Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Genealogy Squad Passes the 10,000 Member Mark!

The Genealogy Squad on Facebook just passed the 10,000 mark this morning. Since its launch on May 6, 2019, people from around the world have joined the group to take advantage of this new genealogy resource.

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D, Cyndi Ingle, Drew Smith, and George G. Morgan are the principals behind this new Facebook group and its administrators. Visit the site at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/ to join and to become part of this remarkable new facility!

Monday, May 20, 2019

MyHeritage Expands to Health; Launches New DNA Test Offering Powerful and Personalized Health Insights for Consumers

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MyHeritage Expands to Health; Launches New DNA Test Offering Powerful and Personalized Health Insights for Consumers

The new MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test provides comprehensive health reports for conditions affected by genetics including heart disease, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease

Tel Aviv, Israel & Lehi, Utah — MyHeritage, the leading global service for family history and DNA testing, announced today a major expansion of its DNA product line with the launch of the MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test. The test provides a new dimension of genetic insight with comprehensive health reports that can empower future health and lifestyle choices. It is a superset of the current MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only test, and includes its pillar features: a percentage breakdown of ethnic origins and matching to relatives through shared DNA. MyHeritage is now the only global consumer DNA company to offer an extensive health and ancestry product in over 40 languages.

The launch of the Health + Ancestry product distinguishes MyHeritage as the only major service that bridges consumers’ past, present, and future: MyHeritage’s integrated suite of products enable users to discover their family history and ethnic origins, find new relatives, and receive valuable insights to help manage choices regarding their health that may impact their future well-being.

“Our Health + Ancestry test is the next step in the evolution of MyHeritage. After 16 years of changing lives for the better through family history research and genetic genealogy, we are excited to expand our mission and try to improve and save lives as well. Our vision is to integrate our successful family history technologies with the new health product in innovative ways that bridge heritage and heredity to deliver deeper insights for our users,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We are proud to be part of a movement to democratize healthcare globally and make genetic testing accessible to millions of people, and allow them to discover what makes them unique.”

The MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test provides health reports that show users their risk of developing or carrying genetic conditions. Reports include conditions where specific genes contribute to the risk, such as hereditary breast cancer, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and late-onset Parkinson’s disease; conditions associated with multiple genes, such as heart disease, and type 2 diabetes; and carrier status reports on conditions that can be passed down from a couple to their children, such as Tay-Sachs disease and cystic fibrosis.

In total, MyHeritage’s Health + Ancestry test covers one of the most extensive ranges of conditions offered by an at-home DNA test: 11 Genetic Risk Reports, including a hereditary breast cancer (BRCA) report that tests 10 pathogenic variants; 3 Polygenic Risk Reports; and 15 Carrier Status Reports. 

The World Health Organization identifies cardiovascular disease as the number one cause of death globally. This makes MyHeritage’s unique report for heart disease risk particularly beneficial. This report is based on a cutting-edge method called Polygenic Risk Score that examines hundreds, and in some cases thousands of variants across the entire genome.
In addition to heart disease, the Health + Ancestry product also includes a Polygenic Risk Score for type 2 diabetes, a condition that has significantly increased in prevalence in recent decades and now affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and 40% of Americans within their lifetime. MyHeritage is also unique in providing a third Polygenic Risk Score for breast cancer, which delivers a risk assessment for breast cancer when none of the BRCA variants that MyHeritage tests for are found. MyHeritage is currently the only major home DNA testing company to offer Polygenic Risk Reports for multiple conditions, and more Polygenic Risk Reports will be added shortly after the product’s initial release. The three initial Polygenic Risk Reports support only populations with European ancestry, but the company has begun conducting research to allow the polygenic reports to cover a broader spectrum of populations in the future.

The new product is based on robust scientific research conducted by the MyHeritage science team led by MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Yaniv Erlich. It has been in development for two years and leverages the company’s growing expertise in genomics. MyHeritage’s prowess in the field of consumer genetics has led to the growth of its DNA database to 3 million people in under two and a half years. To balance the needs of genetic genealogy and health testing, MyHeritage has custom-designed a new DNA chip using Illumina’s Global Screening Array (GSA). The new chip provides MyHeritage with the flexibility to add reports for more conditions, without the need for users to retest their DNA. Several new health reports are already in the pipeline for release over the coming months following the company’s rigorous validation processes.

MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry is a Laboratory Developed Test, processed in a CLIA certified and CAP accredited DNA lab in Texas. The at-home DNA test is an easy and painless cheek swab, and does not require spitting as some other tests do, which makes it more suitable and convenient for all populations, including older people.

