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I've mentioned here once before; a while ago I had a full genome DNA test done for a medical research project. As an inducement or a thank you, they provided a free and complete traits test. Everything is couched in terms such as "you may be more susceptible to" having blue eyes/a risk of skin cancer/arthritis, etc. or "you may be less likely to have a susceptibility to" other traits and conditions.

In other words, largely worthless unless you are a health or life insurer who wishes to base premiums on risks.

We already know for instance that smokers are more likely than non smokers to develop lung cancer. Yet not everyone who smokes will get lung cancer. Some lifelong smokers can live to ripe old ages without any health effects, although admittedly the risks increase with age.

But it's the same with traits. If they tell you that you might have blue eyes, you already know that you either do or don't. If they tell you that you are more susceptible to several or numerous life changing or life threatening diseases, do you really want to know that, and spend the rest of your life worrying about things that might never happen?

Admittedly, it might cause you to review and alter your lifestyle to mitigate the risks, but many of those lifestyle modifications are already known to be beneficial in general, so anyone who is that concerned or wants to give themselves the best chance of a long and healthy life is probably practising them already.

In other words, I wouldn't waste you money, and as for dogs and other animals   :D

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Don't know any of my DNA matches!!
« on: Friday 22 September 23 16:33 BST (UK)  »
He wasn't Canadian, but a bullet wound to my grandfather's face and two shrapnel wounds to his head are how close I came to not being here today.

When I look back through my family lines, it's quite astounding how lucky I am to be here at all, and I guess it must be the same for most if not all of us alive today. Not just because of the Great War, but also ancestors who were the only child from their family who survived to adulthood and produced children, or died from complications of bearing a child whom without which I wouldn't be here also.

So many examples in my ancestry. It's quite thought provoking..

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry Traits
« on: Friday 22 September 23 16:21 BST (UK)  »
So now you know how useful it is, yet you still want to see their results?  :D

The Common Room / Re: Family Historian software
« on: Friday 22 September 23 16:19 BST (UK)  »
I'd also recommend obtaining a copy of the "Getting the most from Family Historian 6" book. Unfortunately, there isn't (yet) an equivalent for FH7, but if you've been using the program for a while you should be able to recognise where certain things differ, and how to work around them.

But using the tutorials in the book together with the sample project that FH installs on your computer is an excellent way to discover many features that you might otherwise be completely unaware of. Some you may have no further interest in, but others you will probably find really useful, and might never discover them simply by using the software as it presents itself to you.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Chromosone browser for Ancestry DNA Matches
« on: Thursday 21 September 23 21:51 BST (UK)  »
I don't know if you meant it that way, but I read your post as suggesting that the chromosome browser can be used with DNA matches from /.com

It can't of course, it can only be used against DNA matches on the Living DNA site. The browser is only available if you have tested directly with Living DNA or have transferred in a test from another site such as Ancestry, and have paid Living DNA an upgrade fee to access additional features.

The Common Room / Re: Child dying before sending off Census - The Wades
« on: Saturday 09 September 23 09:31 BST (UK)  »
I agree with CaroleW. He probably thought he had to name all children on the form, living or dead, and then realised his mistake. I wouldn't say that it supports the child having died between filling out and submitting the form, unless other evidence of the child's date of death supports that.

One of my ancestors did something similar in the 1911 census, listing three children, one of whom had died several years previously. But having either realised his mistake or having had it pointed out, ho compounded it further by crossing out and marking as deceased one of the two surviving children, leaving the deceased one still apparently alive.

I'm not sure who could make a statutory declaration in respect of a birth or death registration, but it probably had to be someone connected to the individual.

One of my GG Aunts gave birth to a daughter towards the end of WW1. Her husband was still overseas and a lodger who had been living at the same address was named as the father.

Almost 3 months later both parties returned to the registration office with a statutory declaration to the effect that the lodger was not in fact the father, and the entry was amended to remove him from the register.
No "new" father was named, and the birth was indexed under both the lodger and the mother's surnames, although only the latter can be found in the GRO online index.

The child appeared in the 1921 census living with her maternal grandparents, and recorded in the census with the surname of the lodger whose name had been originally entered as the father.

Make of that what you will!

Family History Beginners Board / Re: The Seamans from Spalding
« on: Friday 08 September 23 16:03 BST (UK)  »
It was quite common for children to be given the names of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and sometimes of people marrying into the family.

With my GGM's family, also from Spalding, there were several families with the same first names repeated more than once, and two cousins with the same names whose wifes also shared the same first names. I ended up doing a one-name study in Spalding and the surrounding area to try and make sense of who was who and how they were related or not. In the end, the determination of which of two women was my GGGM came down to the person who was present at her death being a near neighbour of one of the two identically named women in previous censuses, and also the GM of a woman who later married one of my GM's brothers.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: DNA results crack a mystery
« on: Thursday 07 September 23 13:05 BST (UK)  »
FindMyPast DNA testing used LivingDNA, so anyone who bought a test through FindMyPast will be on their database. Yes, they are predominantly UK oriented, but their database is pretty small compared to Ancestry.

I have had a couple of good results from LivingDNA that hadn't tested elsewhere, and being on as many databases as possible is best for working with matches, but for perspective I have 435 matches in total on LivingDNA as opposed to around 10,000 on Ancestry.

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