DNA Testing, Family History, Family Tree, Genealogy, Genetic Genealogy

Understanding Relationships (Part One) – What’s a 3c2r?

Today’s information sheet turned into a bit of an epic six-pager – and that is just part one of the story!

If you are working with DNA results you will spend a lot of time puzzling over where your new-found matches fit into your family tree.  Some of them will be very straightforward, maybe family you already know, or people who share a distinctive surname that you recognise.  Other DNA matches will take you weeks or even months to find a place for, or may be a perpetual mystery!

In order to work out where people belong in your tree you will need a good understanding of the way that family relationships are described.  The descriptions for close family members are part of everyday language, but once terms such as “half-cousin” or “third cousin twice removed” start coming into play it gets more complicated.

The fact that your Mum and her sister have different fathers may not make any difference to you whatsoever on a day-to-day basis – she is “just” Aunty Mabel to you.  However, if you want to use DNA results to work out where people belong in your family tree, factors such as having one parent in common will be reflected in the amount of DNA that people share and therefore affect the possible relationship between you.

Part One can be found by clicking the link below – Part Two will look at how much DNA you can expect to share with different relatives:

Understanding Relationships (Part One) – What’s a 3c2r?

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Ancestry, DNA Testing, Family Tree, Genealogy, Genetic Genealogy

Linking your AncestryDNA results to your Ancestry tree

So far, we’ve talked about DNA tests in general  – with AncestryDNA being the best place to test initially in most circumstances – and creating a private/unsearchable tree on Ancestry.

The magic of Ancestry is its ability to bring DNA and trees together so that you can see (or at least try and work out!) how your new-found DNA Cousins link into your tree.  Ancestry cannot presume that it knows who you are testing and who they are on your tree – you have to go through a few steps to let it know that this test relates to that person in that tree.

Linking your DNA to your tree is a step that you can take at any point, but there’s no reason why you can’t do it whilst you wait for your results to be processed.

Click on the link for the information sheet:  How to link your AncestryDNA results to your Ancestry tree

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DNA Testing, Family History, Genealogy

How can DNA testing help me?

Today is DNA Day which seemed a good day to launch my new blog and Facebook page about discovering your DNA family.

It is almost two years since I took my first test, hoping that it might help me find out about my Grandfather.   I wanted to share the knowledge and techniques that I’ve gained over the past two years and make DNA testing something that helps you in your family history research – rather than something that makes you want to throw your laptop across the room in frustration!

Despite my love of computers, I still prefer learning by reading printed words on a piece of paper.  I decided that as well as general blog posts, I would create information sheets in a format that could either be read on-screen or downloaded/printed and digested at your leisure.  Hopefully, over time, they will build into a useful reference library.

Today’s information sheet is for those of you who are thinking about taking a DNA test, especially as many of the testing companies have discounted kits for sale at the moment.   How can testing help?  How much will it cost?  Where can I buy a test? Which test should I buy?  What else should I consider?

Click to read/download:   How can DNA Testing help me?