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Old 03-22-2012, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Ordered the Y-DNA for $169 (although we got it discounted for $149)
Family Tree DNA - Genetic Genealogy Starts Here

Test has been received by FTDNA (got E-mail confirmation this past Monday) and I anticipate results around May 18. Since this is for males, it was actually my almost 14-year-old son whose been tested.

We're eager to compare results with a few others we've connected to over the years. Very excited about what we may or many not confirm.

The vast majority of my years and years of research has been on my Beeks line and there are so many dots I hope to connect.

Oh, the possibilities!
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:27 AM
 
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Congratulations It is a fun step to take, into genetic genealogy.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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A cousin donated DNA for one of my maternal lines. No help. Two full 36 loci matches --- to people with a different surname: Smith! No obvious connections in the family trees.

My brother recently donated for my father's direct line. While it did not help me break through a brick wall, I did find some new relatives with whom we share a common ancestor somewhere, and it at least narrows down the geographical area for the search a bit.

It will be interesting to see where innovations in DNA testing lead us in the future.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Congratulations! I participated in the Human Genome/National Geographic project maybe 6 years ago. I'm close to deciding (and paying) to have more extensive testing done. I've received emails from a half-dozen others who've been tested ... caliming a genetic connection. All have my last (family) name. I believe there's another test women can take, which will track the maternal side of the family. I'm attempting to have my sister agree to do that. We know little about that side of the family.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Congratulations! I participated in the Human Genome/National Geographic project maybe 6 years ago. I'm close to deciding (and paying) to have more extensive testing done. I've received emails from a half-dozen others who've been tested ... caliming a genetic connection. All have my last (family) name. I believe there's another test women can take, which will track the maternal side of the family. I'm attempting to have my sister agree to do that. We know little about that side of the family.
Unfortunately, the female testing does not help very much with tracing specific ancestresses because the family surnames change.

See here for an explanation:

http://www.familytreedna.com/tr_mtDNA.pdf
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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my male cousin did the YDNA test and through it we were able to work our way back 2 generations more than we knew. good luck.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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If you're going to do autosomal testing, here's my 2 cents after paying for 5 of them recently:

1. If you don't want the health results, go with FTDNA from the start

2. If you WANT health results and/or just want access to more potential (albeit frustrating) matches, test with 23andme, and then pay the extra to move your results to FTDNA.


And Maternal line testing is useless for so many reasons, the least of which is the changing surname. The main drawback is simply that it doesn't change much over time, so you don't know if your match is within the last 200 years or the last 2000 years.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:13 AM
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Congratulations! I participated in the Human Genome/National Geographic project maybe 6 years ago. I'm close to deciding (and paying) to have more extensive testing done. I've received emails from a half-dozen others who've been tested ... caliming a genetic connection. All have my last (family) name. I believe there's another test women can take, which will track the maternal side of the family. I'm attempting to have my sister agree to do that. We know little about that side of the family.
Everyone can have the mitochondrial DNA test done. It shows the female line via geography, not surnames.

Men can have both tests done.

Women cannot have the Y chromosome test done because their sex determinant pair is XX not XY. Women have to test their male line through their father or a male with the same paternal line, for the Y test. For instance, a brother who has the same father. Again women can have the mitochondrial DNA test done.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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Neat stuff guys! My cousin took a DNA genealogy test, and it's great to know our ethnic composition!
By the way, her mom and my mom are sisters, her dad and mine are brothers. We are of the exact same genetics. Is there term for this ?
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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If you're going to do autosomal testing, here's my 2 cents after paying for 5 of them recently:

1. If you don't want the health results, go with FTDNA from the start

2. If you WANT health results and/or just want access to more potential (albeit frustrating) matches, test with 23andme, and then pay the extra to move your results to FTDNA.


And Maternal line testing is useless for so many reasons, the least of which is the changing surname. The main drawback is simply that it doesn't change much over time, so you don't know if your match is within the last 200 years or the last 2000 years.
I have 23andme. How do I go about moving it to FTDNA?
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