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I didn't want to say anything until I was back home, but bringing everything in my carry on bag in both directions, worked. So, I'm now home successfully with 8 vials of DNA sample obtained from relatives in a foreign country. I actually phoned FTDNA about this issue before leaving and they assured me that it wouldn't be a problem and very kindly emailed me ...


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I had my 93 year old uncle take a test after he agreed to do it. I did not feel comfortable asking him to do it, or for me to attempt to administer it. My uncle was at a nursing home. I asked one of the health care aids to administer it. My uncle trusted the aid and even though he was uncomfortable for a few seconds, the aid knew how to handle it and it ...


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Yes it is very common to only have few or no matches at higher levels. I recently have been advising someone who got screaming mad (literally) about spending so much money and having no matches.. so the important thing here is patience. From 2009-late 2014 I personally had 0 matches.. even at Y37. It was 4 months ago I got a Y67 and until yesterday didn'...


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Mitochondrial DNA mutates very slowly. Like on the order of one mutation in a thousand or so years. FamilyTreeDNA have published a guide on Understanding Your mtDNA Full Sequence Results. For the Full Sequence mtDNA test you have done, with a match genetic distance of 0 (i.e. a perfect match) you can be 95% confident that the common maternal ancestor ...


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The short answer is being you have completed a very basic Y test and you should have met ftDNA's internal requirements of first doing a Y-## test before being able to order a BigY test and even if your kit does not show it, call them and they will add it to your cart or send you a special checkout URL.If they insist on adding a Y test you can request they ...


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I think there is still value to upgrading beyond Y37 (to at least 67) even if you are 100% confident you are going to do a BigY. Short version: You get near term genealogical value matching with Y67+ matches. This may change as more BigY's are done (they have only been out 2-3 years) and the tools around it improve, but as of May 2016 this is my position. ...


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First of all, I'm very sorry for your loss. I asked a very similar question as My Father passed away - next test(s) on what remains of his DNA sample? a few months ago and the answer was extremely helpful. I'm happy to say that I was able to perform everything on my Father -- mtFull, Family Finder, Y-111 and Big Y all successfully. Everything but mtFull was ...


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In the FTDNA help pages are the following notes: ** DYS19 is also known as DYS394. *** The Family Tree DNA and the Genographic Project report DYS389II differently. So the asterisks are just footnotes on STR nomenclature, nothing to do with how quickly they mutate. However this information may be important if you are comparing these STR results from ...


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Each sibling gets half their DNA from each parent. At each pair of chromosomes, one chromosome is from their father and one is from their mother. But the siblings don't get the same parts from each parent. Their grandparents' DNA crosses over and which grandparent they get is random. There is a 1/2 chance the siblings get the same section of DNA from the ...


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I found in the Family Tree DNA Learning Centre, an article on the mtDNA Matches Page, and they have in their Q&A there this question and answer: When I try this procedure, it loads my HVR1 and HVR2 results into Mitosearch for me. Answer for Problem 1: It uses the rCRS values Answer for Problem 2: For the mutations that are not one of A, C, G or T, it ...


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The answer is actually relatively straight forward that you started to lead onto yourself. It really comes down to the level of testing the individual has done, and further testing may actually further subdivide subgroup 8 as specific SNPs are identified to categorize them. Note the Y-111 test is a Y-STR test, not an Y-SNP test. You need SNP testing to ...


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In our case, based on research we figure there aren't many living males left with the surname that have tested. We did the yDNA-67 test and we have no matches at the 67 marker level, 5 matches at the 37 marker level (the closest still has 3 steps difference), 184 matches at the 25 marker level, and 483 matches at the 12 marker level. We also have no matches ...


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The Chromosome Browser image you've displayed does show half matches, however, you should think of this display as a list of half matches, not a display with one half of a chromosome pair on top and the other half on the bottom. For instance, if you were comparing against five other people, and you and those five people all shared an identical segment, then ...


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I have 27 Family Tree DNA raw data files. They have between 624 (0.1%) and 23,488 (3.4%) no calls. Their average is 8,537 (1.2%). So yes, your 31,200 (4.4%) no calls likely can be considered to be on the high side. According to a Family Tree DNA forum post from 2015, FTDNA may re-test you if the no call rate is 3% or more. So it may be worthwhile for ...