Health reports only determine users’ genetic risk for the supported conditions. However, all users are required to complete a personal and family health history questionnaire, to ensure that each user receives the reports appropriate for them. MyHeritage works with PWNHealth, an independent physician network and genetic counseling service, to provide end-to-end physician oversight of the MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test for all U.S. customers, which includes genetic counseling, if appropriate. PWNHealth’s physician oversight and genetic counseling fee is included in the total price.

Privacy is strictly enforced. All health data is protected by state-of-the-art encryption. Health report data is secured using additional password protection and is so secure that even MyHeritage employees cannot access it. MyHeritage has never licensed or sold user data, and has committed to never do so without obtaining explicit user consent. MyHeritage is the only consumer DNA company that has pledged to never sell data to insurance companies. It also applies a strict policy to prohibit use of its DNA services by law enforcement agencies.

The MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry kit is available at the price of $199 + shipping. Users who have already purchased a MyHeritage DNA test for ethnicity and genealogy matching can upgrade to receive health reports for $120. To order, visit the MyHeritage DNA website. An annual Health subscription is available as an optional add-on to the new DNA kit, which grants users access to new health reports as they are released. As a special benefit for the launch, the Health subscription is currently offered for free for the first twelve months and users can cancel it anytime.

The new health product is not intended to independently diagnose, prevent, or treat any disease or condition or tell users anything about their current state of health in the absence of medical and clinical information. The product is also not intended for making medical decisions, including prescription or dosing of medications. Users may need to obtain further services from their physician, a genetic counselor, or other healthcare provider, in order to obtain diagnostic results regarding the conditions or diseases indicated within the MyHeritage DNA health reports. The health reports provide genetic risk information based on assessment of specific genetic variants but do not report on users’ entire genetic profile. The health reports do not detect all genetic variants related to a given disease, and the absence of a variant tested does not rule out the presence of other genetic variants that may be related to the disease. For most diseases, currently known genes are only responsible for a portion of the overall risk. Other factors such as environment and lifestyle may affect the risk of developing a given disease and, depending on the condition, may be more relevant predictors. If a user’s data indicate that the user is not at elevated genetic risk for a disease or condition, this should not be interpreted as meaning that the user is safe from developing the disease or condition. The opposite is also true; if a user’s data indicates that the user is at an elevated genetic risk for a disease or condition, it does not mean that the user will definitively develop the disease or condition. Any findings within the health reports should be confirmed and supplemented by additional medical and clinical testing as recommended by the user’s healthcare provider.

MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry is available globally except in a few countries that do not allow health-related consumer genetic testing. In the USA, it is available in all states except New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, where separate laboratory certifications are required and are currently being pursued. Altogether, MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry is now the genetic test for health available in the greatest number of languages and with the widest global reach.

MyHeritage Ltd.,
P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon St.,
Or Yehuda, Israel

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ohio Genealogical Society SQL Volunteer Needed

We received this from the Ohio Genealogical Society and are pleased to share it with you.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Genealogy Guys Receive Award from Ohio Genealogical Society

The Genealogy Guys were honored with an award at the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2019 Conference in Mason, Ohio.

President Margaret Cheney bestowed a custom-crafted metal sculpture of the OGS logo at the society's business luncheon on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The award recognizes George G. Morgan and Drew Smith for their strong support of the society and its annual conference.

We are honored and humbled by the award. Thank you, OGS!

Vivid-Pix 20% Off Sale through Genealogy Guys

You've been hearing and seeing a lot about Vivid-Pix Restore, the dynamic software that works with all types of images - photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, downloaded images from commercial genealogy databases, and more - to produce more brighter and more legible images.

Vivid-Pix just released a new version of the software that includes support for metadata and the use of Artificial Intelligence image improvement capabilities.

You can now buy your own copy of the software at a 20% discount as a Genealogy Guys podcast fan. Instead of $49.95, the price is $39.95, and this deal is good through June 17, 2019. Go to
https://vivid-pix.com/RESTORE?pop_code=3GenealogyGuysSAVEBT and purchase the Windows or Mac version. The license allows you to use RESTORE on two computers with the same email address. (You can also use the free trial before you buy.)

Vivid-Pix is not just a sponsor of the podcast, they are friends and partners who want everyone to succeed by using RESTORE.

The Genealogy Squad Launches to Huge Response

The Genealogy Squad, a new Facebook group, launched on Monday, May 6, 2019, to a huge response. The Genealogy Squad is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/. Its mission is "to provide a positive space for the sharing of appropriate and reliable methods and resources to assist genealogists at all levels. We focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices in all aspects of genealogical research."

Principals who are administering the group are The Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith), Blaine T. Bettinger (DNA Central), and Cyndi Ingle (Cyndis List).

