I started The Genetic Genealogist on February 12, 2007 with my first post, “New estimates for the arrival of the earliest Native Americans.” There were few educational resources for genetic genealogy back then, and all testing was Y-DNA and mtDNA. Although 23andMe would launch the first large-scale atDNA test a few months later in November of 2007 (see “23andMe Launches Their Personal Genome Service” announcing the $1,000 test), it would be a couple of years until they used the results for cousin matching. Today, almost 11 years later, there are 617 posts with more than 310,000 words.
Here’s a screenshot from the blog in December 2007:
This year I posted about 30 times about a wide variety of topics. Here are the most popular posts in 2017:
- “Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your Matches?“
- “August 2017 Update to the Shared cM Project“
- “GUEST POST: The McGuire Method – Simplified Visual DNA Comparisons“
- “AncestryDNA’s Genetic Communities are Finally Here!“
- “Using Shared Matches – A Quick Example“
- “Clustering Shared Matches“
- “Thinking About a BigY Test at Family Tree DNA?“
- “A DNA Case Study: Revealing a Misattributed Parentage Event with DNA“
- “The Danger of Distant Matches“
- “Sharing Large Segments With a Match Does Not Validate Small Segments Shared With That Match“
Is it just me, or are you equally amazed that some of these things happened just this year?!?
Looking forward to more DNA in 2018!