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Friday, February 14, 2014

Has anyone done the AncestryDNA? They send you a kit to take a swab in your mouth and send back and they tell you about your past ancestors and connect you to cousins. I want to do this when I save up, but just wanted to get input from anyone who has done it and what they found.

I know the 23andme isn't a good site from what I hear. Had bad reviews.

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ANGORA4 2/15/2014 12:10AM

    My brother did it, and got fascinating results that really did help us solve a family mystery. On the other hand, when my husband tried, there really wasn't anyone else out there even remotely related to him that had taken the test, so that was a bust. If you find lots of people on Ancestry that are researching your family lines, it'll probably work really well.

I like Ancestry, even during the times I don't have a paid membership, I can still work on the family tree, and access some of their resources. I've met lots of family members through Ancestry, solved a number of family riddles. It's wonderful to find photographs on Ancestry of grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles that you've never met, and finally put faces to those family members you've only known by name and numbers.

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POPSY190 2/14/2014 10:47PM

    I did some tests with Family Tree DNA. They came with free access to Tribal Pages, and send me an email any time there is a match with my results. There is the opportunity to contact others who make their email available. I was able to upload my results to They might be partnered with this company, I'm not sure. When I did it it was as part of the Genographic Project run by National Geographic. There are also surname and haplotype groups which keep you up-to-date with developments that you can join.
I did this years ago and still find it all interesting - and there's always the chance of finding a connection. One of the people at a recent family reunion of relatives found through"s trees pointed out that he and I are on a common group list!

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KRZYKAT3 2/14/2014 9:26PM

    My husband's cousin did one of the DNA tests, not sure which one and had very good results.

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I am a registered member, just not a paying one, but I did find this:

Will I have to become a paying subscriber to view my DNA Results?No. Access to's DNA database is free and available to registered users of As a registered user, you have access to not only to your DNA results but also to the wealth of free resources and tools available on Should you decide to become a paid subscriber, you will enjoy access to's vast database of documents and records.

Although it doesn't say that they will continue to sent alerts on new info. I will have to ask that.

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    I want to do this but I think you have to continually maintain an Ancestry membership in order to continue getting updates. I think the other sites continue to update you without any other associated fees. I would check into that.

In other words, if 2 years from now you decide to no longer have your "paid membership" through ancestry, and a match comes up for your DNA, make sure they are still going to alert you.

I think with the other companies, you get updated without having to give them any other money or maintain any paid memberships.

I see nothing wrong with maintaining a paid membership with them but I don't think I'll keep one FOREVER.

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LINDA! 2/14/2014 2:56PM

    My brother just received a kit and plans to do it soon. I am anxious to find out what he discovers.

Hope you do it and find some relatives that you may have never met.

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LOPEYP 2/14/2014 12:14PM

    That sounds interesting. I'd be interested to see how it turns out.

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NBARNES 2/14/2014 10:58AM

    I have a friend who did it but it seemed pretty pricey to me. My sister has been into geneology for quite some time and I do know I had ancestors on the Mayflower.

Keep us posted! And I'm glad to see this kind of post instead of one about health issues - hopefully that means all is going well!

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ANYA_ONION 2/14/2014 10:08AM

    I have a kit on my desk waiting for me to spit in it! My sister did one a few months ago and the results and other general info were fascinating. Our immediate family ancestry is 3/4 German, 1/8 Irish, 1/8 Welsh. What we found out was that due to populations migrations, almost 50% of our ancestors came from Scandinavia. So interesting! We also had a handful of *trace* amounts of DNA from a few unexpected places like Italy. I love Italy and it's cool to think I maybe had one ancestor from there!

Not only do you get a DNA profile from, but they compare your DNA to their database of other members who've done the test too. Then they give you a list of people who share similar profiles. This is not an in-depth comparison, just a percentile comparison. So if you have 50% of this and 30% and 20% of that, they will show people with a 50/30/20% too. If these people have a Family Tree on and it's public, you can go look at it and see if you might share any ancestors.

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PATTYKLAVER 2/14/2014 9:53AM

    That one I've never heard of. Keep us posted if you get any feedback.

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