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Fluff Posted 1 year ago
Has anyone had a D.N.A. test done? Did you think it was worth the cost?
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    • RumRaider100 31st March 2021 at 11:14 am

      I have had mine and some other family members done through Ancestry, which seems to produce good results, although there were slight variations between my sister and I. However, I have been told by a family tree “expert” that it’s worth having it re-done in 10 years’ time as a better result will come from a larger pool of people.

    • Fluff 31st March 2021 at 11:18 am

      Interesting that there were differences between you & your Sister.

      • RumRaider100 31st March 2021 at 11:22 am

        Hers showed she had some Scottish ancestry, but mine did not, but this was only a small % difference, generally, it was the same.

        • JulieW 1st April 2021 at 7:45 pm

          We get half of our DNA from each parent so it is possible to have a different variation of your genes and therefore can miss out a whole line. My DNA result is mainly Scottish & Irish whereas my sister is English, explains why my skin is fairer than the rest of the family, we are English but have ancestors from all UK regions

      • Sandyg 2nd April 2021 at 5:00 pm

        There are always differences between siblings, you don’t inherit the exact same amount of anything unless you are identical twins.3 of my 4 areginger haired, blue ish eyes,pale skin,freckles 1 is dark hair, tans easily, dark eyes..same parents . So he has inherited more from a certain grandparent than the others.. my dad had the red haired gene, but both mums were dark haired, skin&brown eyes.The surprise is that only 1 out of 4 inherited that.
        It must be my Scandinavian DNA coming through stronger on the redheads.

    • tang.sue0104 31st March 2021 at 12:01 pm

      I did one through MyHeritage which reflected my 94% English, 4% Scottish, Welsh & Irish, and 2% Southern Italian or Greek heritage which puzzled me at first. I was not born here but of British parents and my father was from Cockermouth, near which was the Papworth Roman fort – apparently many English people have Roman ancestry, which I was not aware of. I then contacted a genealogist who I met through this site and she has done my father’s family tree back to 1770 and late 1800s which I found most interesting. I am hoping to have my mum’s family traced too.

    • Mark S 31st March 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Ancestry would be better. i found out some very sad details about my birth father. It made me realise why i had been adopted at birth.

    • Leighla 1st April 2021 at 7:18 pm

      Yes I did and dont think it was a waste of money.

    • lythgoej7 1st April 2021 at 7:19 pm

      It was really interesting but did not help at all with my family tree research.

      • Sandyg 2nd April 2021 at 5:07 pm

        no it dosent help with the actual geneology at all because the DNA goes back to the origins of the human race !
        Its just fascinatingly to learn of the mix of your heritage.

      • Sandyg 2nd April 2021 at 5:14 pm

        yes, me too, it shows me I have about 50,000 5th&above cousins !!

    • Mivvy 1st April 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Yes, I had mine and my husband’s done. Had always known my husband to be Irish, from a staunch Catholic family. His DNA was 50% English – I haven’t stopped giggling yet…

      • Sandyg 2nd April 2021 at 5:10 pm

        My mum in law was’ pure Irish ‘ but my (ex) husbands Ancestry showed 80% English, 20% Irish !!
        Thats ridiculous and Mibecwith Heritage showed a third Celtic so the joke is I’m probably more Irish than he is !
        Un helpfully though Heritage lumps together ‘ Irish, Scottish&Welsh..

    • christine.gaylor 1st April 2021 at 9:24 pm

      I did the Ancestry one. I was curious what my make up was – 71% English, 9% Scottish and the rest Scandinavian. Turns out my father’s father where related to the War of the Roses leaders and William the Conqueror. The Scandinavian is the Vikings. I have spent all of lockdown doing all my family trees. Really interesting and glad I have done it. Now I have more of a interest in history and ancestors history. Depends what you want to know – I also got in contact with a half cousin, which is great.

    • Sapharica 1st April 2021 at 9:34 pm

      I am very interested in genealogy and took a DNA test a few years back. I unearthed loads of cousins I did not know existed.

    • skb 2nd April 2021 at 10:15 am

      As my mother was given away as a child, I found out who my grandfather was and was genetic makeup I actually am, I reunited Mum with her half siblings, and have recently connected with a distant cousin who has direct living links to the ancestral family. We all have a zoom meeting on Saturday. It changed my life and the way I see myself and my past.

    • member8795544 2nd April 2021 at 10:49 am

      I had one done a few years ago and discovered a very close relative I never knew about

    • Philly 2nd April 2021 at 4:14 pm

      I have done mine on My Heritage, cost £48 it appears i have got 3th and 5th cousins mostly from Ireland. interestingly Colin reading your message i was born in Tyrone N.Ireland.

    • Sandyg 2nd April 2021 at 5:12 pm

      man- made , that meant ..

    • starlight 4th April 2021 at 10:11 am

      Worth every penny, I have made contact and met up with distant cousins in Sydney, New Zealand , Vancouver, has been great fun and they let you know when someone new does their DNA and is a match. This has bee spoken about quite a bit on Restless with long explanatory answers, best to do a search. I didn’t really care about my ethnicity, was just the contact with living relatives that was amazing.

    • PeteB 4th April 2021 at 1:57 pm

      I did my DNA at 23andme.com and I’m happy with what I got. I’ve added my mother so that I can split my DNA relatives between my father and mother’s sides. One thing I’m working on is trying to prove the identity of my grandfather’s biological father who is unknown.

      I find it fascinating but, as others have said, the value for money depends on what you were looking for in the first place.

