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Old 10-26-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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As others have mentioned, you need a paper trail to make the DNA make sense (ideally at least, obvious if you are adopted with no info that presents unique challenges).
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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Aries63: I am with you. The common name is Scott. I know all about the US relatives, male descended from male, etc. etc. The photogenic characteristics are striking, so I know that Y DNA was passed down. He looks like my grandfather and my father. But when I get to Great Britain, everything stops. Apparently my gggrand came alone, leaving 13 brothers and sisters in England. Why?

This is why I hoped the DNA class would help me, some way. Apparently I am chasing a dream and should skip the class.
Not at all, don't give up so soon! We have all been there. We all started out not knowing anything about how to use DNA for family research. There is a learning curve which thousands of people who started surname projects have successfully overcome. No reason why you can't also learn.

I take it you are female. The first step I would take would be to find a male from your family with the Scott surname to take a Y-DNA test and see if he matches other people with that surname who know their genealogy.

There is a large Scott Y-DNA Project at FamilyTree DNA. You test your relative there and join the Scott Y-DNA Project, where the administrator will file his STR markers into the project. I recommend starting with the Y-37 STR test. If you are lucky, you will match into an already-existing group of Scotts who share a common ancestor. Or, you may find you match people with a totally different surname, indicating a non-paternal event somewhere in the line. Or you may just end up as "ungrouped" (which was my case initially) and have to wait for more matches to show up.

https://www.familytreedna.com/public...ction=yresults

Incidentally I have Scott ancestors on my maternal side. They came from Londonderry, Northern Ireland to Ridgefield, CT around 1700.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Aries63: I am just learning about the Y DNA (we had class yesterday). So if my cousin who is a Scott will do the test, I could put this info into the chart you sent and possibly get back to David Scott b 12-27-1827 ? Is that right? Is it because the Y DNA follows down the gene line without a change? In my case, it would be David, to Henri, to James Sr., to James Jr, to me (female). Will this help me jump over to England to continue? And where is Y DNA tested? I heard it is expensive. I could probably convince my cousin, but I would have to pay for it. Thanks again !
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Aries63: I am just learning about the Y DNA (we had class yesterday). So if my cousin who is a Scott will do the test, I could put this info into the chart you sent and possibly get back to David Scott b 12-27-1827 ? Is that right? Is it because the Y DNA follows down the gene line without a change? In my case, it would be David, to Henri, to James Sr., to James Jr, to me (female). Will this help me jump over to England to continue? And where is Y DNA tested? I heard it is expensive. I could probably convince my cousin, but I would have to pay for it. Thanks again !
You will get nowhere unless you find matches with people who share a known common ancestor. DNA alone does not do it. You still have to trace your ancestors through paper records.

Go to Family Tree DNA for Y testing.

https://www.familytreedna.com/produc...SABEgLCavD_BwE

The Y-37 test is currently $169. I would wait until closer to Christmas. There may be a sale.
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