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FAQs for beginners by Donna Rutherford
« on: Monday 19 November 18 16:54 GMT (UK) »
Found these today whilst browsing.

http://donnarutherford.com/dna-what-when-how-why-faqs-for-beginners/

http://donnarutherford.com/filtering-and-searching-your-dna-matches/

They are quite informative, especially for beginners, but everyone could probably pick up a hint or two.

Regards Margaret
STEER, mainly Surrey, Kent; PINNOCKS/HAINES, Gosport, Hants; BARKER, mainly Broadwater, Sussex; Gosport, Hampshire; LAVERSUCH, Micheldever, Hampshire; WESTALL, London, Reading, Berks; HYDE, Croydon, Surrey; BRIGDEN, Hadlow, Kent and London; TUTHILL/STEPHENS, London
WILKINSON, Leeds, Yorkshire and Liverpool; WILLIAMSON, Liverpool; BEARE, Yeovil, Somerset; ALLEN, Kent and London; GORST, Liverpool; HOYLE, mainly Leeds, Yorkshire

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Re: FAQs for beginners by Donna Rutherford
« Reply #1 on: Monday 19 November 18 17:13 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for those links, Margaret.

It's always good to get some more guides and explanations.

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Love this:

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Ethnicity Estimates are just that, “estimates”. They can relate to your ancestry from hundreds or even thousands of years ago and therefore will not match your paper trail from the genealogical time period.   Ethnicity results are calculated by comparing you to a reference group of people.  These are people that meet certain criteria requested by the test company (e.g. a reference person might have 4 grandparents all born within 50 miles of each other, all with known Ancestry in that region).  Your DNA is compared to these people, often by scanning it several times and taking an average of the readings. The results are good for a continental view of where your DNA comes from, but the science is not able to really produce anything more detailed than that (yet!)
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Re: FAQs for beginners by Donna Rutherford
« Reply #2 on: Monday 19 November 18 17:26 GMT (UK) »
I don't understand how these reference groups are supposed to work (and they patently don't work).

Living DNA were asking for people with 4 grandparents born within a small area. All well and good, but supposing the 8 great grandparents were from France, China, Russia, Germany, USA, England, Scotland and Wales. Perhaps unlikely, but entirely possible, perhaps they all immigrated/arrived in London and environs.

Regards Puzzled Margaret

Reread - 'With known ancestry from that area.'

Not so puzzled, but it still doesn't work very well!!



STEER, mainly Surrey, Kent; PINNOCKS/HAINES, Gosport, Hants; BARKER, mainly Broadwater, Sussex; Gosport, Hampshire; LAVERSUCH, Micheldever, Hampshire; WESTALL, London, Reading, Berks; HYDE, Croydon, Surrey; BRIGDEN, Hadlow, Kent and London; TUTHILL/STEPHENS, London
WILKINSON, Leeds, Yorkshire and Liverpool; WILLIAMSON, Liverpool; BEARE, Yeovil, Somerset; ALLEN, Kent and London; GORST, Liverpool; HOYLE, mainly Leeds, Yorkshire

Census Information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.go