Re: Where to start in DNA testing #dna


Sarah L Meyer
 

Kathy,
I would start with your mother at FTDNA and do the autosomal test called
Family Finder ($79). Do her first because of her age. Then when you have
the funds, do yourself. As a general rule, do those with potentially life
threatening conditions, then the aged and then anyone else. This will help
you sort your matches (expect several thousand) into your mother's side and
not definitely your mother's side. When you have your raw results you can
upload them to Gedmatch.com (free) and get matches >from Ancestry and 23&Me
in addition to those >from FTDNA. They limit the matches to 2000. In
addition to the explanations and FAQs on Family Tree DNA (FTDNA.com), if you
are a Facebook member there are several pages that would be useful. One is
DNA help, your Jewish Journey, and a general one that is excellent is
Ancestry-Gedmatch-FTDNA-23andme-genealogy-DNA. In addition for Jewish
genealogy join Tracing the Tribe and Jewish Genealogy Portal. Neither FTDNA
nor Ancestry provide any health information - my order suggestions are just
to avoid not having tested those who might not be able to wait. FTDNA is
the easiest for anyone who might have a dry mouth as it is a cheek swab as
opposed to a spit test. You can also request extra swabs when you order.

Sarah L Meyer

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