Best company for testing for Dutch ancestors/ancestors from the Netherlands?

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What DNA testing company do WikiTreers use if they're trying to find matches with Dutch ancestors?

Here is related question that I found:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1111317/dna-testing-whats-best

Recently I used MyHeritage with my 100% Dutch mother.

It found five extended family members and a few dozen more distant family members.

One was already known to me, a half-cousin once or twice removed through my mother's grandfather (depending on whether you're comparing me or my mother), one of which was a descendant (a second cousin) of her great-grandfather (which I could figure out from the person's surname and from the parents included in his tree).

But that's it. I have heard nothing from the other three and their trees aren't good enough to deduce a relationship. Though the type of ethnicity reported allows me to figure out they're connect through my mother's mother's side (& that's the side I have no DNA evidence for connections). The same applies to nearly everyone else who was listed. Very few responses, whether in Dutch or English.

My suspicion is that many people upload their DNA sample to MyHeritage on a whim because MyHeritage allows for a free upload. These people likely aren't used to checking their MyHeritage messages and I imagine they get lost in the noise. Who knows? I'm still waiting for the DNA results to process at FamilyTree DNA so I'll see if those results are any better.
in Genealogy Help by Eric Dunbar G2G1 (1.4k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
You could try the free upload to Geneanet. They are based in France, so being in continental Europe may have more testers with some Dutch ancestry than sites from elsewhere in the world.
Thank you for the suggestion. I'm taking a look at geneanet.org.
I've tested with ancestry.com and 23andMe and uploaded those results to My Heritage, FTDNA and Genie. None of them differentiate my Dutch DNA from German, German/French, broadly Northern Europen or broadly Western European. However, I do have DNA matches with people who have Dutch ancestors in their trees and some specific to my tree.
Which website provided the most useful genealogical connections?
Hello again, Mr. Dunbar,

You have beaten me to it!  :)

I was literally just about to ask the same question, but I checked my feed first and voila! The question had been asked! I am also interested in the answers people are giving, looking forward to giving it a go too!

I go with the answers of  my Dutch WT partners here. I do not need a DNA test. I like to find reliable sources myself.

That might cause I miss some child or children were born out of wedlock? Hardly think so. But if so...... it is.

Dutch are notorious for being tight. Yes they are a kind of. laugh

But they love to spend money on things that are giving them reliable info, that they can not generated themselves and is free. Call it tight or just economic.

Most birth and baptism docs of our Dutch ancestors is online till half way the 17th century. And sometimes even to the beginning of the 16th century too. What else we need.

Payed pages are pulling money out of pockets for info that is copied info of copied info of copied info of Aunt Beth who added her rememberences without reliable sources. She is thinking she knows the baptism date of her Aunt Ann?

Aunt Beth is now 78 as she add those dates. Her Aunt Ann was born about 100 years before Aunt Beth add the (birth) years of Aunt Ann. Aunt Beth was not physically at the birth or baptism of Aunt Ann. Aunt Beth's memory........ well anyone will find out working at family at WT that memory is not as strong as we think it is.

If you didn't fall in the trick to pay for a membership to see YOUR family info, reliably sourced or just family trees with copies of copies, they will offer you DNA testing.

Spend money where ever you like. If you have it you can spoil it.

Or, if it is about Dutch ancestors, jump in here at the DRP. We love to help you how to find reliable sources at The Netherlands, as many are available between 1911 and........... depending on the churchbooks but at least bac to circa 1660.

I will not let me DNA tested for the next years.

Ik ben ook wel goedkoop. Zelfs meer dan u want ik heb een Schotse achternaam :).

In principe heb ik 100% van mijn voorouders gevonden tot aan zes generaties terug met documentatie voor elke feit (behalve de geboorte en huwelijk van mijn grootouders en de overlijden van een paar voorouders... Maar ik heb DNA bewijs dat bevestigt dat mijn opa inderdaad mijn opa is). Maar ik heb geen bewijs dat de rest van de hypothesen juist zijn (en een stamboom is uiteindelijk een hypothese tot je DNA bewijs hebt). Alleen maar trouw-, geboorte- en overlijdensaktes. Die zijn wel redelijk betrouwbaar maar je weet maar nooit wie de echte vader is of er een fout is gemaakt. Je ziet wel vaak genoeg dat een overlijdensakte fouten heeft. Of een huwelijksakte een andere spelling heeft. Of de verkeerde geboorte/doopakte is geextracteerd voor de huwelijksbijlagen (Ik heb pas zo'n geval gevonden... Twee huwelijken 1824 en 1832 met twee mannen en kinderen die dezelfde jaren zijn geboren dus werkelijk twee families. Twee verschillenden overlijdensakten voor de vrouwen met dezelfde mannen. Beide huwelijken hadden dezelfde doopakte voor de vrouw... En de huwelijken van de kinderen hebben inderdaad de overlijdensdatum van de moeder bevestigd)

And, there is another situation: if the vader is not known due to IVF! Someone listed as a close relative is now in this situation. They don't know who their father is because of the anonymous nature of the donation.

