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  • 23andMe Adds 43 More Genetic Groups

    Mar 8

    23andMe has added finer detail for customers to improve our Ancestry reports and features. This update is part of our continuing effort to improve Ancestry reports and features.  It will also allow customers with ancestry from those regions to see connections back to 43 genetic groups - 29 in Spain (including the Canary and Balearic ar...

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  • Find New Cousins With Relatives At RootsTech App

    Feb 28

    FamilySearch announced a free online experience that helps you connect with relatives worldwide. It is called “Relatives at RootsTech”. Every wondered if you have cousins you didn’t know about? Now, thanks to Relatives at RootsTech 2023 discovery experience by FamilySearch, you can find and connect with your living relatives worldwid...

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  • Wreaths Across America Retires Wreaths In February

    Feb 24

    The Des Moines Register posted an article titled: “Wreaths Across America to retire wreaths Friday at Iowa Veterans Cemetery”. It was written by Patrick Palmersheim - Wreaths Across America Location Coordinator. National Wreaths Across America Day took place at 3,702 participating locations across the country, including the Iowa Veteran...

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  • Do Police Have Access To Your DNA?

    Feb 22

    Palm Beach Daily News (via MSN) posted an article titled: “Do police have access to your DNA? What to know about investigative genetic genealogy” The article starts with: You joined a genealogy site to connect with relatives but then had them arrested for murder instead. Such is reality for a growing number of people thanks to the rest ...

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  • ASHG Apologized For Past Harms Of Human Genetics Research

    Feb 18

    The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) apologized (on January 23, 2023) for the participation of some of its early leaders in the American eugenics movement, as well as the Society’ failure to consistently acknowledge and oppose harms and injustices tied to the field, including use of human genetics to feed racism, eugenics, and other...

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  • New Update To Your FamilySearch Home Page

    Feb 16

    Recently, you may have notices some updates to your FamilySearch home page - the default page you see after you log into FamilySearch.org. The new look includes several tools to make it easier for you to discover and connect with family, both past and present. These include a way to share living memories more privately, and an all-in-one s...

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  • MyHeritage Gears Up For RootsTech 2023

    Feb 14

    MyHeritage is beyond excited to be preparing to head to Salt Lake City for the first RootsTech on-site conference since 2020 -but if you can’t join in person, it will be taking place virtually, too! RootsTech is the biggest genealogy event of the year, taking place between March 2-March 4, and just like every year, we’ll be there with l...

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  • 23andMe Updates Carrier Status Report on Sickle Cell Anemia

    Feb 10

    23andMe updated its Carrier Status report on sickle cell anemia, an inherited red blood cell disease caused by the HbS variant in the HBB gene. With this update, 23andMe’s Sickle Cell Anemia Carrier Status report can now tell customers if they have two copies of the HbS variant, including what that may mean for their own health and the he...

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  • RUSH Is Among Sites Of All Of Us Research Program

    Jan 31

    A nationwide National Institutes of Health study recently has begun providing personalized health-related genetic information to more than 155,000 study participants, including RUSH patients. Launched in 2017, the All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll 1 million people in the United States, particularly from communities historically un...

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  • FamilySearch Library And Centers Change Names

    Jan 26

    FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all family history centers worldwide. The library will now be known as the FamilySearch Library, and all family history centers will now be FamilySearch centers. The name changes better align with local centers with FamilySearch’s ex...

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