In the first week, more than 8,000 people have joined the group from around the globe and the dialog has been very exciting.

While DNA and genetic genealogical methodology are hot topics, The Genealogy Squad encourages those discussions in our sister group, Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques at https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneticgenealogytipsandtechniques/.

Visit The Genealogy Squad group and join to experience the best resources on Facebook!

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Genealogy Squad Debuts with more than 5,000 Members in 15 Hours!

The Genealogy Squad, the new Facebook group administered by The Genealogy Guys, Blaine Bettinger, and Cyndi Ingle, made its debut today (May 6, 2019) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad/. More than 5,000 members joined in the first 15 hours! When are you going to join?

All Finnish and Danish Records at MyHeritage.com FREE for One Week

MyHeritage recently added the 1940 Denmark Census to their historical records database, making MyHeritage the world’s most comprehensive online resource for Danish historical records.
To mark this milestone, they are opening up access to ALL 105 million Danish records on MyHeritage for FREE, starting today and until May 12, 2019 (inclusive).
As a bonus to delight MyHeritage users with Nordic roots, they are also providing FREE access to ALL 48.6 million Finnish records on MyHeritage.
Free Finnish and Danish Records
No registration needed, no credit card required, simply search, find and enjoy.

You can read more details in their blog.

The Genealogy Squad Facebook Page Has Launched!

Today's the day! The new Genealogy Squad Facebook page is now launched at https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquadThe mission of the Genealogy Squad Facebook group is to provide a positive space for the sharing of appropriate and reliable methods and resources to assist genealogists at all levels in their research activities. 
The Genealogy Squad will focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices in all aspects of genealogical research. The extensive combined knowledge and experience of the four principals in all aspects of genealogical research allows them to respond and share the highest quality information and suggested research paths.

People interested in this new group must personally request to join, beginning on May 6. 2019, and the administrators will respond as promptly as possible. We are very excited and expect this new FB group to be an instant success.

Join us today!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Ohio Genealogical Society Honors The Genealogy Guys

The Ohio Genealogical Society honored The Genealogy Guys at it Business Meeting Luncheon on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the 2019 Conference in Mason, Ohio. OGS President Margaret Cheney presented The Guys with a hand-crafted metal OGS logo in appreciation "for the support that you have given to OGS as individuals and the Genealogy Guys Podcast."

 We love OGS, its people, and look forward every year to their stupendous annual conference. We are humbled and honored by this award.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Vivid-Pix Press Release - New Software Update

Vivid-Pix adds image metadata creation and Artificial Intelligence image-improvement capabilities to its RESTORE software

Alpharetta, Ga. - For centuries, people have written on the backs of photos and made notations on pictures and documents to retain knowledge, like date, time or location, about the image or record. This was an easy way to provide insights to future readers. In the digital world, adding information – known as “metadata” – to an image was difficult, but Vivid-Pix just made it easy with its updated RESTORE software for Mac and Windows.

How does it work? Imagine scanning or finding an old record or photograph about an ancestor. By selecting this image in RESTORE, you improve the color, contrast, sharpness and lightness in 1 click with Vivid-Pix patented software and then, with one more click, you can type in any information you wish about that image. The improved image and information are automatically saved as a new file that does not affect the original image.

The U.S. Patent Office recently awarded a second patent to Vivid-Pix for the image processing used to improve images. This patent is for the automatic correction of faded images and covers the techniques used in Vivid-Pix RESTORE. A fully functional trial is available for Mac and Windows at:  https://vivid-pix.com/restore. 

The new metadata feature was added following a suggestion from Allen County Public Library (http://www.genealogycenter.org/), the largest genealogy public library in America.  Vivid-Pix continues to enhance its software by listening to customers and experts. Their software is being used by consumers, libraries, archivists, historians and historical societies – as demonstrated by Alachua, FL, County Clerk Office, who has also provided suggestions on how to improve RESTORE:  (http://www.alachuaclerk.org/archive/), and others, including family history experts (https://vivid-pix.com/news-blog/entry/learn-how-experts-describe-vivid-pix-restore.html).

Past purchasers of RESTORE receive a free update from Vivid-Pix.

About Vivid-Pix

Vivid-Pix designs, creates and delivers Fast, Easy and Affordable Imaging Software. Since launching in 2012, Vivid-Pix has advanced its product to earn the support and respect of business leaders and photographers in over 100 countries. Co-Founder Randy Fredlund has more than 150 digital-imaging patents and has extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization, enabling him to translate theory into practice.  Co-Founder Rick Voight has created billion-dollar businesses through Product Development, Sales and Marketing for Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. The Vivid-Pix Team is a far-flung group of excellent people who deliver software that “Give your pics (and documents) the Vivid-Pix Fix!