Look at this chart! Just look at THIS chart! Isn’t this fun? And day one of my having the time to look and play with the newest feature of Ancestry.com and their ThruLines – I see one of the most wonderful matches in all of genealogy research. We searched for my great grandfather’s little sister who married the son of Colonel West and moved out west. And not only does a record turn up but the DNA match to go with it!
Another bonus for me in this new feature is the easy-to-find number of centiMorgans for the matches. We can make a judgement about the match based not only on the match in our trees for ancestors but also know how many centiMorgans should or could be shared between two people at this relationship.
Oh but they almost make this one too easy, and I will say I am glad we cannot yet add the potential folks to our trees because this feature is also a perfect notification when something is wrong. One of the new potential ancestors offers me a new set of grandparents, great grands and great great grands – Some one has a wee boo boo and attached my mother to their tree and the wrong ancestors. The tree person is not related, there are no shared centiMorgans and so in the great feedback link provided, Ancestry has allowed me to tell them there is a wee glitch. (I also wrote a quick note to the tree owner that mother should be deleted from their tree.)
Added Testing y-DNA and mt-DNA
In all this excitement we cannot forget – a major goal for me in DNA for genealogy is learning all ancestral lines’ haplogroups and having those relatives all match in autosomal DNA with the appropriate amounts. Reading and learning your amounts of shared centiMorgans is as important of knowing the rules of the road for driving a car – what side of the road – maternal or paternal? how fast 1st cousin 2x or great aunt? how much gas is needed to drive to 2nd cousin? how many RPMs OOPs cMs to rev ThruLines to 4th great grandfather – And REMEMBER – autosomal DNA has limitations.
But with your newfound, certain ancestors you can consider adding the old-fashioned testing for mt-DNA and y-DNA. In choosing a candidate to prove your ancestral lines in their y-DNA and mt-DNA you need to make sure you are related and this ThruLines tool shows you for certain the men and women among your cousins who could be the family representative for a paternal line or a maternal line.
The best company still for this testing in my book is Family Tree DNA and they also take uploads of the autosomal DNA from your AncestryDNA test so you can add another dimension to DNA for genealogy with all that the great great great grandfather of DNA testing offers.
We are close to 100 people in our project now – and once you test the y and mt you can join projects for your surnames and for your haplogroups – yet another dimension to using DNA evidence to establish proven tree.
I know that our great teacher Blaine will have a perfect instruction for this on his page pronto – if not already. I know he is teaching and enjoying the great convention in Salt Lake this week as these new features roll out. I will add the link to his page soonest!
You want also the website with all the latest
but in-between the most useful genetic genealogy group on Facebook is
Blaine’s blog and web page and all his instructions are just magnificent.
I always share about great info that other people are sharing. Leah is a great blogger and this is a great take on the likelihood that we all need to consider using au-DNA to prove each of our ancestral lines, that I show above, and then those relatives can share their y-DNA and their mt-DNA and we can truly establish wonderful family ancestries and with DNA evidence.
I suggest reading my blog on choosing your DNA candidates carefully
and this great blog below by Leah – shows us another reason why. And she explains it all so beautifully.