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It is not all that simple to convert to an FTDNA file. There are a few things that might be tripping you up. From your example, you seem to indicate that the first data line in your tellmeGen file is for position 100177980 on chromosome 1. Check that the lines are ordered by chromosome and position number, and that lower positions are before higher ...


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Before I ordered any extra SNP tests, I would wait a few weeks or months. Big Y tests an awful lot of markers, and unlike most other tests, it also discovers hitherto unknown markers (kind of like a "full system scan" on your computer, if that's a proper analogy). Whoever is studying your results needs some time to analyze what has come in. Also, ask Family ...


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No sequencing technology is perfect. For the full sequence mtDNA test, FamilyTreeDNA uses a Next Generation Sequencing technology called Illumina. I will vastly oversimplify here, but this method determines the sequence by extending fragments of your DNA sample, applying fluorescent tags, and detecting the wavelength of light produced as each nucleotide is ...


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Common sense would dictate that you're okay taking the test kits to your relatives, as long as you leave the packages unopened and as you received them. Once you are with your relative and take their sample, I would not recommend you attempt to take them back. Instead, I'd suggest you mail them from whatever country you're in. Why even risk trying to risk ...


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The only real reason for doing an mtDNA test for genealogical purposes is to prove that one person's female line connects with another person's female line. However, mtDNA is passed down almost identically from generation to generation with individual mutations happening rarely. So you will be unable to tell how far back the two lines connect. If you know ...


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I spoke with Family Tree DNA and was told to do the following to get permission to upgrade: Provide a copy of the Death Certificate Get permission in writing from the executor of the estate to take possession of the DNA. Once Family Tree DNA gets these and confirms them, the DNA ownership can be transferred and additional testing performed. I also asked ...


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It's important to note that race and ethnicity is not necessarily part of DNA. Ethnicity estimates are based on samples of the current population in different regions and finding patterns in certain DNA markers for those populations which you may share with them, for any reason. It is an estimate based on statistics and not a hard science. Having that said, ...


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I had some comments on this on the ISOGG Facebook group. Ann Turner, James Lick and Rebekah Canada set me straight: My uncle has 4 mutations from mt haplogroup H3w and no matches that share one or more of those mutations without being different on others to give a Genetic Distance of 3 or less, which is what Family Tree DNA will display. Whereas, I have 2 ...


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Y-chromosome STR tests measure particular aspects of the DNA (tandem repeats) which happen to change at a faster rate than most other forms of DNA change. Each STR site ("DYS" locus) tends to have an average chance of about 0.2% of mutating in each generation.1,2 When you look at many such sites, the combination tends to diverge within a few generations. ...


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Family Historian has a gedcom export plugin available that has a specific export option for this scenario. However, the free trial version does not allow the running of plugins and so may be an expensive option if this is a one-off exercise, but it is an excellent programme for storing all your genealogical data.


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In general I would say no, but there are couple of reasons in which you might. I covered them in this answer "If you plan on getting a BigY is there any value in going beyond Y37 to a degree too. The primary one is that the BigY test is a discovery test looking to detect ANY SNPs. The problem with this discovery test is that it misses SNPs. That is why a ...


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This is an extended walk through of the original high level walk-through (no screenshot and only for windows) posted by Steven Frank's Blog for Windows PCs of a way how to do this to convert it to 23andMe's Build 36 version with extended detail and screenshots. Login to your FamilyTreeDNA Download the Build 36 Autosomal and X DNA RAW Files Unzip the ...


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There does appear to be something wrong with the Family Tree DNA search. To prove it, I go to the last page, page 570 of my search results, where all the people are matching with only 20 cM and longest block 9 cM. Now I pick someone on that page with a likely unique last name, e.g. this person with last name Presbury, and enter it into the search box, and ...


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I want to append to the answer that GEDMATCH now supports FTDNA's format (both - b36 and b37). And there is no need in conversion. But if you really need the conversion between the formats there are plenty of tools: http://www.y-str.org/2014/09/autosomal-dna-converter-nix.html http://www.y-str.org/2013/06/autosomal-dna-converter.html Please note that ...


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I do empathize and was at the point of thinking of returning the Ancestry kit - no fault with the kit. More my exasperation at how to get a sample and of course with consent from our mother. My mother doesn’t like to spit. So months later the penny dropped. I gave our Mam the leaflet explaining why the saliva test and asking for consent. Important also to ...


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