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Old 03-01-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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Which one is better. I'm ready to order one but I want the one that gives the most accurate results.

I want to find out what I am (other than human ).
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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They're fairly comparable. They've both recently upgraded their results to make them more accurate. Ancestry listed more specific locations, and 23andMe still shows "unassigned" and "non-specific" percentages. They both match up very well with what I know of my genealogy. Here are my results from both, so you can compare them:

23andMe:

45.8% East Asian & Native American
- 40.2% Southeast Asian
- 4.1% Native American
- East Asian
- - 0.4% non-specific East Asian
- 1.2% non-specific East Asian & Native American

40.5% European
- Southern European:
- - 30.0% Iberian
- - 6.0% non-specific Southern European
- Northern European:
- - 1.4% non-specific Northern European
- 0.2% Ashkenazi
2.5% non-specific European

7.0% Oceanian

3.3% Sub-Saharan African
- 2.8% West African
- 0.1% East African
- 0.5% non-specific Sub-Saharan African

0.9% Middle Eastern & North African
- 0.9% North African
- 0.1% non-specific Middle Eastern & North African

2.4% Unassigned

*****

Ancestry:

38% European
- 34% Iberian Peninsula
- 1% Europe West
- 1% Scandinavia
- 1% Italy/Greece
- 1% Europe East

29% Polynesian

22% Asian
- 21% East Asian
- 1% South Asian

6% African
- 2% Southeastern Bantu
- 1% Ivory Coast/Ghana
- 1% Africa North
- 1% Mali
- 1% Senegal

4% American
- 4% Native American

1% West Asia
- 1% Caucasus
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere on the Moon.
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23andme is a much better value. The bonus is that your account remains active and receives periodical updates forever without the need to pay extra money. As the technology gets the better, the results will become even more precise and they will be able to discover other stuff that today remains hidden.
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:41 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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23andme is a much better value. The bonus is that your account remains active and receives periodical updates forever without the need to pay extra money. As the technology gets the better, the results will become even more precise and they will be able to discover other stuff that today remains hidden.
Ancestry.com has done analysis upgrades/improves too. Is there another reason you think 23andme is a much better value?
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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Thank you for the great answers. I'll probably go with Ancestry first and then later on get one from 23 and me
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:47 AM
 
Location: The Triad
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If you do the biological stuff with one...
will the results be in a format the others can accept to run through their records?
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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I did both of them - and as a person of primarily French and German ancestry, found that for me DNA research via both companies was pretty much a waste of money.

23andme showed I have a high percentage of "unspecified" Northern and Southern European
Ancestry showed I have a high percentage of "Western European"

So, THAT was boring.

The Ancestry results were somewhat more specific, though (I'm 1% Jewish!), and the maps showing areas of DNA distribution were more detailed.

The only interesting thing for me was that neither results had any percentage at all of African or Asian/Native American - so if there really was a Choctaw in our tree (as everyone thinks) I didn't get any of her DNA.

And Mr. Rational - both companies will connect you to other people who are likely distant cousins. On Ancestry you can then click directly to their family trees, and so share with them your own tree information. But no, the results aren't in any Gedcom format.

This netted me a few 4th cousins, but since I already knew the info they had it wasn't all that exciting.

So my final opinion on the subject - maybe DNA genealogy is more interesting if you have a mixed ancestry. I do find it odd that Ancestry has been able to identify specific African tribal DNA but can't differentiate between the French and Germans. Does that mean there was more mixing in western Europe than in Africa?
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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And Mr. Rational - both companies will connect you to other people who are likely distant cousins.
On Ancestry you can then click directly to their family trees...

But no, the results aren't in any Gedcom format.
Thanks for the reply.

So, if your cousins aren't ALSO on Ancestry.com you need to REPEAT the process
and double the expense to do the same thing with 23andme and then again with the 3rd one?

btw... how much does it cost?
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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Nah - don't bother to do more than one DNA company to find relatives. If you want to share your tree just post it on something searchable like a facebook page or blogspot or a website you build yourself, or whatever. And you can hunt for your surnames on similar places if you're just casting a wide net for 4th + cousins (you can always do a surname search on familysearch or cyndislist, etc.) But I found plenty of shirt tale relatives in the old days using books and paper research without any computer use at all.

To find out about current costs just go to www.23andme.com and for ancestry go to www.ancestry.com, then shop, then "all products".

Looks like as of today they're both $99.

But my POV is that if you know you're mostly Western European, don't bother with either of the DNA tests.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Thanks for the reply.

So, if your cousins aren't ALSO on Ancestry.com you need to REPEAT the process
and double the expense to do the same thing with 23andme and then again with the 3rd one?

btw... how much does it cost?
You can do the 23AndMe or Ancestry.com and then transfer your results to FamilyTreeDNA for $69, and they have had specials where it was as low as $49. As of now, you cannot transfer from 23AndMe or FamilyTreeDNA to Ancestry.com.

If you did all three, you would find some cousins that have only tested with one company and some who have tested with more than one. I have transferred my results to FamilyTreeDNA and found some of the same cousins who were on 23AndMe, for example.

https://www.familytreedna.com/faq/an...px?id=42#/1692

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Nah - don't bother to do more than one DNA company to find relatives. If you want to share your tree just post it on something searchable like a facebook page or blogspot or a website you build yourself, or whatever. And you can hunt for your surnames on similar places if you're just casting a wide net for 4th + cousins (you can always do a surname search on familysearch or cyndislist, etc.) But I found plenty of shirt tale relatives in the old days using books and paper research without any computer use at all.

To find out about current costs just go to www.23andme.com and for ancestry go to www.ancestry.com, then shop, then "all products".

Looks like as of today they're both $99.

But my POV is that if you know you're mostly Western European, don't bother with either of the DNA tests.
I personally am not that interested in the geography. I know I have French and German ancestors from the paper trail. I am very hopeful i will find cousins who can help me break down some of the brick walls in the paper trail. Since I have exhausted about all the available paper, I am stuck unless I come across someone who has info that is not online or in public records. Having my DNA on two sites just increases my chances, I think. I may eventually test with Ancestry.com, too.
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