Saturday, January 17, 2015

DNA and the Testing Companies

I have taken the DNA test with Ancestry.com, transferred my DNA to Family Tree DNA and then uploaded my results from Ancestry.com to Gedmatch.com.  So, I am well represented in the DNA field so far.  I am thinking of taking the test with 23andMe as well.  The purpose of transferring and testing with another company is to gather as many matches as I can.  Not everyone tests or transfers to all the DNA companies.  Most people are only with the one company who did their DNA I have found.  I have different reasons for testing/transferring with the different companies.  I was more aware of Ancestry.com because that is where I did most of my research.  I quickly discovered that Ancestry does not have any analytical tools to compare and do research on your matches.  The only way to connect on Ancestry is through surname matches.  I started reading about Gedmatch and its vast array of tools that let you check virtually every aspect of your DNA match.  The provide emails for your matches as well so you can contact them with questions regarding your match/tree.  I then figured out that there are many people who only test with one company.  So the only way to find out if I have matches on Family TreeDNA was to either take the test with them or transfer my DNA.  I chose to transfer my DNA.  On the Family Tree DNA site, I have the least amount of matches.  They have a threshold that stops with a genetic distance of about 4.  23andMe does not have a transfer program with Ancestry or Family Tree DNA, so if I want to find matches there, I would have to take the full test again.  23andMe is interesting because they appear to have a more international database.  That would allow me to find distant cousins all over the world, depending on what their genetic distance is.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello readers!!  My name is Benjamin Ainsworth and I am finally starting a blog to give voice along with the evidence being found regarding my ancestral origins, lineage and documenting my family tree.  I hope you find my journey interesting and maybe some of the information will help/inspire someone in their journey

This Blog was created with the intent to express my thoughts and feelings about the discoveries being unearthed through ancestral DNA, thanks to the new technologies available.  I will post about my journey from being a relative novice in genealogical research to wherever it takes me.  With a combination of the paper trail that is available due to the internet and the invaluable and irrefutable aid of DNA sequencing.  The blog is catching up to me as I have already done the DNA test through Ancestry.com and received my results.  I have also used the search engines to discover information about my ancestors.