I'm kind of skeptical about DNA testing, but David was curious to know about his, especially since Ancestry.com was offering a sale on the test. So he spit into the test tube provided, sent the box off and these are the results that came back today:
44 % Great Britain
40 % Ireland, Scotland & Wales
11 % Western Europe
4 % Scandinavia
(No surprises on any of those, however, the one below is! Hum!)
1 % Middle East
A cousin who has had the DNA testing done said: "Ancestry uses an autosomal DNA test. It's the best of both worlds in that it tests for maternal and paternal ancestors." Here are 5 things you need to know before taking the test.
I've been watching some YouTube videos of people who have received their DNA test results back and were disappointed for various reasons. Remember that the DNA test is only a tool to further your genealogical research. For instance, if you have hit a brick wall and haven't figured out how to get over it or around it, this might give you clues as to where to go next in your search for the next piece of the family jigsaw puzzle. Your family tree will probably not be all laid out for you. It will take a little work on your part, beginning with yourself and working backward to make your family tree. Of course, there will be cousins along the way who have been on the same genealogical journey that you can exchange information with. That's the fun part - getting acquainted with cousins whose ancestors knew your ancestors and either died or moved and lost touch with each other.
I have several articles on this blog that tells you about various aspects of genealogical research. Look under the labels listing those articles -- Charts, Code, Paper Trail, Tips, Tool, etc.