We've now got a possible guess as to who the MRCA couple are based on two surnames in two other possible matches common to both of us, but, if there is a common ancestor for those surnames the ancestor would've been in the early 1700's/late 1600's because our respective trees for these surnames end in the mid 1700's (I'm reasonably confident for those ancestors).

Unfortunately I haven't been able to confirm my mother's maternal ancestors (yet).

I guess that's the scientist in me coming through. You employ probability to get you started but you need to be able to replicate your work. It's the same with genealogy. A genealogy is merely a working hypothesis that needs to be tested and refuted, if necessary.

The only way to test a genealogy is with DNA (and, even then it's not conclusive which is why triangulation is required here at WikiTree to mark more distant relationships as being DNA confirmed... and sometimes a relationship more than a few generations apart will never be able to be confirmed due to the stochastic nature of independent assortment and recombination). Anything else is nothing more than blind faith, informed by good documentation but you're still relying on that documentation being 100% accurate... and humans are not exactly known for their fidelity.

And, even then the documentation is not always correct. Look at how often the spelling of a name changes in their life. Or, a different parent shows up on a death certificate. Or, a parent is no longer known (especially for very long lived individuals or individuals who moved to another location). I know I made a mistake on the birth registration for one of my sons. I was sleep deprived and put down the wrong birth city (and even country) for my wife and me. Anyone trying to reconstruct our family in 100 years based on that information could be skeptical of my son's record because the birth locations for the parents are wrong.
Wow! Thanks very much Mr. Dunbar, this is a very interesting topic to be discussing, really enjoying the different opinions.

I wish I could help here, but I am, as I said, new to DNA, and looking for ways to do it.

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I recently had my 100% Dutch mother do a DNA test to test the hypothesis that is our family tree. Our recent ancestors (i.e. at least 250 years with almost complete coverage) hail primarily (probably 90%+) from two regions of the country: the modern day province of South Holland (Zevenhoven, Bodegraven, a bit of Amsterdam), and a specific region in the province of Overijssel called Twente. The experience reported here is based on my mother's DNA test. I have plans to test a Dutch aunt as well and I may try Ancestry.com to see how that experience compares with these sites.

Companies tried so far (in order):

  1. MyHeritage.com
  2. GEDmatch.com
  3. FamilyTreeDNA.com
  4. Geneanet.org

Companies of note not tried so far:

  1. Ancestry.com
  2. 23AndMe

1. MyHeritage (MH)

Reason for testing: I already had a subscription to their service (the 80% off special for $30 USD for a year), and they did not have a reputation for poor privacy terms and conditions. I used their "Valentine's Day Sale" for 25% off the regular price ($82 CAD from $109 CAD). That pricing is the same for most sales that MH offers since they're now (late April) having a "DNA Day Sale"

Pros: 

  • Test results available quite quickly (two to three weeks--note: I also took a sample of my father at the same time (<1% Dutch ancestry according to the tree I have so far) and sent it to FamilyTreeDNA)
  • Their matching interface is simple yet fairly effective
  • Can see trees, if the person has uploaded them and made them public
  • Has found the most "extended" family members of the four services
  • For some people enough information is available (e.g. publicly available great grandparents) to allow me to identify the MRCA using a site like FamilySearch.org
  • free upload
  • subscription to the base tier of the site is reasonable if you wait for a 75% or 80% off sale (rather than jumping at the constant 50% off sale) and provided you remember to cancel before renewal
  • Note: while I consider ethnicity reports a meaningless gimmick, I am finding the one at MH actually useful to help narrow down avenues of research. Connections via the maternal side have a distinct ethnic profile (e.g. almost all have "English" as part of their makeup... that's from the Overijssel part of the family) compared to contacts on the paternal side with no English (luckily the paternal side was from one province and the maternal side was from another so there were no cousin marriages to confuse the paternal/maternal signal)

Cons:

