Browsed by
Tag: DNA Research

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…

Read More Read More

Harry Jackson, Are You to Blame for My Weird DNA Matches?

Harry Jackson, Are You to Blame for My Weird DNA Matches?

I had my DNA tested with FTDNA about 2 years ago.  I go over my matches regularly.  I can see that my matches have ancestry from Ireland, Wales, England, the Azores, or France.  I don’t know the connections, but it is plausible that we are related.  Other matches make not sense at all. Then, there are matches like this one.  His roots are in Cuba.  Cuba?  I have quite a few whose roots are from Mexico.  Recently, I matched someone…

Read More Read More

GEDMatch Can Process FTDNA DNA Files Again

GEDMatch Can Process FTDNA DNA Files Again

You may have heard about the conflict between DNA testing company, FTDNA, and DNA tools website, GEDMatch.com.  If you aren’t familiar with GEDMatch, it allows for the comparison of DNA files with people who have had their DNA tested through different companies. A few weeks ago, they stopped processing files from FTDNA by FTDNA’s order.   You can read more about their concerns over privacy in Dick Eastman’s article “GEDMatch Suspends FTDNA Transfers.”  The two companies did get together, and I…

Read More Read More

Organizing My DNA Results

Organizing My DNA Results

As those who read this blog regularly know, I had an autosomal DNA test done in July 2014. Since then, I have played with my results many times. I’ve written many emails to possible new cousins. But, I haven’t really been able to deal with the enormity of the data and how to organize it into chunks that made sense to me. For instance, I know that I connect to two different families. We do not know how we connect…

Read More Read More

Figuring Out a DNA Relationship with Research

Figuring Out a DNA Relationship with Research

Last month, I contacted a person who came up on my FTDNA match list.  FTDNA suggested them as a 2nd to 4th cousin match.  The person’s name was not familiar to me and they did not post a family tree.  I contacted them but as of today I received no response. Last night, I decided to go over my recent matches.  I looked at this person’s information once again (I will leave off their name for privacy reasons).  I looked…

Read More Read More