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How to Use Shared DNA for Genealogy Research

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News from the DNA Industry and a RootsTech Reminder
Over the past several weeks there’s been a shift in the world of DNA testing. 23andMe laid off 100 people in late January and earlier this month Ancestry announced it would be laying off 6% of it’s workforce.

Both companies cited a decline in the market for direct-to-consumer DNA tests and have announced they will be refocusing on other aspects of their business (including the growing health-related market).

The main question for genealogists, however, is the same it's always been: "How can I use DNA to learn more about my family history?" The articles below, written by experts, will help get you started.

We here at Family Tree are looking ahead to RootsTech later this month to see what other news about the future of genetic genealogy will be released. We'll be on the floor of the Expo Hall, so stop by booth 1404 and say hi if you'll be there! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more RootsTech coverage in the coming weeks.
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How to Use Shared DNA to Determine Relationships
Looking for your birth parents and other relatives? Curious about how to determine relationships from shared DNA? This guide can help. Learn about shared DNA, centimorgans, and how you can use them to estimate your relationship to your DNA matches.
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How Much Shared DNA for Cousins Who are Related Multiple Ways?
Curious about how to determine the amount of shared DNA across multiple relatives? Follow these tips and you’ll have it calculated in no time!
Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available to genealogists. This plain-English guide, newly revised and expanded, is a one-stop resource on genetic genealogy for family historians.
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Is It Possible My DNA Matches Aren’t Related?
If you’re struggling to understand the relationships between DNA matches, our expert is here to help! A match does not always guarantee a relationship. Here's how to determine what matches may be misleading you in your DNA results.
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From the Podcast Archives: DNA and Adoption
Join our host, Lisa Louise Cooke, for this podcast from the archives all about DNA and adoption. Hear tips from the experts, including Shannon Combs-Bennett, about navigating this area of the genetic genealogy world, and learn about some excellent tools you can use along the way.
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