GeneaChat: DNA-Has it Solved a Puzzle? 1

GeneaChat: DNA - Has it Solved a Puzzle?

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It’s that time of year when the DNA kits are on sale and we either are giving them as gifts, or we have asked to receive one or more for ourselves during the holidays.

You may have already tested and are trying to figure out what to do next. Or you may have kits and are not sure how to convince your relatives to share their spit!

This month we are sharing our DNA stories! Have you tested? What have you discovered? Was everything as you thought it would be or have there been surprises?

Are you waiting for a test to be taken or results to come in? What are you looking for? Any specific ethnic group? Are you looking for help connecting with an adopted family member or a connection to a specific line?

What have been your experiences with getting others to test? Have they been eager to help out or weary of what you are asking of them?

What types of tests have you done? Autosomal, Y, MtDNA or others? Have you used third party sites like Gedmatch?

What have you done in order to help you understand what tests you need to take and how to interpret the results? Classes, videos, webinars etc.?

My experience with DNA has been to test myself, my parents, brother and my mom’s cousins. How I wish the tests had been available and affordable when my grandparents were still living!

Why did I test? First, I wanted to get my dad’s Y-DNA, mom’s MtDNA tested. Not for any specific purpose, but to make sure their DNA was in the “pool”. Next, I tested my parents, brother and my autosomal DNA. Basically, for the same reason. It’s there and can be used when or if I need it to help solve a problem. Our ethnic results came back as expected. My family was agreeable to test however, brother was a little skeptical about why I wanted to test him when we were siblings. He thought our results would be exactly the same. Explaining to him about the way autosomal DNA recombines didn’t convince him until the results came in and yes, we are siblings, but our ethnic percentages were different! His numbers are similar but we got a little bit more or less than the other in certain categories. Also interesting is that the Migration map shows we are in the South Carolina Settlers group but I am also in the Mississippi Louisiana Settlers group as well. Our small amounts of African American percentages are from different areas!

Recently, I tested two of my mom’s maternal cousins. We are hoping the autosomal connections will help to determine their grandmother’s birth parents.

Have you had people reach out to you with a possible connection? My experience so far is those who may have a connection further up my tree with an adoption or more common, a connection through their African American enslaved ancestors who may have a tie to my slave holding lines.

For at least one, we share the same great great grandfather as our ancestors seem to be brothers.

What about you? What is your DNA experience? Has it solved a puzzle? Whether you are a newbie or expert, haven’t tested or have multiple tests of all kinds everywhere we want to hear from you! Sharing experiences helps others and gives a chance to tell your story to people who will listen!

You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us about your DNA experiences. Add the link to your post in the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the GeneaChat: DNA – Has it Solved a Puzzle? -Recap December 28, 2017.

Thanks for GeneaChatting!


Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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One thought on “GeneaChat: DNA-Has it Solved a Puzzle?

  • Terri O'Connell

    I used AncestryDNA to solve a family puzzle. Unfortunately, I cannot share details because it still deals with living people.

    This was the first I used it for that reason and I am glad I was able to find the answer that was needed.