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mrmhead On about 3 hours ago




NE, Ohio
#1New Post! Dec 20, 2018 @ 18:41:40
You've probably heard of them by now - Commercial / Consumer DNA testing kits to trace your genealogy.

I'm not referring to a medical procedure for medical reasons/information.

Would you do it?

I wouldn't.
1) I don't trust the accuracy
a mix up, or bad sample could cause undue strife in a family

2) It's just more of *my* information in somebody else's hands to exploit
Cold cases have been solved by matching genes to an unwitting relative


And if some unknown truth comes out, all the resulting grief and stress:
DNA
(note: long read, I didn't finish it yet)
(spoiler alert)
The "father" died (presumably) a happy man, none the wiser.

If a family member handed out kits, I would kindly decline.
bobbimay On about 12 hours ago




Tucson, Arizona
#2New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 13:31:24
@mrmhead Said

You've probably heard of them by now - Commercial / Consumer DNA testing kits to trace your genealogy.

I'm not referring to a medical procedure for medical reasons/information.

Would you do it?

I wouldn't.
1) I don't trust the accuracy
a mix up, or bad sample could cause undue strife in a family

2) It's just more of *my* information in somebody else's hands to exploit
Cold cases have been solved by matching genes to an unwitting relative


And if some unknown truth comes out, all the resulting grief and stress:
DNA
(note: long read, I didn't finish it yet)
(spoiler alert)
The "father" died (presumably) a happy man, none the wiser.

If a family member handed out kits, I would kindly decline.



I already did take a DNA test...and found out that grandma on my mother side has some explaining to do.. it came out 52% Apache dads side no surprise.. and 4% Navajo mother side big surprise..with 43% Irish and surrounding area and 1% south Africa..my mother died last year I would have loved to see what was in her DNA..

I can see how DNA test can hurt some families if there were secrets unknown to the rest of the family..could split some families apart ..but all in all I found it interesting..
mrmhead On about 3 hours ago




NE, Ohio
#3New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 13:47:10
@bobbimay Said

I already did take a DNA test...and found out that grandma on my mother side has some explaining to do.. it came out 52% Apache dads side no surprise.. and 4% Navajo mother side big surprise..with 43% Irish and surrounding area and 1% south Africa..my mother died last year I would have loved to see what was in her DNA..

I can see how DNA test can hurt some families if there were secrets unknown to the rest of the family..could split some families apart ..but all in all I found it interesting..


With some of them you have the opportunity to upload the info to the web/database to possibly link with other relatives.

Did you?
bobbimay On about 12 hours ago




Tucson, Arizona
#4New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 14:29:10
@mrmhead Said

With some of them you have the opportunity to upload the info to the web/database to possibly link with other relatives.

Did you?



no I didn't I have a need to unmask family secrets..
chaski On about 4 hours ago
Stalker





Tree at Floydgirrl's Window,
#5New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 15:01:59
My brother did the DNA test, I haven't but am assuming there are no surprises.

We are 100% white bread.

Some people say things like everyone has Native American ancestry or everyone has some African... one friend told me everyone has Hebrew...

Nope. Apparently we are 100% white bread split between the British Isles, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe. No Native American, no African, no Asian, no Hebrew... white bread.

I was kind of hoping to be more like a rye & pumpernickel swirl.
Erimitus On about 6 hours ago




The mind of God, Antarctica
#6New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 16:59:16
@chaski Said

My brother did the DNA test, I haven't but am assuming there are no surprises.

We are 100% white bread.

Some people say things like everyone has Native American ancestry or everyone has some African... one friend told me everyone has Hebrew...

Nope. Apparently we are 100% white bread split between the British Isles, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe. No Native American, no African, no Asian, no Hebrew... white bread.

I was kind of hoping to be more like a rye & pumpernickel swirl.


Go back far enough and everyone came from Africa
chaski On about 4 hours ago
Stalker





Tree at Floydgirrl's Window,
#7New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 17:06:44
@Erimitus Said

Go back far enough and everyone came from Africa



I think my ancestors were members of the Cro-Magnons tribe back in those days...

Some 40,000 years ago, Cro-Magnons -- the first people who had a skeleton that looked anatomically modern -- entered Europe, coming from Africa. Geneticists now show that a Cro-Magnoid individual who lived in Southern Italy 28,000 years ago was a modern European, genetically as well as anatomically.

...Italy... Italians...

No wonder I like spaghetti.

white_swan53 On July 15, 2019




n/a, New Mexico
#8New Post! Dec 21, 2018 @ 17:57:34
Oh no,no,no,,,After hearing some of the stories of the previous generations in my family tree, I don't want to know.
Cpat92 On July 05, 2019
It's all or nothing





Lauderhill, Florida
#9New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 08:31:25
I’d do it out of curiosity.
Leon On about 4 hours ago




San Diego, California
#10New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 16:03:43
Color.com is the most important DNA test one can take, in terms of long term health for yourself.

Regardless, back on topic, I took the Ancestry.com test, with disappointing results. Not on the results themselves but the realization what they were actually based on and the inaccuracies within.

Firstly, the results don’t actually reflect your family tree. They reflect which DNA you randomly acquired from your parents upon conception. This is why my brother and sister, who all had the same parents and also took the test, had completely different results than I did.

In other words if you already know what percentage of each region your family tree comes from (which I did), the Ancestry.com won’t reflect that. For example, I’m roughly 1/4 French, 1/4 Noreigian, 1/4 German, 1/8 Irish, and1/8 British based on family tree records and immigration dates. But the DNA test revealed that I am half German, 1/4 Irish, and 1/4 Scandinavian, which was way off from known heritage. This just simply meant that I got more of my mother’s German and Irish DNA than my dad’s French DNA upon conception.

Or so I thought.

A year later, Ancestry.com “updated” my results, based on apperently shifting global data study. Now, according to them, I’m 1/2 Scandinavian, 1/8 German, 1/4 Irish.

At that point I decided to just take it all with a grain of salt and stick with our known, already extensively researched, heritage.

And focus on Color.com and the Big Five personality test in regards to insight on who I am and how I can live/change accordingly for the better.
newcarscent7 On about 2 hours ago




Cleveland, Ohio
#11New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 16:43:50
My family is very inconsistent on what backgrounds I hail, especially on my dads side. I would love to clear that up.
Erimitus On about 6 hours ago




The mind of God, Antarctica
#12New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 20:39:28
What if I find out that my dad is not my real father. What ...what if he should find out. Mom would have some explaining to do.
mrmhead On about 3 hours ago




NE, Ohio
#13New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 20:59:31
Even mothers finding out it's not their child - Switched at birth in the hospital!
Erimitus On about 6 hours ago




The mind of God, Antarctica
#14New Post! Dec 22, 2018 @ 21:27:34
@mrmhead Said

Even mothers finding out it's not their child - Switched at birth in the hospital!



I believe I was switched at birth and my real parents are very wealthy.
mrmhead On about 3 hours ago




NE, Ohio
#15New Post! Jan 09, 2019 @ 17:01:48
@mrmhead Said

Cold cases have been solved by matching genes to an unwitting relative



Like this one:
DNA

DNA was collected at the scene, but there were no matches -- until last year, when the sample was sent to Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company, for genetic testing.
.... then submitted them to a public genetic genealogy database, which brought back matches of Rowe's relatives.
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