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The DNA journey begis

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paulr1949
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Location: North West Kent

The DNA journey begis

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I took up the offer from Ancestry last autumn and bought a DNA kit. After viewing a Suffolk FHS Zoom talk in January, I eventually got my act together and sent in my kit. I’ve just had an email to say the results are in - typically, I can’t actually do anything much as we’re away for a couple of days!
I intend to use Peter Calvert’s masterclass as a starting point, I’ve also got the recent article in WDYTYA magazine to reread. I have spent some time over the last couple of weeks creating a tree on ancestry with my direct ancestors to link to my DNA results which is about 80% there. So we’ll see how things go.
Paul

Mick Loney
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Re: The DNA journey begis

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Paul,
Don’t forget to make your tree visible (except living individuals of course). Nothing more frustrating than finding a potential match with someone, then find they have hidden their tree, or worse, they haven’t linked to a tree at all :D

paulr1949
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Oh yes, I've read about people who do that! Once I complete the tree it will be public.
Paul

meekhcs
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Location: Lincolnshire, but Hampshire born and bred!

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I have one problem re making a DNA public, and I realise it goes against the grain, but using mine as an example, they can become "messy"!

By messy I mean a tree that can have lots of possible outcomes and therefore some incorrect data.

Like you Paul I built a new DNA tree for myself and my husband. Sadly, when the results came in, I discovered that the male line in each of our trees was wrong and I had to start from scratch with barely a clue, and then of course there is the whole illegitimacy problem. I had good DNA matches (100cM+) that even with the new lines I could not fit in, so I have had to start trying to fit in these matches, and some of it is by trial and errror. I accept that this is made more difficult because people do not link trees, however, along the way I have looked at the DNA linked trees of people and found many were wrong/unsourced. My tree isn't fully sourced and changes frequently, and Some of the data is probably wrong.

For the time being therefore mine is private because I don't want to make a tree public that I am not confident is as accuraate as it could be.

If people from Ancestry wish to contact me they can through the message board.

Finally, Thrulines. Just use as a guide, they are made up from the same DNA linked trees that can be wrong!

Best of luck!

Mick Loney
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Re: The DNA journey begis

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To be honest, it doesn’t matter too much if your tree is slightly wrong. The matches come about by comparing DNA not trees. If I get a good match, I’ll look at the tree to find the common ancestor, and if tree is incorrect, I’ll contact the owner to discuss the problem. I tend to skip/ignore matches that have no trees linked to them, so you may be doing yourself a disservice by not linking a tree because it may be ‘incorrect’!

meekhcs
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I take your point Mick, but as someone who gets on her high horse about incorrect/unsourced trees on Ancestry and the like, I feel it would be hypocritical of me to add another!! :lol: :oops:

Mick Loney
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Re: The DNA journey begis

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I’m not one to complain about wrong trees, each to his own, but I do complain about people who copy this dodgy information without first checking its accuracy, that’s how errors get promulgated.
If people would only source their trees, and align their trees with their sources, it wouldn’t be a problem.
To show an individual’s father as ‘Fred’ then quote a parish register for their marriage which show their father was ‘George’ is just sloppy research :D

paulr1949
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Location: North West Kent

Re: The DNA journey begis

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I agree, Mick, I have found family trees relating to my Isle of Wight
Lock relatives who, in the 18th century, were apparently baptised in Bristol yet born/lived in the Isle of Wight
I am being careful to source my DNA tree as best I can.
Paul

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