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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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    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.
    1558 days ago
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    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 Ancestry.com. 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 Ancestry.com"s trees pointed out that he and I are on a common group list!
    1559 days ago
    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 Ancestry.com subscriber to view my DNA Results?No. Access to Ancestry.com's DNA database is free and available to registered users of Ancestry.com. 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 Ancestry.com. Should you decide to become a paid subscriber, you will enjoy access to Ancestry.com'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.
    1559 days ago
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    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.
    1559 days ago
    That sounds interesting. I'd be interested to see how it turns out.
    1559 days ago
    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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    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 Ancestry.com, 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 Ancestry.com and it's public, you can go look at it and see if you might share any ancestors.
    1559 days ago
    That one I've never heard of. Keep us posted if you get any feedback.
    1559 days ago
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