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A few years back, Dad and I both had DNA tests done with 23andme and were intrigued to see what the 'Health Reports' would say.  :o They are very careful to not let you 'accidentally' read what could be very disturbing reports.

When the results came we were totally amazed at how accurate they were - the VERY high prediction that Dad would have AF would have scared the life out of us if he hadn't just been diagnosed.  We also both showed up as being intolerant of a specific drug and interestingly it was one that had been discussed for him - an alternative was found.   ;D

I do worry though, that a lot of people don't seem to realise the possible implications of taking a DNA test - whether it be health reports, a surprise close relative or your biological family not quite being who you thought they were.  Once you know you can't go back ...  :'(


The Common Room / Re: Ages children were paid inheritance in wills 1700s
« on: Wednesday 23 August 17 21:51 BST (UK)  »

This happened in my family - but much later on - my Great Grandfather died very young and so his two children were also well underage at the time.  His will has various trusts mentioned to ensure there is money for the children, but my Great Aunt (older than my Grandfather by 6 years) had to wait until her brother was 21 before she was able to inherit.  Given that she was only 8 when her father died it can't have been personal!


Family History Beginners Board / Re: Tracing an ancestor ( Convents records)
« on: Saturday 19 August 17 18:26 BST (UK)  »
 ;D I'm confused too about why Nora Boyle is her cousin - or isn't!

But with regard to your comment about whether she was a teacher or a nun... the Notre Dame Sisters (nuns) were a teaching Order so if she was a Notre Dame Sister then she most likely was a teacher - if that makes sense!


The Common Room / Re: Help for my academic study on family history researchers
« on: Friday 28 July 17 16:32 BST (UK)  »

I've done the survey...

Ancestry is great but has to be tamed first - I am getting better at knowing what to search for in order to avoid loads of American records popping up.  It does still have some strange ideas about what might be relevant to me and I have to be very discerning about which records might be relevant. 

I have not needed Scotland's People much but it was fascinating when I used it the other day - I was so excited about what was available and just how much information I could get - and how (relatively) inexpensive it was to cross check - well compared to buying certificates down here in England!  I find both sites very easy to use - I use Find My Past as well - only because of the 1939 Register and the newspapers - I really don't like that one for some reason - it is not so intuitive but perhaps I don't use it enough.


A while back I spent many hours trawling through the coroners records for Sussex looking for my ancestors.  I was disappointed that the same names kept cropping up as part of the jury but never as the accused (or victims). 

Then I struck lucky  ::) and found the case of my mother's 9xGGF's brother (on her father's side) found guilty of the manslaughter of the wife of the Forgeman he worked for.  And then the horrible truth dawned - the poor victim was my mother's 11xGGM on her mother's side.

I don't suppose it ever occurred to them that 300 years later their descendants (my Mum's parents) would be bring the two families together!  I think it's safe to say also that neither of my Grandparents knew the story.

During those 300 years there are well documented power struggles between the two families in Mid Sussex (they never moved very far at all) which have been preserved in documents such as Churchwarden's notes and 'donations' to the Church - each vying for greater prominence and the accumulation of land and property!

Liz  8)

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Who to test with??
« on: Tuesday 18 July 17 19:25 BST (UK)  »
Don't know what method 23andme uses.
It's a saliva sample.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Who to test with??
« on: Tuesday 18 July 17 19:18 BST (UK)  »

I, and various members of my family including, my parents have tested with 23andme, FTDNA and Ancestry.  Of all of them I find FTDNA the most useful because the matches are more responsive and less likely to be anonymous.  Many of my Dad's 23andme top matches seem only to have tested because of the health reports - which is so frustrating!

Potentially Ancestry should get better but a lot of people still have no tree attached to their result and there are not so many British people there - but that's true everywhere still.

Finally, it depends on the type of test because FTDNA is the only company that will do Y-DNA tests and I was very keen to get both my Dad, and Mum's brother, tested to give me both Y haplogroups.

I'm sure others will have different opinions though.  The most important thing is to decide before taking a DNA test whether you are prepared for whatever the outcome might be - I thought my family were the most straightforward imaginable - how wrong was I - part of my tree had to be culled and the surprises keep coming!

Liz  8)

Thank you Monica - Scotland's People has so much useful information - I wish we had this down here in England!  Terence and Teresa married in Glasgow ... so still looking for their birthplaces, but the Scally / Currell death record!!  Wow - what a goldmine.  Yes it is definitely her - I had forgotten it would give me her parents names too and therefore her mother's MS!

Shame I don't have time to do much research today!

Thanks so much!


Thank you - I have just had a look and found the orange box and contacted them.  :)


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