I've finally ordered a DNA kit. Two of them in fact. Now I'm wondering, "what now?"
I guess I'm late to the DNA-genealogy game. It's been the talk of the community for years now, yet I've not felt compelled to jump in. I've learned a lot about DNA from our DNA webinar series and I've heard your stories of how DNA testing helped has helped you.
I've finally given in to your peer-pressure:
- "What, YOU haven't had your DNA tested Geoff?"
- "Just do it Geoff - everyone's doing it!"
and so when Ancestry's DNA kits went on sale recently I did it. I placed the order. I'm almost a genea-DNA-peep like the rest of you.
Now I face my first DNA dilemma. Who should I test? The best answer is probably, "well, what are you hoping to find? What are your goals?" My current response is, "I'm not really sure." But I still have three grandparents with me (age 92, 81, and 81) and something tells me I should work with them before much longer. I'd also be interested in having myself tested. Why? Because I'm interested in the results.
I also have an old genealogy case where I think Y-DNA testing would help. Asa had four children in his first marriage.
I THINK that child #1 is Griffin:
and child #3 is John:
but I don't know yet. While I know there's more research that can/should be done on these two children, it's been difficult. And so I'm wondering if DNA would tell me if I'm on the right track. Here's what I'm thinking:
- IF I can locate a living male BROWN-surnamed descendant of one of the two known children (Nathan or Lorenzo)
- AND I can locate a living male BROWN-surnamed descendant of Griffin or John
- AND I can convince BOTH of them to take a DNA test
- AND their DNA matches
Would this suggest that Griffin and John do belong in the family and that I should use my efforts to continue the quest?
Legacy's DNA Chart, the "Male Y-DNA, Carriers Only" chart
should make it easier to know which of these descendants would carry the right Y-DNA, right?
On the other hand, my mother's mother, age 81, is a descendant of one of my brick wall ancestors. Below, Grandma's mother's mother's mother's mother's parents are unknown. Would testing Grandma with a mtDNA test be of value here?
What should Geoff do?
My dear genea-DNA-peeps - I've got two AncestryDNA (autosomal) kits sitting on my desk. Should I:
- Test Grandpa Rasmussen (Dad's father)
- Test Grandpa Larsen (Mom's father)
- Test Grandma Larsen (Mom's mother)
- Test Dad
- Test Mom
- Test myself
And which other tests should I obtain?
- y-DNA test for the Browns
- mtDNA test for Grandma Larsen
If my budget were not an issue I know I should do 'em all. Or should I just keep these tests on my desk for now?