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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #9 on: Monday 25 June 18 13:47 BST (UK) »
I think that while DNA genealogy is a useful tool itís no substitute for traditional research. I got my Ancestry results back a year ago and in that time Iíve managed to find the links to just ten of those.  One is a second cousin once removed, one is a half-second cousin, seven are 4th cousins and one is a 5th cousin.  In most cases they had good trees, although in one case they had just four people in their tree but by luck there was an unusual surname also in my tree which turned out to be the link.

I have many other matches where Iím still doing work to establish the links.  I guess Iíve learned two main things over the last year:

(1) Up until doing my DNA test I had always focused on going back in time with research. I went sideways across each generation (e.g. added in siblings) but never went back down these lines again to more recent generations. I now realise that coming back down these lines helps enormously with trying to place DNA matches.

(2) Linked to this, I now realise that I shouldnít dismiss matches who are based in other countries. Initially I thought ďno point in following this one up, she lives in the USA. No one in my family tree lived there.Ē  Wrong.  Coming back down these sideways lines I now find people who emigrated to the USA, Canada and New Zealand.  The common ancestor was in England, but people moved away.

Once youíre u get started youíll learn some tricks, and making the first few links will give you new links.  It does become a bit easier, honest!
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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #10 on: Monday 25 June 18 15:53 BST (UK) »
Many people upload their raw data to other companies.

Take a look at GEDmatch.  This site will accept raw DNA uploads from different sources (Ancestry, 23andme, etc) so that you are comparing your DNA in a larger pool.  And it is a free service!

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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #11 on: Monday 25 June 18 15:59 BST (UK) »
Sorry, I should have said that the results I mentioned above were after uploading my Ancestry results to GEDMatch, MyHeritage and FTDNA. Without that I wouldnít even have reached ten confirmed matches.

Iím sure Iíd make more progress if I had other family members who had tested, and/or more leisure time (working Mum)  ;D
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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #12 on: Monday 25 June 18 22:02 BST (UK) »
I think that while DNA genealogy is a useful tool itís no substitute for traditional research. I got my Ancestry results back a year ago and in that time Iíve managed to find the links to just ten of those.  One is a second cousin once removed, one is a half-second cousin, seven are 4th cousins and one is a 5th cousin.  In most cases they had good trees, although in one case they had just four people in their tree but by luck there was an unusual surname also in my tree which turned out to be the link.

I have many other matches where Iím still doing work to establish the links.  I guess Iíve learned two main things over the last year:

(1) Up until doing my DNA test I had always focused on going back in time with research. I went sideways across each generation (e.g. added in siblings) but never went back down these lines again to more recent generations. I now realise that coming back down these lines helps enormously with trying to place DNA matches.

(2) Linked to this, I now realise that I shouldnít dismiss matches who are based in other countries. Initially I thought ďno point in following this one up, she lives in the USA. No one in my family tree lived there.Ē  Wrong.  Coming back down these sideways lines I now find people who emigrated to the USA, Canada and New Zealand.  The common ancestor was in England, but people moved away.

Once youíre u get started youíll learn some tricks, and making the first few links will give you new links.  It does become a bit easier, honest!

Thanks, I do the same with my search. Add siblings but not follow them down through the generations. I can see how this would help find the connection .

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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #13 on: Monday 25 June 18 22:03 BST (UK) »
Many people upload their raw data to other companies.

Take a look at GEDmatch.  This site will accept raw DNA uploads from different sources (Ancestry, 23andme, etc) so that you are comparing your DNA in a larger pool.  And it is a free service!

Bryce

Thanks, I've had a little look at Gedmatch and Myheritage, how do I upload my raw data?

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« Reply #14 on: Monday 25 June 18 22:15 BST (UK) »
Many people upload their raw data to other companies.

Take a look at GEDmatch.  This site will accept raw DNA uploads from different sources (Ancestry, 23andme, etc) so that you are comparing your DNA in a larger pool.  And it is a free service!

Bryce

On the main page of GEDmatch there is a link to upload raw DNA results.  Just follow the instructions.

Thanks, I've had a little look at Gedmatch and Myheritage, how do I upload my raw data?
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Yorkshire: FEVERS, SCALES
Kent:  RUMLEY, NIGH
London:  HUGHES, NIGHTINGALE

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Re: Ancestry DNA questions
« Reply #15 on: Monday 25 June 18 23:21 BST (UK) »
Thanks!