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Old 01-29-2013, 11:43 PM
 
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I have wanted to get myself checked out to see what surprises lie in my genes. Which of these services do you recommend to check out your ancestry? Thanks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I'm not trying to be a smart but you like a Ford but I like a Chevy . Of the many serious genealogist who get into DNA, each one has a preference. A cousin who is the Administrator of a branch of my family told me he, or other members in the data base have tried about all of them, and he is convinced the Family Tree DNA is the most reliable and complete. I'm sure others will join in here later, but my understanding is that it depends on what you are looking for.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I've tested with NatGeo Geno2.0, AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FTDNA, and I agree that FTDNA is the most comprehensive. 23andMe gives you health information that the others don't, if that's what you're interested in.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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I've utilized the testing offered by Geno2.0, FTDNA and 23andMe. I can't say that I understand everything I'm seeing, but my reaction thus far is that 23andMe, hands-down, has provided the most comprehensive/informative/useful information. The 23andMe $99 price-tag is also a very attractive lure! Geno2.0 has probably been the least helpful.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I've done FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. If you want "surprises", you should do 23andMe for health-related surprises and for your ethnic background surprises. It will give you a huge long list of diseases and your genetic risk for each of them, including scary ones like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Some people would rather not know.

FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA are good for genealogists, they will give you a list of people related to you who are in their databases, but they're not good for ethnicity and give no health information. 23andMe also gives you a list of cousins.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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I've done FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. If you want "surprises", you should do 23andMe for health-related surprises and for your ethnic background surprises. It will give you a huge long list of diseases and your genetic risk for each of them, including scary ones like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Some people would rather not know.
Put me in that camp! How far back do these tests go? 1,000 generations?
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:32 PM
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Location: Cushing OK
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I've done FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. If you want "surprises", you should do 23andMe for health-related surprises and for your ethnic background surprises. It will give you a huge long list of diseases and your genetic risk for each of them, including scary ones like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Some people would rather not know.

FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA are good for genealogists, they will give you a list of people related to you who are in their databases, but they're not good for ethnicity and give no health information. 23andMe also gives you a list of cousins.
Can you opt out of the scary list? I for one would rather not. But I do want the ethnicities and especially a larger breakdown than 'scandanavian' or 'european'.

I'm using Ancestry to put my tree, just started entering it after I lost the paper stuff in the mess after the work on the house, and would like to link it with their data base.

I can only do one and it has to be the autosomal type test as I don't have anyone to test the male side.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:32 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Can you opt out of the scary list? I for one would rather not. But I do want the ethnicities and especially a larger breakdown than 'scandanavian' or 'european'.

I'm using Ancestry to put my tree, just started entering it after I lost the paper stuff in the mess after the work on the house, and would like to link it with their data base.

I can only do one and it has to be the autosomal type test as I don't have anyone to test the male side.
You can choose not to take the health surveys or to view that information. It may be there, but it's easy to not look at it, if you don't want to. Just don't go to that section.

I looked at mine at first (in March), but haven't been back to that section since then. It's just odds. No one can really tell anyone what will happen with their health.
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