Friday, January 3, 2014


More good news! The DAR ( has chosen Family Tree DNA as its testing partner and is offering Y-DNA tests at a discount to prospective members. This will no doubt add to the numbere of people who order DNA tests for genealogy and thereby increase the size of the database for finding matches.

Hopefully, it will also encourage everyone to upload their GEDCOMs.

Many people do not seem to understand that if they do a DNA test, it is useless to them and everyone else if they refuse to allow matching. The whole purpose is to find others who match you, that is, who have the same DNA your ancestors had, thus proving your relatedness. Even if those you match are very distant cousins, they and you have a common ancestor.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

More goodies from FTDNA

Now we can analyze the X chromosome too, as part of the Family Finder test. The X reflects our ancestry in a kind of zig-zag pattern. For details, see this blog: Also, be sure to check the ISOGG Wiki article that is referenced in this blog for good additional information.

If you have already done the Family Finder test, you can now view these X chromosome results on your own MyFTDNA page. If you have not yet done so, I urge you to order it, or transfer your autosomal results from Ancestry or 23andMe. It is another new opportunity to sift your matches to align them with your maternal or paternal line.