This is a copy of the first BanyanDNA newsletter, delivered 9 December, 2023. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for BanyanDNA, the next generation of DNA analysis!
BanyanDNA is unlike any other tool for genetic genealogy. Not only can it help you identify an unknown parent, grandparent, or great grandparent, it can alert you to places in your tree where shared DNA does not support the documented relationships. Best of all, it is completely customized to your family, whether you have pedigree collapse, double cousins, or (in a future release) endogamy.
In the example below, Ann is an adoptee with an unknown birth mother. However, her closest DNA match, Jane, is the child of first cousins who married. No other tool can analyze a double-cousin scenario like this one, but BanyanDNA can!
With an intuitive interface, BanyanDNA makes it easy to build a tree for Ann’s matches and to see where Ann best fits in the tree. Each possible location is called a hypothesis.
With just four DNA matches and a few seconds of calculations, BanyanDNA can tell us that Ann is probably the granddaughter of Olive Hemmings (Hypothesis 1). Now we know where to focus our efforts to find Ann’s mother!
The official launch of BanyanDNA will be on 29 February 2024 at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. You can register to attend online or in person here: https://www.familysearch.org/en/rootstech/
We are planning a soft launch for our biggest fans (you!) a few weeks beforehand. Stay tuned to our monthly email newsletter for details, and please spread the word.