  • response rate of "extended" and of distant relatives has been low (<25%)
  • communication initiation occurs within the website. Users receive an emailed notification, but MyHeritage sends so many emails that I imagine most people are primed to never look at them or they end up in a spam folder of their service (this is likely a good part of the reason for such a low response rate)
  • non-paying subscribers have limited access to family trees (makes sense). A subscription is not expensive if you wait until an 80% off sale ($30 USD)
  • their sales team is "proactive". I clicked on a 75% off sale link to get details (I'd last subscribed 10 years ago when I briefly had a flurry of activity entering my wife's family genealogy that I'd received printouts for from others) and I got a call trying to upsell me on a $200/year package. Luckily I waited until an 80% off email came through my inbox :).
  • if you have tree(s) on the site you get multiple digest emails per tree per week--it's easy to miss efforts by others to contact you if you never login to MH

2. GEDMatch.com

Pros:

  • free to upload
  • free to gain access to some pretty powerful tools
  • very powerful tools
  • direct access to the contact email provided--no site-mediated communication to get in the way
  • has a reasonable number of quality matches
  • FYI It took about 24 hours for the analysis of uploaded DNA results to complete

Cons:

  • very powerful tools--the learning curve is steep if you're a casual user or if you're not a data monkey by nature
  • many hits are missing trees to allow you to assess whether it's worth your time contacting a person
  • the subscription or on-demand model for access to premium tools can get expensive quickly: $10 USD/month or $100 USD/year

3. FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA)

Pros:

  • free upload
  • transfer from MyHeritage was seamless
  • direct access to email address
  • $20 USD one time fee to unlock something or other is reasonable (I suspect it was an ethnicity report... which is a gimmick IMNSHO but, oh well)
  • has reasonable quality hits
  • reasonable interface with some more powerful tools than MH
  • better response to inquiries because contact is done directly through email. For example, one really close match on MyHeritage never responded to me there but responded within minutes (adjusting for time zone differences) when contacted directly by email. This person is looking to identify their one biological ancestor's ancestry since it is anonymous so my match will hopefully help them greatly, provided my tree is fully accurate to my great-great-grandparents on one of my sides (and, there's no reason it shouldn't be))
  • trees are easy to navigate if they're present and they're fairly decent trees if they are present--if they take the time to upload a GEDcom they do a good job of it
  • Pretty much the same pricing as MH for a test (I'm doing a test through them for my English-Irish-Scottish-Germanish/Dutchish father (Pennsylvania Dutch/Mennonite/doopsgezinde))--I wanted to compare companies). Interesting factoid--my father is theoretically related to my mother through a very distant relative (we're talking early 17th century) on my mother's father's side
  • Has more tests available (mtDNA and Y-DNA) than MH and most other companies. These tests also go on sale during the companies' occasional sales blitzes: autosomal DNA 79 USD to 49 USD, mtDNA 159 USD to 139 USD, Y-chromosome starting at 119 USD down to 99 USD
  • FYI it took roughly three days for the analysis of transferred DNA results to complete

Cons:

  • Much slower to process DNA samples. I sent a sample of my non-Dutch father to FTDNA at the same time I sent my mother's sample to MH and the MH results came back a bit over 2 weeks after receipt while my father's results have taken more than a month and nothing's happened (this seems to be a complaint I've seen elsewhere too)
  • Not quite as many good hits as MH
  • Their analysis tools are a good start but they could be much more powerful still without losing their accessibility. For example, they've got a comparison matrix in which you manually select people to compare--it would be helpful to have that done automatically for your top hits to see on which side of your ancestor(s) they cluster
  • seems to have been bought by a company that is allied with "health" DNA testing company and an individual who was involved in an Australian company sanctioned for fraudulent health claims--how does that bode for its future?

4. Geneanet.org

Pros:

  • free to upload
  • has one extended family member (the same one I see at other DNA sites and who is also very active here--we had already established a relationship prior to me doing DNA testing and the DNA now confirms it) and a few lower quality hits
  • interesting interface

Cons:

  • not many good quality hits at all
  • requires yet another (17 CAD/3 months) subscription for more interesting tools

5. Ancestry.com

Pros:

  • good selection of genealogical records for English/French North America and medium selection for the UK (that's all I've tried) for subscribers
  • Library edition gives free access to a good selection of records
  • Can't comment about DNA results since I did not use

Cons:

  • not free to upload DNA so must test with them
  • expensive for subscription
  • expensive for DNA testing: 99 USD/129 CAD or add 1 dollar and you get a 3 month subscription, to be auto-renewed at 80 USD per 3 months afterwards

