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Re: DNA Genealogy Testing Is It Worth It

Is dna testing worth the money? Depends on what you hope to learn.

I have been doing family history research since 1969, with serious documentation since 1990, and have not gone much further back than I knew when I started. However, my research has not been a total loss; I have learned how I am kin to some of those cousins that I knew were cousins, but not how. ;^)

I have not identified a slaveowner on any line, so the chances of me learning who the first slave was are pretty slim at this point. DNA testing offers me a way to by-pass this lack of records and learn SOME of my African ancestry.

I have done three tests of my own dna. I tested first with African Ancestry which told me that one of my maternal ancestral lines was found today in the Tikar people of Cameroon. That was a question I wanted answered.

Second, an admixture test which I took simply out of curiousity. I had no particular ancestry that I was looking for. The results were what I expected, no surprises.

Thirdly, I recently tested with the National Genographic project because I wanted markers I could post in an online database with the hope that a 'cousin' will find me.

I subsequently paid for tests on cousins to get the same information on three more lines of my ancestry.

So now I have results for four of my lineages, with the African Ancestry matches found in 5 different tribes. My paternal grandmother's lineage matched in two different groups. I have haplogroups for those four as well.

I don't have markers to post for two of the lines, so may ask those cousins to test with the National Genographic project. And there is one more line I have identified which would give me the maternal lineage of one of my great-grandmothers on my mother's side. And of course, I'd have to do at least two tests on that line, one with African Ancestry and one with the National Genographic project. That is if I can convince my third cousin to test. I can't test myself for this one because this is my grandfather's mother.

toot


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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