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The Common Room / Re: AncestryProGenealogists
« on: Thursday 18 October 18 16:52 BST (UK)  »

I will have to live with my brick walls a bit longer.
regards tobyma123. :)

I think you're absolutely right - $1000 indeed!! Not sure what that is in pounds but I was thinking 30 or so for an hour!! I really can't see what Brexit has to do with it!

I broke down a couple of huge brickwalls via DNA testing so I'll certainly stick to my own devices!!

$1000 - I don't believe it! (said in my best Victor Meldrew voice!!) :o :o

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Is this Ancestry DNA offer just for Americans?
« on: Thursday 18 October 18 12:23 BST (UK)  »
Thanks - I'll wait then!

Will I be able to get a kit delivered to my brother's address even though I'm ordering it and Ancestry obviously know my address? Brother said he would do it but I want to make it as easy for him as possible - or he'll lose interest! You know what brothers are like.....!!

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Is this Ancestry DNA offer just for Americans?
« on: Monday 15 October 18 15:58 BST (UK)  »
I've received a couple of emails from Ancestry in the last few days with an offer of saving 30% off a DNA testing kit - but they're only in dollars, and I can't see anywhere to convert it to pounds.

Is the offer only open to Americans and, if so, why do they keep sending emails to me here in the UK? I could do with another kit but have been waiting for just such an offer. Do I keep on waiting?  ??? :-\


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 11 October 18 17:55 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for highlighting these new features. In my usual blind-as-a-bat way. I hadn't noticed them!

I suppose its good that Ancestry are making efforts to improve our 'viewing experience'.

One I could do with  - please tell me if it already exists and I've missed it - is just a straightforward search to go straight to a specific match. I have made a written list (sweet, old fashioned thing that I am) of all my matches down to 4-6th cousin with notes of progress so far with each. However, when I come to want to find them on my on-screen list, I'm having to scroll down the whole list to find them. I try to get there faster by estimating where they are on the list from the number of matching cMs but that doesn't help with the newer ones that have been tagged on to the bottom of my written list!

Speaking of new ones: I'm getting withdrawal symptoms - haven't had any for a while. Mine tend to be like buses: none for ages and then a few come along together (albeit, usually with no tree. Boy, does that make me spit!!)  :-[


The Common Room / Re: AncestryProGenealogists
« on: Saturday 06 October 18 13:23 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the replies. Loved yours, Martin.

Yes, I've asked on here for help with these brickwalls - often more than once - but they remain steadfast and insurmountable. I should imagine we've all got them!

 I've been at this a good while now and think I'm pretty good at it - she said, immodestly!  :-[  Of course I prefer - probably like most of us on Rootschat - to do my own research. Its a buzz when it goes right but its awfully frustrating when it doesn't!!

The main reason I asked about the Ancestry service is because I keep getting emails from them about it. This is ever since I took their DNA test. I just thought I'd ask for other's experiences of using it but perhaps no one on here has done so.

The Common Room / AncestryProGenealogists
« on: Saturday 06 October 18 12:20 BST (UK)  »
I keep meaning to ask this - has anyone used, or received an estimate for the cost of using, this professional researchers service of Ancestry's?

I have a few brickwalls, including a couple which are looking insurmountable, but I'm not going to pay the earth to solve them!

I have, in the distant past, also used private researchers and those based in county archives and they never come up with the goods but merely regurgitate in a different form the facts that you've already given them! Either that, or they give you information about people with the same surname who aren't in any way relevant to the brief. So, I'm sceptical to say the least.  :-\

I'd be interested to hear people's experience of using the Ancestry service.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Gedmatch - not sure what use it is!
« on: Saturday 06 October 18 12:11 BST (UK)  »
I think maybe I'm going to have to eat my words!

I sent off just 3 emails yesterday and this morning I have a very nice reply (gosh! someone actually replied!) from a lady in New Zealand and, from what she says, its looking as if we have common ancestors in Aberdeen. I won't count my chickens yet though!

Perhaps I might go further down the list and send a few more emails after all!!


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Gedmatch - not sure what use it is!
« on: Friday 05 October 18 15:08 BST (UK)  »
Well, I must say I'm glad its not just me! I thought I was missing something!

I'm just emailing a few of them that didn't test with Ancestry as a sort of yardstick as to what kind of reaction you get from Gedmatch matches. I am finding that the vast majority of them appear to be American but I have discovered a few US relations via Ancestry and two of them turned out to be descendants of the natural fathers of two of my great grandparents so I'm loathe to discount them out of hand.

I'll wait and see if I get any replies!

On the plus side - nothing to do with Gedmatch - one of my brothers has just agreed to do the Ancestry test so that might give me a bit more to go on.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Gedmatch - not sure what use it is!
« on: Friday 05 October 18 11:56 BST (UK)  »
As everyone seemed to rave about gedmatch and how useful it was, I took the plunge and uploaded my DNA stuff to it a couple of weeks ago.

I've been able to access the results for most of that time (they were very quick) but I'm finding I'm not really that bothered (and I AM a very keen family historian!). I thought it would add valuable info to my genealogical research but all it seems to do is give me another list of matches a la Ancestry but this time with no access to possible trees (okay, the odd one has uploaded a Gedcom). So, really its just a repeat process of emailing people on the list who haven't tested with Ancestry and probably 9 times out of 10 getting no reply.

Speaking of Ancestry: why do I have some people on my gedmatch list of matches who, according to the 'A' before their kit number, have also tested with Ancestry but do not seem to appear on my original Ancestry match list? Why would that be?

I thought people who had bothered to go the extra mile and upload to gedmatch would be 'true' family historians and would be much keener to make contact than the average A tester ( I have always had to initiate contact on A ) so, for a change, I sat back and waited to be contacted. Nothing!

I read somewhere on another thread that Gedmatch could be helpful in finding unknown natural fathers in my tree. Can anyone explain how?

I don't mean to be negative (and it didn't cost me anything!) and perhaps I have a lot to learn. I've watched a couple of videos on YouTube to try and get into the whole gedmatch thing but I still only see a list of names and email addresses.


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