all of you.

There have been greater than 48,000 feedback, 4,800 a 12 months or about 13 every day, and sure, I learn each single one earlier than approving it for publication.

Akismet, my spam blocker solely stories for 45 months, however in that point alone, there have been about 100,000 tried SPAM feedback. That equates to about 75 every day and THANK GOODNESS I don’t should cope with these.

WordPress doesn’t rely “pages,” as such, but when my articles common 10 pages every, and every web page averages 500 phrases, then we’re taking a look at someplace between 7 and eight million phrases. That’s 13 occasions the dimensions of Warfare and Peace😊. Not solely do I write every article, however I proofread it a number of occasions too.

Peering Into the Future

Genetic family tree as a complete continues to produce the unexpected and clear up mysteries.

Instruments like triangulation usually, Family Matching at FamilyTreeDNA, genetic trees at 23andMe, Theories of Family Relativity at MyHeritage, and ThruLines at Ancestry have supplied hints and instruments to each recommend and make sure relationships and break via brick partitions.

Ethnicity chromosome painting at each 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA assist unravel ancestral mysteries, particularly for folks with mixtures of basically totally different ancestries, as does Genetic Communities at Ancestry and Genetic Groups at MyHeritage.

Third-party instruments that we love at this time weren’t even a twinkle in a developer’s eye in 2012. Merchandise like DNAPainter, Genetic Affairs, and DNAGedcom choose up the place the distributors depart off and are broadly utilized by genealogists.

I hope that every one of our distributors proceed to spend money on product improvement and supply the genetic family tree neighborhood with new and progressive instruments that help us with breaking down these pesky brick partitions.

Primarily, although, I hope you proceed to get pleasure from your family tree journey and make regular progress, with a rocket increase from genetic testing.

The distributors can present fantastic instruments, however it’s as much as us to make use of them persistently, wringing out each attainable drop. Don’t neglect paternal (male surname) Y DNA and matrilineal mitochondrial DNA testing for individuals who carry these essential strains to your ancestors. All 4 kinds of DNA have a really particular and distinctive genealogical use.

I encourage you to check each relative you’ll be able to and verify their and your outcomes usually. New folks take a look at each single day. You by no means know the place that essential piece of knowledge will come from, or when that important puzzle piece will drop into place.

Be sure you add to each FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage (plus GEDMatch) so you might be within the database of all of the distributors. (Instructions here.) Destiny favors the ready.

Thank You!!

Thanks from the underside of my coronary heart for supporting me by studying and sharing my articles with your mates, organizations, and members of the family, by buying via the affiliate hyperlinks, by shopping for my ebook, and by graciously sharing your individual experiences.

Thanks to your ideas and questions which plant the seeds of latest articles and enhancements.

I hope you’ve made progress together with your analysis, unraveled some thorny knots, and that you just’ve loved this decade as a lot as I’ve. Inform me within the feedback what you loved probably the most or discovered most helpful?

Right here’s to a different fantastic 10 years collectively!


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