PLEASE SEE MY CIRCLES BELOW AND TELL ME WHERE YOU FIT
I am a full-time
graduate student. My focus is urban planning with an emphasis in community
development/community revitalization. To me that means I would like to work with
residents to provide them with the tools they need to not only survive but
excel while keeping the heart of the area intact. I believe vehemently in
community awareness, community empowerment, community harmony, community history, and community
involvement by the community. I also believe in education and providing more
areas with routes to obtaining access to a quality education.
I am a copy editor but more interested in creative writing and literature.Since I read all day, I will admit in the last three years I have not read as much as I have wanted but some of my favorite authors are David Foster Wallace, James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Zora Neale Hurston, George R.R. Martin, David Eddings, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Roddy Doyle, and Robert Jordan.
I am an amateur genealogist. I have even done a few DNA tests.
I am an avid music fan. I mainly listen to classic rock but love all types of genres. Led Zeppelin is my favorite band of all time. Here is a sampling of my wide array of taste:Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Catfish Haven, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Anthony Hamilton, and the Foo Fighters. Some of my favorite TV shows include LOST, Doctor Who, Fringe, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones and True Blood. I love BBC shows, period pieces, and HGTV.
In the last two years, weight loss and fitness have become important to me. Since becoming a full-time student and continuing to work full-time, I have sort of had a setback in that area.
Gaelic culture and language, especially Scottish Gaelic, is something that I have been interested in for the last 15 years. I have tried to teach myself Gaelic but have failed.
I felt a need to add these items to my profile so you can have a full picture of who I am before you circle me. I am LGBT friendly. I do not deal kindly with bashing of people because of their sexuality. I am Agnostic. You have every right to pray or mention your deity on your own post, and I have every right to denounce him or her on mine. The door swings both ways.
- University of Illinois at ChicagoUrban Planning, 2010 - present
- Southern Illinois University CarbondaleEnglish Literature; Creative Writing, 1995 - 2001
The gist of what is said in this blog could be true. I do think some of the conclusions drawn do not really exhaust all the possibilities for their findings.
I returned home from the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City,
Utah, this afternoon. Overall, I felt it was a very good conference. In my
opinion, DNA testing was much more prominently discussed this year than at
last year's RootsTech. Spencer Wells' keynote address was one of the
factors for this. Ancestry.com devoted their entire lunch session to a
discussion of DNA testing and their AncestryDNA product. There were more
presentations about DNA testing at this year's conference than there were at last
year's conference. I didn't hear any earth shattering announcements about DNA
testing at RootsTech, but I did learn some things that may be of interest to
members of this list including the following:
1. Bennett Greenspan from Family Tree DNA announced that he expects an
updated version of Population Finder to be available for customers who have
done Family Finder within 6 to 8 weeks.
2. Ken Chahine from Ancestry.com announced that their AncestryDNA product
will have some type of feature that will cluster matches for us at some
point in the near future. Ken was somewhat vague about how this will work, but
it would appear that Ancestry.com will cluster our matches for us based on
the DNA segment or segments that we share with these matches. This will be
a step in the right direction in terms of providing greater usefulness
when we are evaluating the pedigree charts of our Ancestry.com matches, but it
is still not what we actually need, which is matching segment data for all
of our matches and a chromosome browser we can use to compare ourselves to
3. Ken Chahine announced that Ancestry.com has now sold at least 275,000
kits and is approaching 300,000 kits sold.
4. Jake Byrnes and Ken Chahine told me that Ancestry.com has switched from
using 5 million base pairs to 5 cMs as their basic criteria for a match in
AncestryDNA. Ancestry.com apparently implemented this change in the recent
past, apparently within the past several months.
5. Ken Chahine announced that Ancestry.com is working very hard to improve
the quality of the phasing of their customers' DNA data. Jake Byrnes told
me that we can expect about 50% of our lowest confidence matches to
disappear from our match lists in the near future as a result of the improvements
in phasing. Analysis I did last year suggested that about 50% of
Ancestry.com's lowest confidence matches are IBS. Ken and Jake confirmed that this is
what they have found as well based on their internal analysis. Jake has
found a way to eliminate about 95% of the lowest confidence matches that have
a high probability of being IBS. Ken said that they have about 60,000 or
so people in their database who have first degree relatives who are also in
6. Ken Chahine said that Ancestry.com is planning to do another update of
their Ethnicity Estimate feature by the end of this year.
7. After Kenny Freestone's presentation on the Ancestry.com AncestryDNA
product, a member of the audience asked if Ancestry.com plans to share with
its customers the pertinent information about the DNA segments that
customers share with their matches. Kenny said that this is something that
Ancestry.com is discussing internally, but he made no commitment that Ancestry.com
would actually do that.
If any of you are interested in reviewing either of the two presentations
I gave at RootsTech, feel free to do so. My presentation " Using Third
Party Tools to Help You Get More from Your DNA Test Results" may be downloaded
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21841126/Third%20Party%20Tools.pptx (or http://tinyurl.com/lux5m7n) and my presentation " Advanced Techniques
for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break through Genealogical Brick Walls"
may be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/lbd9xm8. Any suggestions for
improvement to either presentation would be welcomed. Several of the graphics
in my presentations are courtesy of CeCe Moore.
"AncestryDNA is working on a product experience that takes into consideration chromosomal browser abilities at a higher level. #RootsTech"
I think when this happens there will be a lot more to discuss. Many Ancestry DNA users still don't understand just how important segment mapping is.