Where I am at on my DNA Projects?
|My Y-DNA Lineage from Ancestry.Com|
My Wife’s Y-DNA – Ancestry
|My wife’s brother’s ancestry per Y-DNA from Amazon.Com|
|My haplogroup’s migration from Family Tree DNA|
I used my Ancestry Y-DNA test results and purchased a transfer kit from my.familyTreeDNA.com to transfer my results to their system.
I emailed the closest hit to my DNA (89% likelihood a common ancestor in 8 generations). No answer. I emailed him again, no answer. Then I did some on-line research on him, it appears that he died. I found someone who appeared to be his sister and emailed her. No response. Again frustration. My second closest hit was to the same person that I had matched before on Ancestry ten generations from a MRCA (88.85% for a match in 8 generations in the My Family Tree DNA parlance.)
My Autosomal Results
I was attending a Genealogy Special Interest Group meeting of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia and was talking with the resident DNA Expert. He suggested that I do autosomal testing of both myself and my mother, who is still living. I thought to myself, “Duh” or maybe I actually used my out loud voice. In any event, have both myself and my mother’s DNA in the same system would conclusively prove a connection went through her or through my unknown father. If a person matches on me and my mother, the linkage must be through her. If a person matches on me and NOT my mother, the connection must be through my unknown father.
|My Ancestry Composition per 23 and Me|
I decided to go with 23 & Me because they provided the best price. They were actually low enough in price that I could get the testing there and transfer the results to Family Tree DNA as a lower price than testing only Family Tree DNA. (That isn’t the case currently.) Besides, with 23 & Me I would receive health risks results. (That isn’t the case currently either because the government thinks that telling people about possible risks is somehow practicing medicine. New customers will need to wait until 23 & Me’s appeal makes it through the court system.)
I learned about another service that is free called GEDMatch.com. It is a very cool site and it is free. They give instructions on how to export your autosomal DNA test results from Ancestry.Com, Family Tree DNA, and 23&Me and import the results into their system. Their system is agonizingly slow as they take a few weeks to process your data and then eventually it is populated into their system. As I mentioned, it is free, so you really can’t complain about the speed. After a few weeks your results become available and they are really nicely portrayed. You can do one to one matches, one to many matches and actually see which chromosome you match on and how long of a segment matches. It gives you the ability to see exactly what is going on. Because I’ve uploaded both mine and my mother’s results I can tell easily if a match is on my maternal or paternal side. I really like the system. Contact with potential cousins is through regular email so it is easy to keep track of correspondence with people on different systems.