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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…

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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…

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Observations on DNA Research Three Months Later

Observations on DNA Research Three Months Later

As many of you know, I got my DNA results in July. It’s been an interesting experience–and an educational one. There are a couple of things that have struck me a) There are many people who have had the autosomal DNA test done, but who have only researched their father’s side of the tree. Autosomal results are based on both sides of your tree, so it isn’t as if they are highlighting the side of the tree that their test…

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The Azores DNA Project Needs Your Help

The Azores DNA Project Needs Your Help

Many people don’t know about the Azores DNA Project.  It is one of the groups developed via FTDNA.com’s website.  Azoreans who have their DNA tests done can then join the group. The purpose of the group is to help Azorean genealogists (whether you are Azorean or one line of your tree is Azorean) connect with other genealogists, work to overcome brick walls, and help overcome the surname practices of the Azoreans. Those who hit a pai incognito (father’s name not…

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My DNA Results are in!

My DNA Results are in!

You all may remember that sometime in May I sent in my samples for a FTDNA Family Finder autosomal DNA test.  Well, my results are in! My roots are as follows: My father’s side:  entirely French back to at least 1600 My mother’s side:  paternal-Azorean (same island, Sao Miguel); maternal-English, Irish, and Welsh.  My Welsh ancestors made a  detour through Austrlia for a decade or two. I am not surprised by this break down except for the 3% Finnish.  I’ve…

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