Where to start in DNA testing #dna


Kathy Lorber
 

I am new to DNA testing and would like to start in a logical and cost
effective way. Is it best to test myself(female) or my mother(who is 90)?
Would I start with an autosomal DNA test or do the mtDNA test? Should I
have my brother do the Y-DNA or the autosomal test(my father is deceased)?
Also, on my husband's side should I start with my husband or my son, and
should they do autosomal or Y-DNA testing?

Is it best to begin with FTDNA or start with Ancestry autosomal testing? I
realize the best answer may be all of the above, but I am trying to get a
start in DNA research in a logical manner. If anyone has developed a step
approach to DNA testing I would like to hear about it. Any suggestions
would be most appreciated.

Kathy Lorber
Montville, NJ

LORBER: Poughkeepsie, NY, Poland, Austria-Hungary; FELDMAN: NYC, Varifalu; LIVINGSTON/LEVENSTEIN: Chicago, Davenport, IA, Lithuania; GOLDMAN: Davenport, IA, Poland; DAVIS: Chicago, Wales, UK; HERTZBERG: Chicago, Lithuania


Israel P
 

It depends, of course Kathy, what your budget is.

You must start with an autosomal for your mother. This is the order I suggest
for the rest.
Autosomals for you or your brother.
Y-37 for your brother.
MtDNA for you or your mother (better your mother)
The other autosomal.
Upgrade Y to 76.

And a couple of cousins on each side for autosomals.

No need to do your children if you have both your husband and yourself.

Your husband - assuming he has no parents, should do all three tests.

Don't ignore siblings - your and your husband's. It can matter. See my blog
http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.co.il/2016/05/let-me-say-it-once-again-siblings.html

There are usually sales in December, but keep aware of other sales during
the year. And upload all the autosomal results to GEDmatch.

Israel Pickholtz
Jerusalem
Author of "ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People"

I am new to DNA testing and would like to start in a logical and cost
effective way. Is it best to test myself(female) or my mother(who is
90)? Would I start with an autosomal DNA test or do the mtDNA test?
Should I have my brother do the Y-DNA or the autosomal test(my father
is deceased)? Also, on my husband's side should I start with my
husband or my son, and should they do autosomal or Y-DNA testing?

Is it best to begin with FTDNA or start with Ancestry autosomal
testing? I realize the best answer may be all of the above, but I am
trying to get a start in DNA research in a logical manner. If anyone
has developed a step approach to DNA testing I would like to hear
about it. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Kathy Lorber
Montville, NJ


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


Michael Good
 

I would recommend starting by testing your mother and yourself at
Ancestry. Ancestry has by far the largest autosomal DNA database, and
the most powerful tools for accurately predicting Ashkenazi close
cousin matches. If you have a family tree on Ancestry, the combination
of the trees and the DNA results work really well together.

Don't worry about Y-DNA or mtDNA yet, unless you have specific questions
about those lines that those tests could answer. They are specialized
tests. The autosomal tests are much more generally useful.

It's always best to test at all 3 sites if you can afford it (Ancestry,
FTDNA, 23andMe). Getting the 2 of you tested on Ancestry is a great
place to start. Getting your mother tested would be the highest priority.
If your mother has problems with the Ancestry spit test, then use the
FTDNA Family Finder test instead. After that, test yourself, and then
anyone in your parent's generation if possible - especially on your
father's side.

Good luck in your research!

Best regards,

Michael Good
Los Altos, California