We are interested in your experiences and opinions concerning the major DNA testing services. Typically we think of Ancestry.com and 23andMe but there are others. Readers will be interested in features you liked and disliked, expectations met, and disappointments encountered. Comments can be specific to a particular service or more generally address the exercise of DNA testing and discovery. Please share your experience by replying below.
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So here is an update on my own experience with DNA testing services, expanding on my earlier note now that I have done the Ancestry.com test. – It is very disappointing that Ancestry does not do the haplogroups (Y or mtDNA). – I did not do Ancestry Health because I had done that with 23andMe. Their health information gave me all I needed for health and the haplogroup information as well. – In other respects, I find the Ancestry platform better. The ability to identify DNA relatives, many of whom have detailed family trees on Ancestry, provides a form of… Read more »
To start this discussion I will say that, for my part, I did find that the 23andMe ancestry analysis was reasonably interesting. While not my reason for starting the process, what I probably found most interesting with the greatest opportunity to interconnect with others was the “DNA Relatives” section. This allows one to see certain optional information provided by genetically similar “relatives”. Such information is searchable and so allows one to search by surname, ancestor origin or other keywords. What becomes obvious very quickly is that too few people list surnames. It is very simple to provide each surname along… Read more »
Hi Nick I just found this website and saw your content. I too did a DNA through ancestry.com. Furthermore the surname idea is quite important. I descend from Barthomolew Riehle through the females..so my surname is nowhere to be found in the Riehle conversations here. I will give you some info. Barthomew Riehle had a daughter Cecilia who married a man named Frank Kessler (currently I am in contact with the Koessler from the home town of Frank Kessler). They had a daughter Ephrosinia (who my dad remembers because she lived until 1945) who married a man named Michael Hansen.… Read more »