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Anyone Done The Ancestry DNA Thing?

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  • richinlbrg
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    I recall reading some time ago that one of these services were selling the information to the gov’t. Never bothered to verify the info.

  • Potkettleblack
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    So, one of the tempting aspects of it relate to health and nutrition. How many copies of AMY-1 determine your ability to digest carbs. Mutation of another, your likelihood of Alzheimer’s based on dietary fat intake. And so on.

    The privacy and security outweigh my desire to know, tho.

  • Pequod
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    Weird. Mine says wormy chestnut.

  • TheQuietOne
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    My sister did it. I don't remember which one she did. We were looking it over and there was a pull-down that said confidence or something like that and it was initially set at 50%. So it would be at the level of a coin toss in other words. That one was whatever percentage each of British/Irish/Scandanavian. When we set the confidence level at up to 70% all it said was European. So she paid $100 to find out within a coin toss where we might have come from and with any reasonable confidence that we came from Europe which we already knew. I think I'm saving my money.

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  • HawkerXP
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    LoL!

  • hoovarmin
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    I've now had 2 clients who were tested and later learned that they weren't who they thought they were - as in their mom's had extramarital affairs and the men they knew as their dad's turned out not to be. They were contacted by strangers asking "how is it we share 13% DNA (that's first cousins) and I've never heard of you?"

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  • Huskee
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    That's kind of my viewpoint too. I can pretty much guess I am 11% this, 4% that, 9% this, 43% that and so on. If I see it on paper it doesn't really enlighten me any further, just makes me a little poorer..I dunno, I'm a curmudgeon.

  • stratfordwill
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    DNA tests on females do not carry data on male ancestry, I believe. Grandpa may still have been telling the truth.

  • Beefchop
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    I just got my results and it said that I'm 3% Post Oak and 2% Apple Wood. Traces of Kingsford Blue.

    Might want to lay off the wood chunks and consider cooking indoors this weekend.

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  • scottranda
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    My wife who was a history teacher makes a very valid point... they give you your history, but at what point/date? There were SO MANY migrations all over, when exactly are they pin pointing your roots to be from a specific country?

    Personally, I don’t think the DNA tests are worth much. Besides, you get your “results”. Ok. Now what.

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  • Donw
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    There are other testing services out there, besides the ones who advertise, that take privacy very seriously and never publish any results where they can be shared with the public. And they allow your samples and results to be destroyed on request. Our family group started testing in 2009 with one of the those companies and have reached almost 100 male participants. If you are interested in genealogy it can be a great tool to distinguish various branches of families, even which brother of a large family, is your direct ancestor. As with any tool some have bent it to serve other purposes but with a little research you can prevent the likelihood of that happening.

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  • dcbopp
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    May want to go off grid... 😊

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  • North Carolina Mike
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    I have never been tempted to have a DNA test. Knowing my family tree back just a few generations is enough to let me know I'm 100% Hillbilly but stuck in the flatlands for now. Any one who is several generations removed from immigration is probably an American mixed breed like me. Consider that I have 4 Grandparents Who each had 2 parents who each had 2 parents. It don't take many generations to have a huge number of ancestors.

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  • Steve R.
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    I am more tempted to do something like this for the mixed breed dog we adopted as a stray than I am for myself. No telling who will hack into that database, or who already has. Pass the foil hats, please!

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  • ComfortablyNumb
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    He probably didn't know beans. Oh wait, YOU didn't know beans! ;-)

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