21 July 2018

DNA Simulation added to DNA Matrix in Progeny Charting Companion

Pierre Clouthier, president of Progeny Genealogy, has been raising the bar for DNA analysis charts in a genealogy program for the last year or so. He was the first to automate the "McGuire Chart" in his "DNA Matrix" tools. See http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/2017/03/wanted-genetic-genealogy-analysis-tools.html and http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/2017/06/one-dna-analysis-chart-process.html for more info.

Progeny just released Charting Companion version 7 with a major addition to help during DNA analysis as described in his announcement below (URLs were changed to go directly to the Progeny website and not to the advertising site in the email sent to me so as not to mess with stats from email accesses).

Charting Companion 7 features a new technology to help place adoptees and orphans in a family tree: the DNA Simulation. Based on the DNA Matrix, the DNA Simulation will construct a Descendant tree, then will systematically try to link the "orphan" to every person in the tree, one at a time. Charting Companion will validate the tree by calculating the expected centiMorgan (cM) implied by the hypothetical relationship, and comparing it to the actual laboratory DNA test results. Each iteration is called a "scenario". If the DNA test results are outside the cM range, the scenario is bad, will be discarded, and Charting Companion will advance to the next possible position of the orphan in the tree. If the DNA results are consistent, the good scenario will be recorded. All possible scenarios can then be reviewed for further investigation. (see video [at https://youtu.be/yBe6Pd8g5no]).

In addition to linking to existing persons, Charting Companion will also insert hypothetical or placeholder spouses and children, and attempt to link the orphan to these additional people. The added persons represent potential extramarital relationships, previous unknown marriages, unknown children, children given up to adoption, non-paternal events, etc. They are meant to suggest possible connections that would otherwise be very time-consuming to evaluate manually.

The DNA Simulation is available in Charting Companion 7. See video [at https://youtu.be/yBe6Pd8g5no] for detailed explanation.

If you have an earlier version of Charting Companion, our upgrade policy is:

If you purchased within the last year, you get a free upgrade (contact [Progeny]).
If you purchased within two years, you get a 20% discount (contact [Progeny]).
Within three years, purchase a Registration Key [at http://progenygenealogy.com/Products/Family-Tree-Charts].

Charting Companion works with all genealogy programs: Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Ancestral Quest, Family Historian, GEDCOM, etc.

Progeny Genealogy
10037-20 Silver Fox Ave. New Minas, Nova Scotia B4N 5K1 Canada
(902) 681-3102

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Debbie Parker Wayne, "DNA Simulation added to DNA Matrix in Progeny Charting Companion," Deb's Delvings, 21 July 2018 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

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