      • Daisychain 4th April 2021 at 4:18 pm

        That’s interesting. Via Ancestry I was contacted by a distant cousin. He too was searching for his grandfather’s father. By process of elimination we worked out where our common matches were. It took rather a long time as we had to trawl through lots of unrelated individuals. He then contacted some of those who were distantly related. It took a lot of searching but finally we came up with two brothers one of whom seemed the more likely. Fortunately others helped along the way. We have made a best guess by eliminating one who seemed far less likely. So we believe we have found the father.

        We’ve finally found how we link up through lots more research and comparing common ancestors by place of residence also with help from others. I suggest Ancestry would be the best place as they have the biggest dna database.

        Good luck with your search

        • PeteB 4th April 2021 at 8:32 pm

          Thanks! I have my DNA on a few sites but will consider adding Ancestry.

          My method (in case anybody finds it useful) for finding the unknown father is to identify distant cousins on my mother’s side (typically 4th) and to trace their ancestry back to identify a 3rd cousin to my mother, a 2nd cousin to HER father and then a 1st cousin to the “wanted man”.

          In one case, I’ve identified a “very good” candidate who was the right age and living in the right place. My plan is to find another 4th cousin who leads to the same man via a different route – thus giving a much higher chance that he’s the one! Ideally I would then trace that man’s other descendants (as I know that he married and had children after my grandfather was born. And that might lead to a living cousin who can only be related through him.

          Sounds longwinded when I write it out but it’s quite logical and simple to do – but just a bit time consuming!

    • Daisychain 4th April 2021 at 9:32 pm

      We did pretty similar except the addition of finding mutual cousins via Ancestry. This was time consuming as I listed all my ‘cousins’ that appeared in our matches. I then sent the list to the other party. He went through all his matches and found the mutual matches. That was just the starting point. I don’t keep my tree on Ancestry but happily share my info with others via email. Beware that some people just copy other’s trees including mistakes.

      • PeteB 7th April 2021 at 6:45 pm

        You’re quite right about Ancestry’s so-called public trees. I’ve done family history research on lots of families and the Ancestry trees are a real danger zone. What clearly must happen is that one person documents something that is a bit “dodgy” (not validated with enough evidence – or just plain wrong) and then over time lots of other people just copy it without checking.

        As somebody once said, just because lots of people believe something it doesn’t mean it’s a fact :). Beware of Ancesttry public trees – check the data yourself!

    • Philly 5th April 2021 at 6:59 pm

      Heritage gives me an option to send a message to my 3rd and 5th cousins. what happen then if i send message? do you wait for them to contact? confusing, probable have to send more money to Heritage to continue.

    • Fluff 5th April 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Don’t know how Heritage works. Ancestry includes if they have previously used.

    • mdshamilton 27th April 2021 at 10:02 am

      I’ve done both 123 and Me as well as Ancestry.com’s DNA tests. It really depends on what you are after. I got more out of the 123 and Me one as it’s quite detailed on health markers and risks which I was curious about. If you are keen on your genealogy then Ancestry.com is better as the focus is on building family trees and you receive regular updates on potential new family connections.

    • Pauline Purple 27th April 2021 at 10:21 am

      I was thinking of maybe doing a dna test. Through a bit of research on ancestry.com I found out my Gt Gt Grandfather was Irish. His name was Edward Kenny amd he came to England in c. 1846 so famine time. I’d love to know whereabouts in Ireland he came from. Anyone on here related to Kennys?

    • Millybee 15th June 2021 at 6:14 pm

      Yes I did it through ancestry & found my great great great grandfathers family after years of searching & a family mystery was solved. The reason we couldn’t find him was because he upped & left his wife & children, moved to London, changed his name & married my great great great grandmother by declaring he was widowed.

    • Julie R 15th June 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Interesting to read all the comments – i’ve been thinking about getting one for a while -mainly for family history purposes.

    • Berlioz 17th June 2021 at 10:58 am

      I have found a few cousins. The closest I found were second cousins in australia who sent me photographs of my Great Great Grandparents. Photos I had never seen. I used Ancestry DNA.

    • Sapharica 17th June 2021 at 10:54 pm

      I did a DNA test a few years back and found some new relations. I am interested in genealogy.

    • Stephen32 18th June 2021 at 6:47 pm

      I had one with Ancestry not sure it was worth the information provided. It has produced a lot of names of potential 4 or 5th cousins etc but none close that i didn’t know about. Haven’t tried to contact any of them. But it is interesting to find out what % of you in English Scottish with a bit of welsh and German thrown in

    • Adrianbullen270 22nd June 2021 at 6:17 pm

      My daughter brought me a DNA kit from 23andme. I found it quite good. Once you have the test done you have access to alot of information on their web site.

    • Julie R 26th September 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Just got my results from Ancestry – 85% England, sub part Yorkshire and the MIdlands. No surprise there as I already knew most of my ancestors were from Yorkshire. I have some matches with 2nd or 3rd cousins, plus loads of more distant matches. I still think it was worth doing though

    • elaineh 2nd November 2021 at 9:28 pm

      It seems to be useful to find connections for family trees. But it’s also been devastating for many people who’ve discovered their lineage isn’t as they thought.
      And of course it means that these companies then have your DNA.
      The ethnicity info is nonsense though, ethnicity is a social construct. If you want to know your ethnicity look in the mirror.
      Adam Rutherford did an excellent talk about this for Skeptics online. I’d thoroughly recommend it.

    • Clint 3rd November 2021 at 12:25 am

      I had one done a few years ago from AncestryDNA, it was reassuring to discover that most of what I had been told about my origins were confirmed, I was quite surprised to find that I had genetic links to places that I would never have thought. I always knew that a huge portion of my genes were German, Dutch and Eastern European. I was really surprised to find that another large section was Celtic. That probably explains why I love Wales and Scotland so much.

    • RumRaider100 18th November 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Ancestry recently updated my profile which more aligns to my sister