New Ancestry DNA Features at 23andMe

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23andMe is proud to announce four new ancestry DNA features to be released in beta by the end of June, 2012. Below is information about the new features from 23andMe.

According to 23andMe, these features are in the early development phases and the images for each are approximations intended to illustrate the anticipated aspects of each feature; the final product may differ from what is depicted. In addition, all of these features should be available for beta testing in late June 2012 except for the Ancestry Painting Update.

23andMe Ancestry Painting

Ancestry Painting Update

Currently our site provides an Ancestry Painting that displays 3 major world regions (European, African and Asian). We are refining this feature to provide Ancestry Paintings based on approximately 20 world regions. The attached example features the real data of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. host of “Finding Your Roots on PBS.” For Dr. Gates, the updated Ancestry Painting shows more detail between his Northern and Southern European ancestry and is able to distinguish his Native American heritage from Asian.

23andMe - My Ancestry Page

My Ancestry Page

One of our most exciting new features. This page will pull the highlights from each individual’s ancestry and surfaces them on one easy page – no need to go digging around for special labs or tools. From Countries of Origin to how much Neanderthal DNA you have – it will all be conveniently displayed on one page.

23andMe - Relative Finder Map

Relative Finder – Map View

Forget “Where’s Waldo,” now you can see where in the world all your 23andMe Relative Finder matches are. Individuals can also add details to their profile so you can see not just where they are living now but known locations of family in the past so you can better zero in on family searches by location.

23andMe - Family Tree

Family Tree

Watch your family tree grow with 23andMe. Build and share your family tree. Add in details for individuals that include places, life events, traits, skills and fun facts.

Visit the 23andMe Booth at Jamboree!

Stop by the 23andMe booths (#706 and 707) at this weekend’s Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, June 8 through 10, 2012, in Burbank and sign up to be a beta tester for these new features!

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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