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Research Your Family Tree Forward to Work Out DNA Matches

Research Your Family Tree Forward to Work Out DNA Matches

I have many DNA matches on FTDNA and GEDMatch and I’ve researched collateral lines. Yet, I struggle to figure out how we my DNA matches are related to me.  Knowing we’re related is only the beginning.  Figuring out how is the hard part.  I’ve spent considerable time going backwards with my research.  I’m bringing my lines  forward in hopes of learning who my DNA matches are. How about you? DNA Research is a Challenge My autosomal test results have confirmed…

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Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Have you uploaded your raw DNA files to GEDMatch.com?  If not, you should consider it.  Not only is there the possibility of connecting with new cousins who tested with different DNA companies, there are some nifty tools not available anywhere else.  There are a variety of chromosome mapping tools that allow you to analyze your DNA in a variety of ways. My Ancestry is Split Just a brief note about my ancestry before we get started so you’ll have something…

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What a Week for Genealogy!

What a Week for Genealogy!

Okay, so I didn’t blog at all.  Excuse me if I was a bit distracted.  I have good reason.  Three new cousins found me this week and I’ve been awash in new details, photographs, and research. One of my reason I blog is about my ancestors is to share my research experience.  But equally important is the fact that it works as thinly disguised cousin bait.  And, this week I hit the mother lode.  I made new connections on my…

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Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

I  have three cousins who have had their DNA tested. Three cousins who match me (thank goodness). Three completely different amounts of DNA passed down. How is that possible? Recombination. My three cousins and I have all taken autosomal DNA tests. As I understand it, although everyone who descends from a specific ancestor carries that person’s DNA, not everyone carries it on the same chromosomes or carries the same amount on the same chromosomes. That is called  recombination. With each…

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My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

For the most part, my DNA results have been a side note to my regular genealogy research.  I’ve worked out two matches in the two years since testing.  Most of my matches are vague, 4th to distant matches.  So, why did this one DNA match catch my interest? My DNA Match is French I will reveal only a little bit about my match as they have not answered my email and I will respect their privacy. When I saw the…

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