1. How can I find out if I have Acadian and/or Native ancestors?
The first priority is to build up your family on WikiTree so you can connect back to the oldest ancestors you can find. Remember that when you get to people born before 1750, MANY of them already have profiles on WikiTree. (Careful not to create duplicates - See How to Search for Existing Profiles). Once you start to connect to them, you don't need to make new profiles.
Once the main branches of your family tree are built, there are many ways that you can find your Acadian and Native connections:
- A) Click on the following links, and select the My Connections box on the top right. You'll get a list of ancestors and cousins as well as other connections and the degrees of separation for each.
- Acadian First Families
- Acadian Immigrants to Louisiana
- Mi’kmaq Connections
- Wife of Germain Doucet - One of two Native women with the most connections already on WikiTree
- Wife of Pinet and Rimbault - One of two Native women with the most connections already on WikiTree
- B) Another way to find connections is to go to any individual profile and use the dropdown menu from their name on the top right. Connections is near the top of the list and Relationships is near the bottom.
See Acadian Indigenous and Métis for a list of Natives married to Acadians and a link to their profiles.
2. I have recently received my DNA test results and I think I have Acadian and/or Native roots. What do I need to do?
If you have an account with WikiTree, to add your test details, hover over your Wiki ID on the top right side of your profile. Scroll down to DNA and click that, and then click the tab in the middle that says Test Details. There you can add your test information. At WikiTree we do not upload raw DNA files. Rather, we just input on our profile information such as the name of the test that you have taken, the Haplogroup and other information. It will take about 24 hours for your test to show up on your profile and spread to your ancestor profiles if you have built your tree and connected the branches. When you select the tab on the left, DNA Ancestors, you will see a list of ancestors who contributed to your DNA. The other tabs are worth exploring as well.
You will be able to see on many of your ancestors’ profiles the percentage of DNA that you share with them and see the names of cousins who have also taken a test.
You can also see everyone who shares a given last name at birth and is connected to any DNA test on WikiTree by entering your last name in the search box here.
Help Page explaining how to get started with DNA. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:How_to_Get_Started_with_DNA
- Acadian Indigenous and Métis People
- Mothers of Acadia mtDNA Project
- AMERINDIAN Ancestry Out of Acadia DNA PROJECT
- French Heritage DNA Project
- Quebec yDNA Project
- Quebec mtDNA Project
It is possible to transfer your AncestryDNA™, 23andMe©, or MyHeritage™ autosomal DNA data to FamilyTreeDNA HERE and discover new matches for FREE. Once your account is created, (it's free), click on the tab Upload DNA Data at the top of the page. In the process, you will be invited to join projects like the ones above.
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