I have the results of my Ancestry.com DNA and was wondering if they be of any value as I start my genealogy quest?

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I have the results of my Ancestory DNA Test for Ethnicity and was wondering if it would be of any value as I start my genealogical search

asked in WikiTree Tech by Thomas Rawlings G2G Crew (370 points)
recategorized by Michael Stills

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Hi Thomas, Welcome to WikiTree! I'm not sure what you mean when you say 'Ancestry DNA Test for Ethnicity'. For most people finding their ethnicity isn't terribly helpful for genealogical purposes. But you may find cousins on WikiTree that your Ancestry DNA test could help to confirm. You should enter the fact that you've taken an Ancestry DNA test on your profile: At the top right of your profile on WikiTree, look at the drop-down list under 'Add' and you'll see 'DNA Test Information'. Click on that and enter your Ancestry test information. When you enter your parents, their parents, etc. in WikiTree, you will see that the fact of your test will be displayed on their profiles also. Note that this only updates once a day, so it won't appear right away.
answered by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
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Hi Thomas, You may have already learned this by now, but better late than never! The Ancestry DNA test is an autosomal test, that is it looks at both your parents' genetics. You can download the raw data from Ancestry.com and upload the zipped file to Gedmatch.com, where you can compare your results to people who have tested with all the different companies like 23 and Me, FTDNA, and Ancestry of course. And you can also note that you've tested on your WikiTree profile, so any cousins will know that they can compare DNA with you.

I've been doing genealogy since the early 1970s and being able to do genetic genealogy is something we never *dreamed* about back in the day when we were writing letters in longhand and sending self-addressed stamped envelopes and hanging out around the mailbox.

We can now do research in a day that once would have taken months, if not years! :)

It's *great*! Enjoy it!

Cheers,

Deb in Calgary, where we are having our 1st blizzard of the season. :(
answered by Deb Cavel G2G6 (7.7k points)

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