Did you know that you could find out more about you and your family history with DNA Testing? You may also be able to find out possible health risks within your family background.
In my interviews with Adel Firth-Mason, we have covered Genealogy – Growing Your Family Tree, Genealogy – and in this third and final interview of the series Adel talks about DNA Testing.
I asked Adel:
You have mentioned to me about DNA testing, what is involved with the process?
I have tested with the two companies FamilyTreeDNA, and Ancestry. Initially, I had my father tested through FamilyTreeDNA as he is an only child and the last direct male of my Firth family line, and the only one I could test easily for his mother’s ancestry. This company offers tests for those two lines (being the mitrochondrial and Y-chromsome DNA), as well as for autosomal (Family Finder).
The information it provided included an ethnicity mapping and report in percentages of where his ancestors originated, as well as people globally who share DNA and are therefore kin. I tested for myself there also to gain my biological mother’s DNA inherited by me, which opened up further lines of my ancestry.
I also tested with Ancestry, which tests only the autosomal, but provides an ethnicity mapping as well, and finds common shared ancestry. Autosomal is the collective DNA from all your family lines.
What is involved?
- It’s a painless experience, and involves only your saliva collected in a phial for Ancestry; or a swab from inside your mouth taken with what resembles a cotton bud with a tiny comb on the end, and placed into small phial (FamilyTreeDNA). In both cases, you will need to not have eaten or drunk anything for a couple of hours, so first thing in the morning is the best time.
- The kits are then posted back in the addressed envelope provided, and you wait. For most, patience does not go with the wait but a sense of curiosity, uncertainty, excitement, and impatience.
- An email is sent when the kit is received by the company, and throughout the process.
- You will be given a batch number and you will need to log into the company site used in order to see your results. The company will let you know who matches you etc. for follow-up, and continues to do so.
- One further step which is very useful is to upload the final result (referred to as Raw Data) to GEDmatch, which is a free site. This site is a collective database of results from thousands of people who have used a number of different companies, and who have then uploaded their results to it. The term “Raw Data” is easily found with your results on your own page (or in Settings); but that can be done later once you have become familiarised with everything.
Through DNA, I have been able to affirm a particular line of mine from Scotland to NSW, and discover the nephew of my own ancestress went to the USA and became co-founder of the University of Chicago. It helps fill in many blanks and links you to many new cousins globally.
With DNA, and this is for the brave, one can also upload the genetic DNA site called Promethease. It provides the individual with all the “possible” health genetics they carry.
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