What is a 23 A Go-Go? It isn’t a new dance step, and it’s not going to replace Gangnam Style. Instead, it is a brand new app that helps genealogists connect to 23andMe through their mobile phones. The app can also be used to access information about genealogy, (even if you don’t use 23andMe).
There are a plethora of genealogy apps out there. Most of them are only useful if you happen to have a membership with the genealogy company, or website, that the app has been created to interact with.
Take, for example, the Ancestry.com app. It is available for both iOS and Android, and can be downloaded for free. However, it won’t do you much good if you don’t have an Ancestry.com subscription.
Or, consider the FamilySearch app. It, too, is supported by both the iOS and Android platforms. You can download this one for free, from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. The purpose of this app is to let genealogists who want to volunteer to do indexing for FamilySearch to be able to do that from their mobile devices. I can see where this could be useful, but, it isn’t something that all genealogists will seek out.
MyHeritage also has a mobile app. It, too, is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and can be downloaded for free. The app allows genealogists who have a MyHeritage account to access their family heritage “in the palm of your hand”.
You can view your family tree, use it to do a search on MyHeritage, share photos, and sync it with your family site on MyHeritage. Again, if you don’t have a MyHeritage account, this app will be of no use to you.
Overall, the trend is for genealogy companies to create an app that is intended to be a little “something extra” for their current subscribers. The new app from 23andMe is a bit different from the rest. It can be downloaded for free, and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, but that is where the similarities end.
The app is called 23 A Go-Go (which sounds like the name of a dance). Genealogists who have a 23andMe account can use the app to continue to research, to access your health results, and explore new genetic discoveries at 23andMe.
The big difference is that people who are not 23andMe customers can also use the new app. They can use it to learn more about the science involved with genetics. The app comes with fun questions that about things like “tongue curl and whether or not you like whiskey”.
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