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ANCESTRY atDNA Results
I have always wondered who my natural father was. Being the
illegitimate child of an illegitimate child has always made my perception of
father figures somewhat misty. My mother did not know her father during her
childhood. Her father child-napped her when she was three because he did not
care for how his former girlfriend was raising his daughter. His former
girlfriend (they were never married) sic’d the police on him. After he was
arrested for child-napping and spent prison time for the offense, he did not
try any longer to have a relationship with his daughter. It wasn’t until his
daughter became an adult and pursued a relationship with him that she grew to
know anything about him. They became close in a distant sort of way. Today, he
has passed and she would like to be interned next to him and near his mother
I have been waiting with anticipation for several months for the results of my autosomal DNA testing from Ancestry and finally received them. The key component they report is about your Genetic Ethnicity. No surprise, the results show I am 75% from the British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales), It also indicated that for 5% my ethnicity is uncertain. They also mention that as their genetic signatures improve over time it may provide details. We have long thought that my 3rd great grandmother was Cherokee and the test didn’t prove or disprove it as the 2-3% DNA I received from her is within that 5% uncertain.
Of particular interest further the test results give interesting links to “cousins.” I didn’t have any close cousins but there are 8 genetic 4th – 6th cousins. That is fairly distant but does provide a starting point for some additional research. A quick first look didn’t illuminate any common ancestors but there were several who didn’t have shared trees that I’ll have to contact.
Besides just the contacts the results on Ancestry it provides a common name list. Wherein it displays last names which are common between our trees. It also has a location tab which shows locations that are common between our trees. That may prove even more interesting for research possibilities For example one of my cousins didn’t appear to have any names in common with me, but we both have ancestors born in Carter County, Kentucky. The individual may have additional details and research that I may find relevant.
Of course, I’m looking forward to many more people taking the test which should, hopefully, provide a link to someone a bit closer than 4th cousin. Anyway, it is a great new tool. For those who are Ancestry members the test is only $99.