NEWS FLASH – The DNA Detectives brings back i4GG 2017 in SAN DIEGO CA December 9 and 10, 2017, 9am to 6pm. The 2-day event will cover traditional Genetic Genealogy as well as Genetic Genealogy methodologies for unknown parentage. Newbie or expert, this is a great opportunity to learn from some of the Pioneers in this field. The event will be held at Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA. 92108 December 09 – 10, 2017. Don’t miss out! Our 2016 event filled up quickly. Register now and take advantage of our early registration (ending 11/09/17) and room block (subject to availability) please click here for more information and to register. We’ll see you there!
Where should I test my DNA?
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For autosomal DNA testing, with 23andMe you receive a very good ancestral breakdown and your haplogroups in addition to the cousin matching feature.
Family Tree DNA’s autosomal DNA test Family Finder is also a good option. For Y-STR and mtDNA testing, FTDNA is the only company that we currently recommend. We generally recommend testing, at least, 37 markers for Y-DNA and the full sequence for mtDNA*. If finances are an issue, then start with one of the lower resolution tests, like HVR1&2 mtDNA* test, and upgrade at a later time. Family Tree DNA guarantees storage of the DNA, so testing any elderly relatives at FTDNA is strongly recommended.
*Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing is usually not genealogically informative, so we recommend that women, instead, start with autosomal DNA testing and men test either their Y-DNA or autosomal DNA (or both).
AncestryDNA’s strength lies in its vast collection of family trees that are attached to your matches’ DNA results. Their excellent system automates searching for common ancestors by comparing your family tree with your matches’ family trees and identifying the ancestors who may be responsible for the DNA match. Although we feel that the fact that they do not provide the underlying matching segment data is a serious drawback to their product, we definitely recommend “fishing in all three ponds” for meaningful matches. AncestryDNA raw data can also be uploaded into the Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder ($39).