6. 23AndMe

Pros:

  • don't see any

Cons:

  • no free upload
  • people have to opt-in for genealogical services (why the <censored> would you ever get a DNA test if it wasn't for genealogical purposes? Do people really care about a meaningless ethnicity or health report?)
  • has a focus on the quackery of gene-based "health" which is analogous to the quackery of alternative "health" scam artists like naturopaths and TCM preying on people's insecurities and fears
  • rather expensive since they're not a genealogy site (same price as Ancestry.com) and people have to opt-in for genealogical purposes. Though, I guess that could mean a good signal to noise ratio for those who do opt-in since they're explicitly seeing genealogical connections
  • have a reputation for poor privacy terms and conditions (I can't speak to that directly, though I'm sure a search would quickly find a discussion of that)
by Eric Dunbar G2G1 (1.4k points)
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Not an answer really, more a remark from someone that thinks he knows Dutch society a bit:

You will find that there are not many Dutch people that are happy to take a DNA test, so the number of datapoints will be small. We had a large media campaign last year of a big company, but they stopped advertising. I am not sure if that is because they had too few customers, or they have enough for there data storage at this moment.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Dutch are trained and told not to share any data online, so contacting them will be hard if they did not opt-in and are looking for relatives themselves.
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (210k points)
And Dutch are used to have connections evidenced by original, official sources for birth/baptism, marriage, and death/ burial that are freely available in abundance in the Netherlands archives. No need to rely on DNA probabilities.
A few observations:

#1 If you're testing at a genealogy site you presumably are looking for relatives--why else would you bother getting a DNA test?

#2 Loads of people have ancestors of questionable veracity, even with the rich public record of the burgerlijke stand and the doopboeken? I know that my lineage is rife with people where there is uncertainty as to their parentage (because the marriage records were incomplete and there were multiple contemporaneous families with the exact same names living in the same area) and I've encountered enough individuals where the male line is a brick wall because the mother was unwed.

#3 Marital fidelity is not always 100% :). An officially recorded father may not have been the actual father.

#4 On MyHeritage I suspect that there were people who simply uploaded their DNA samples for free which means they never really created an account/tree. They probably don't engage with MyHeritgage and a message sent by me through the system may possibly end up in their spam filter or be deleted as spam (and, in a few cases I wonder if the person has passed on since their listed age is rather advanced).

I will consult with my one known half second cousin (who's also taken a DNA test) and see what company he used. I'm going to ask one of my aunts to take the next test with that company.

#3 Marital fidelity is not always 100% :). An officially recorded father may not have been the actual father.

Oh Eric, don't you know illegitimacy/NPE only occurs in other families, not nice families like mine. Naturally nothing untoward ever occurred in my family like rape, or affairs, or unrecorded adoptions, it's all just baptism records back to the Stone Age and decent church-going folk!

+1 +1 +1 What a salacious (& sad) comment. If I could upvote you I would.

I have often wondered about the rape component and how I would deal with that if I were to find evidence of that (I'm sure if we go back 250+ years we've all got a few murderers, sanctioned killers (soldiers), and many rapists and violent criminals among our ancestors... especially given that the murder/killing rate was much higher in past eras than it is today in most countries).

There seem to be distant French-sounding relatives at Geneanet and I can't help but wonder how that connection came to be given that the French invaded the Netherlands a bit over 200 years ago and the Spanish fought an 80 year war of conquest a century earlier (though, I guess they never really gained much of a foothold in the parts of the country where my ancestors are from).

#2 I've encountered enough individuals where the male line is a brick wall because the mother was unwed.

This is my case (the great-great grandfather who gave our family name is a brickwall), but then I'm interested in my ancestors' families, meaning the people they lived with, who raised them, how they lived, what were their occupations. The sperm donors, (the biological fathers who had absolutely no presence in my ancestors life), not so much.

#3 Marital fidelity is not always 100% :). An officially recorded father may not have been the actual father.

See above... 

What Jan and Eef are explaining is the reasons why you won't find a huge proportion of Dutch test takers, and I understand them 100%. Good luck in your research, anyway! :-)

Lovely peeps: my comment was about why Dutch people in general do not want to take DNA tests (privacy concerns, bad history, excellent paper records, mistrust of - foreign - DNA test companies, official warnings), but taking this to the level of mistrust of family integrity is not what I meant at all.

