Help with DNA Testing

DNA testing has become very popular. Thousands of people from all over the world have taken the National Geographic DNA test and have become part of the Genographics Project to find their “deep” ancestral beginnings. Others have submitted their DNA to companies such as Family Tree DNA, Relative Genetics, and several other companies who do DNA testing.

Until the database of people taking the tests grows considerably, which may take years, some people may feel disappointed that they have not been able to find information on their specific ancestors. Many do not understand, either, that DNA testing traces only their father's father's father's line . . . through a male ancestor with the same surname or their mother's mother's mother's line . . . through a direct line female. This represents only a small part of their family tree.

So far, Daniela has 150 people who match her DNA within 52 generations and one person who matches her within 28 generations. 28 generations is 700 years so even that seems to be a long shot. Her direct female line goes back to her third great-grandmother, Nancy Tucker, who lived in New York in the early 1800s (found the old fashioned way.)

To help you connect with others who have a similar DNA to you, it will be helpful to have a many generational pedigree chart to post along with your DNA results, the more generations the better. Posting the pedigree chart may help you connect with someone researching a near ancestor to you. If you are not a genealogist, creating a pedigree chart and posting it may seem like an impossible task. Janna and Daniela can help you create the chart using the traditional genealogical approaches and help you post it next to your DNA results.

Help Me! What kind of DNA test should I take and what information will it provide me?

Help Me! Create a multi-generation pedigree chart to use with my DNA information.

Help Me! How can I use DNA testing to find out about some of my ancestors that are not in a direct line with my father or my mother, like my mother's father or my grandfather's mother?

Help Me! How do I post my genealogical information next to the results of my DNA test?

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