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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The DNA just keeps pouring in!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I went to a conference on genetic genealogy.  Well, I was hyped up on the Kool-Aid and re-energized on DNA.  It happens you know, sometimes you just have to take a step back from the crazy and so you can come back with a fresh perspective on the subject.  Breaks are wonderful like that; they make you really remember your passions.

Anyway, I convinced my dad to bank roll a DNA initiative with the family.  Most have already paid him back, but I figured offering to purchase the DNA tests for the more skeptical family members might get them to bit this time.  Amazingly enough, it did.

Until now only my husband and I were the only ones with atDNA tests done.  He also has an yDNA test but I only did Y and mitochondrial on my parents and his mother.  First thing, I ordered Family Finder tests through FTDNA for them.  After all, I need to figure out whose DNA came from where right?  Then I started on siblings and cousins. 

Best of all, the 94 year old sister of my grandmother took a test.  She is the oldest relative I have; everyone else from that generation is gone.  I don’t know how my Aunt convinced her to do it, but the kit is on the way to the lab.  This one is particularly interesting to me as that line is my German and Irish immigrant line with only 1 line that married into the family with colonial roots.  I will be very, very impatient waiting for the results.

Needless to say as these results keep coming in I am going to be busy with spreadsheets and mapping.  Maybe I can convince my mother to help, she’s retired and always looking for a project.  Wish me luck!


  1. Wonderful!

    And now you need to really work on understanding Gedmatch. And go look up GenomeMate and the tools you can use at DNAGedcom. All will serve you well as you try to manage all that data.

    --Elizabeth E.

    1. Well, after months of trying I finally got registered on GEDMATCH. Shocked me to no end that I made it to the registration screen after so many "sorry" pages.