My arguments come from the interpretation of cultural differences. If Eric thinks it is a pro to have direct access to email addresses (see answer below), I immediately think of the stuff we teach people: do never ever share your email address without explicit consent and especially if you link that to your DNA.
I understand the reason some people won't be keen to look at DNA but I think it's too easy to ascribe it to a cultural difference (it could also be a fear of being proved wrong :). Granted, it's been a few decades since I lived in the Netherlands full time and society is now much less liberal (relative to other places) than it used to be so perhaps there could be a modern day cultural divide.

As for the ancestors... the family a particular person lived with, yes, that's interesting to me. But, the ancestors of the parents of that person are only relevant if they also happen to be the biological parent(s) of that person. At that point the connection dies out. I guess that reflects my experience. Even before the advent of DNA testing I had good genetics-based evidence that I was my parents' child ;).
Regardless of the fact that this is an interesting conversation, that still doesn't answer my original question about which is the best site to use to connect with Dutch DNA :).

I guess I'll have a sample size of two when I see what kind of connections my father's DNA returns on these sites since he himself has vanishingly little Dutch DNA (though, I wouldn't be surprised to see a faint signal since, according to other people's research my father and mother are theoretically connected to each other via an early 17th century ancestor).
No, as I stated in this post, it is a comment, not an answer.

Isabelle, s'il vous plait pardonne-moi, I would like to respond to one of your comments at the risk of taking this discussion even more off-topic. You seem to suggest that extra-legal relations are, invariably, fleeting and of no consequence ('I'm interested in my ancestors' families, meaning the people they lived with, who raised them, how they lived, what were their occupations. The sperm donors, (the biological fathers who had absolutely no presence in my ancestors life), not so much.')

My parents had a multi-year relationship, albeit not one sanctified by a piece of paper or by saying the correct words before the invisible sky man of one's choice. My mother would not have wanted to be misrepresented as his wife, as she was against the entire institution of marriage. It is simply not true that these relationships are necessarily inconsequential. Genealogically speaking, many ancestors were married off to near-strangers, and may not have spent very much time living with their spouses or even their own children, depending on the time, place, and circumstances. 

Eric, if you'll indulge me a moment longer, I think genealogy as a hobby has a bit of a classist problem (along with many other problems). Not accusing anyone in this thread or even on G2G! I think a lot of genealogists never really consider their own beliefs on subjects like these, since they just assume that sort of thing only happens in bad families, "and my family is a good family." I also suspect that part of the appeal of genealogy for some folks is their presumption that the past was somehow better than the present, less complicated and messy, and the existence of distasteful things like illegitimacy, infidelity, divorce, spousal abandonment, etc., shatters those idylls.

@Jessica, I'm talking about 19th century relationships among the (for lack of a better word) low classes. There were no arranged marriages among my ancestors (they were far too insignificant for that) and no question of being married to "a stranger" when you lived in a tiny 1-room house in a small village. That was my family, anyway. My unknown great-great-grandfathers were not in serious or long-term relationships. They just had a bit of fun and moved on. That is not always the case, but it was the case there and then. With that said, I'm out of the conversation, I have nothing significant to bring to the topic.

near-strangers, and may not have spent very much time living with their spouses or even their own children, depending on the time, place, and circumstances 

For Dutch records I've primarily restricted myself to the basics, birth, marriage and death. But, on the anglophone North American side (US & Canada) records likes births, baptisms, marriages and deaths are quite often not recorded in the public record, or if they were, the mother's identity was obfuscated or sometimes entirely lost (my own grandmother would be known as Mrs. John R Dunbar in many cases).

Eric, if you'll indulge me a moment longer, I think genealogy as a hobby has a bit of a classist problem (along with many other problems).

I hadn't really thought too much about this but I have started thinking about how my own experience of a stable two parent household is so profoundly different from that of my ancestors (especially in certain parts of the Netherlands--I can see why they were so desperate at times to emigrate since it seems like my contemporaneous Ontario ancestors lived longer, and had fewer spouse... of course, the only way you could detect a family's children was every 10 or 20 years when a census was taken so infant deaths would often go unrecorded so that could very easily bias any conclusions).

illegitimacy, infidelity, divorce, spousal abandonment, etc., shatters those idylls.

And, I think this is why genealogy without DNA evidence is not too much more than historical fiction. A well documented family tree is vital, but now that we have the opportunity to use DNA to confirm its validity we should.

Almost certainly any tree that goes back more than three generations has undocumented crimes and tragedies that the official records never will capture. These violations should be recorded so we can appreciate where we came from--both the good and the bad.

