In the last few years there has been an explosion of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and if you are a family history researcher like me, then you will have either already taken a DNA test yourself or at least considered the possibility of taking one. But are you fully aware of the potential risks … Continue reading DNA Kits – Should They Come With a Warning?
For those of you that follow me online, you will have no doubt seen the post I made on Father's Day, about the amazing DNA breakthrough that I made on my Family Tree, to say that I was excited is the biggest understatement of the year!!! To give you some background, after I started researching … Continue reading My DNA Breakthrough and Looking for a Needle in a Haystack
So further to my previous blogs covering my DNA journey (see links below), I have recently received an updated version of my ethnicity estimate from my test with Ancestry. The question is how much notice should we take of these ethnicity estimates? There are definitely similarities between the estimates that I have received from Ancestry … Continue reading Ethnicity Estimates, Should we take them seriously?
This blog has been totally rewritten in light of the recent security breach at GEDmatch, Jan 2021. I have previously wrestled with the dilemma of whether or not to keep my DNA on the GEDmatch website and prior to this breach, I had been quite happy to do so. Now after another breach, even with … Continue reading GEDMatch All DNA Kits Deleted
“To DNA or not DNA that is the question” As a keen amateur genealogist, you can’t fail to have noticed the explosion in recent years of DNA testing and its surge in popularity amongst family historians. The question is though, “is it for you?” What are the benefits to you in your research? … Continue reading “To DNA or Not DNA That is the Question”
So in my last blog we established that I am about as “British” as you can get at 86% British! So what do I do next to interpret my results? Ancestry has come up with literally hundreds of matches, too many to comprehend and deal with, so how do I approach this in a co-ordinated … Continue reading DNA The Next Step (5)
My DNA results are in!! Could I be anymore British if I tried! 86% British, with a large percentage of that Southern England, the Southern England part is hardly surprising. What does surprise me and is somewhat disappointing, is the very low percentage of results for Italy and Ireland, given my supposed connections to … Continue reading My DNA Results are in!! (4)
So the big day is here, my Ancestry DNA kit has arrived!! To be fair, the kit arrived only a few days after ordering it from Ancestry and considering the amount of orders that Ancestry fulfilled in their pre-Christmas order, I was impressed with the speed of delivery. First things first and very important, you … Continue reading The DNA Test Itself (3)
So if you are reading blog number 2 you are either contemplating joining the DNA revolution or you are at least half way there and have already taken your test. So how did I decide which test to take myself? In a rather ironic twist, considering this is a very scientific field, there was … Continue reading Choosing a DNA test (2)
Over the next few weeks and months I hope to post a regular blog on my personal DNA experience, from a complete novice perspective. From the choosing of what type of DNA test to take, to the test itself, then following on with the results, how to interpret them and literally what to do with … Continue reading DNA Testing – The Revolution (1)