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Re: AncestrybyDNA and Questions
In Response To: AncestrybyDNA and Questions ()
>I sent off my father's test a few days ago to AncestrybyDNA. I chose
>Question 1: My GF had four families. All the lines are almost femaled
I am certainly no expert on DNA tests, but my understanding is that the biogeographical admixture test can differ between siblings. That surprised me, but it makes sense.
>Question 2: I am searching zealously for male descendants of the the
Based on my understanding, the Y-chromosome test can eliminate paternity, but cannot confirm paternity. It can confirm a relationship. Just recall the Thomas Jefferson results. One line of the Hemmings descendants match the Y-chromosome of Jefferson’s cousins, so it is acknowledged that that child was fathered by someone with a Jefferson Y-chromosome. But there is still no agreement as to which Jefferson it was.
>Question 3: Do you know of any company that tests hair? My mother's
I don’t know of a company that does genealogy testing on hair samples. However, there are companies that do forensic dna testing. I did a search for “dna hair sample” and did get a few results, most of which were for animals. The forensic testing is more expensive than the genealogy testing from what I can see. Trace Genetics does both genealogy and forensic tests. See www.tracegenetics.com
>Question 4: Is the African ancestry test worthwhile? Almost everyone
My test came back as the Tikar people of Cameroon, and Melvin Collier’s came back as Fulani, if I recall correctly. Here is a link to an explanation of their database: http://www.africanancestry.com/databasemain.html
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