I've often wondered what happened in the households with one adult man, a wife and young female servants of childbearing age. How many of the "children" in these families were consensually conceived? How many of these children were given the wrong mother in the official record to maintain respectability?

My paternal grand-father's great-grandfather goes missing from the public record in Ontario around the 1880's. His wife is listed as single or married over the subsequent four decades but never widowed. She also always lived with one or more of her three sons, never with their father in sight.

What is interesting is that someone in the UK thinks that he started a family in England in the late 1890's. It's not a bad hypothesis since this person at one point may have been listed as a barrister but not working as such (and my ancestor was a barrister in Canada and two of his three sons became lawyers). However, the problem is that there is another man with his name (Alexander Dunbar) who is a cousin of his also born in the same year and in the same area as he was born.

Since that person shares the same surname as me we should be able to establish a DNA connection if it exists. Although, we may never know for sure that it was him because there is that cousin of his with his name same birth year and same general area.

My ggrandfather ended up living in a "retirement home" (mental institution) for the last 30 years of his life. I've also found families where the cause of death of a person was hanging, or, in one case, a gunshot to the head slash diabetes when their 70's (it was a deadly disease in the early 20th century that could not be controlled).

One thing I've noticed about the Dutch records vs. the Ontario records (if they survived) is that the cause of death is oftentimes not recorded in the Dutch records while it is in all its tragic detail in Ontario.

One the most tragic stories I found was that of a young woman who married her (German?) music teacher in Montreal who in turn rose to considerable prominence as the official Montreal something-or-other musician in the 1890's. They had a rather substantial family but she ended up hanging herself in her late 60's, and being buried in an uncle's grave far away from her husband and her children. What caused her to be away from her children and to take her own life?

Or, one time I found a man who was found dead "op de Almelosestraat". What happened to him? Was he murdered? Did he die of a disease? A heart attack?

One thing that I suspect the official record glosses over is how many people took their own lives in the past. So much for the clean moral simplicity of the burgerlijkestand. In fact, now that I think about it, the burgerlijkestand is a shield that allows us to ignore the messy details of people's lives. Children born to mothers who lived in shame. I once found a woman in Utrecht who had no fewer than three children without a father according to baptismal records. What caused her to have so many children without a recorded father? She experienced an early death and only one of the three children went on to get married and have grandchildren and great-grandchildren and... (that's where I stopped looking... she at least had a legacy, even if she herself had a rough life). She happened to have a name that I was searching for in a different part of the country but I figured I'd create her family from the bottom up.

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I can't give you the answer myself because I didn't test myself (yet?) but I 'll give you a link to  the blog of a dutch genealogist who wrote about it and who answers questions. She compared different test providers for results in the Netherlands

I just read your question again and realised it didn't really answer the question. I think just a small part of the dutch participating on Wikitree have taken a DNA-test. Partly because of privacy and partly because most of us think we won't learn anything new doing it. And probably other reasons. It's just not something that's done a lot, at least at the moment.  So in that way I have to give you almost the same answer as Michel Vorenhout gave you. 

by Eef van Hout G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
edited by Eef van Hout
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Hi Eric, I had mine by FamilyTree family finder, its a good one in my opinion.

Had a lot of distance relatives, and one of a second cousin on my maternal side whome I already had on my familytree here on Wikitree.
by Herman Overmars G2G6 Mach 2 (29.5k points)
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All of my grandparents emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands.  I have had the best success in finding relatives in the Netherlands through both DNA and family trees in MyHeritage.  I have my DNA uploaded to Ancestry.com and Family Tree DNA and have less success with those sites.  I have contacted many "found" relatives through MyHeritage and have very rewarding conversations with them.  Geneanet is also a very good site to make contacts with Dutch relatives.
by Jana Van Duyn G2G Crew (570 points)

"Geneanet is also a very good site to make contacts with Dutch relatives."

I guess it's a case of YMMV. I found Geneanet to be not at all useful. With one exception all of the hits at Geneanet are very distant--and, the one exception was already known to me prior to DNA testing :).

For me MyHeritage has been slightly more useful than FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch, but overall they've been roughly equal in usefulness. I guess perhaps I should begin to investigate the Dutch language sites... I've just not gone there yet because that's yet another site to be member of and those sites seem to focus on sharing GEDCOMs rather than collaboration. I've stuck with WikiTree and FamilySearch because I can do both my sides at once but I guess it makes sense to go for a pure Dutch site since the ancestry is all Dutch.

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