We’ve tested at ancestry DNA. Since you want to be using it, you need first recognize that there are both pros and cons of that website compared with any other company’s website.
There are some advantages and disadvantages of ancestry DNA which I like and dislike about. Similarly, there are some major and minor indicators we must take into account.
Above all, they have the largest database, which is highly impressive because ancestry DNA was a late comer to the genealogy DNA game, Family Tree DNA. 23 and Me had already been selling kits for years before ancestry DNA started. Nonetheless,
As ancestry DNA was able to leverage their memberships, and a large number of people are drawn because of their commercials, they promptly surpassed both Family Tree DNA and 23 and Me besides their database.
So far, their database has approximately 5 million to 6 million people till the end of 2017. If you’re watching this video later, they’re probably many millions more in the last year, so they’ve been growing.
I believe it is at a rate of around a million a year, so it is phenomenal as far as getting DNA testing out to everybody and that’s the best thing about ancestry DNA. It is the reason why you should test with ancestry DNA. No matter if you want the matches, you need to be in the largest database.
Secondly, another part which I favor about ancestry is you have that automatic link to your tree. All of a sudden, your DNA becomes a shake and you eat for other people. You have so much information that is automatically linked just by the fact that you have a tree on Ancestry and you’ve tested your DNA on ancestry. You have to tell us who that DNA belongs to on your tree and when you make matches with other people. It can look at your trees to see where you line up.
Thirdly, genetic communities of it are also my favorite. It is a powerful tool, particularly if you have no clue about your heritage. On the side of adoptees, it can be a powerful tool of giving you some good clues. The genetic communities are groups of people throughout history that have gone somewhere together.
For instance, you have certain migrations from Europe over to the Americas. Whether they’re Irish or German or the Dutch or the Italians, you have certain migrations within Europe, regardless of from the Northeast downinto Kentucky or in Appalachia or even down to the south or groups of migration out west.
The ancestry is responsible for identifying the typical DNA of those large groups of people by looking at their large database of all these people with different trees that they have these ancestors from these areas. For people who have my tree back five, six or seven generations, it’s not as helpful for me.
The reason why I like it is for people that don’t know their history, for instance, they’re just getting started or they are adopted and they don’t know who their parents were or their grandparents. These genetic communities give them a good clue, because most of these united communities are in the last 100, 150 or 200 years or so.
For instance, if you’re an adoptee nor tests on ancestry, one of the first places you should look is your genetic communities to find out if there is any of my DNA from it. You may find that your DNA is indicative of this group of people that settled in Ohio. What I can say from both myself and my wife and other people that have tested from ancestry that know our heritage these genetic communities, lined up perfect with what we already know.
It is also why I think it’s such a valuable tool, which is not random guessing. Instead, broad spectrum of people are involved to comparing it to people who know their history and put in genetic communities matches up very well with them. Those are the three tools that ancestry has that I like the most.
I also have three major aspects which I like about ancestry. First and foremost. It is the nochromosome browser. The DNA circles of ancestry is not the same as triangulation, which needs to look at chromosome by chromosome level to see where you match up with other people.
Ancestry will tell you how much DNA, in other words, in how many cm you share and how many segments that’s in. But it doesn’t give you detailed information about what the length of these jello segments are, so if you only have one segment and it is 20 cm that you share. As easy as it is, if you’re sharing a hundred and fifty cm and it’s spread over four segments.
You are not sure whether that’s four segments on one chromosome, four segments on four different chromosomes or something in between. You also don’t know how close together those segments are. All that information can be a good clue as to how far-removed you are. It is a fact that ancestry DNA doesn’t have a chromosome browser. I think it is negative and I really encourage ancestry to get a chromosome browser to get more data to people from the testing.
The second disadvantage is about the limited amount of matching information. As with every company, ancestry DNA gives you matches, which is good, which also tell you roughly what relationship they think it is. Whether it is first, two, third cousins or second to fourth cousins or fifth to distant relatives, any of those is good and that’s helpful.
As was mentioned before, they don’t give you detailed information about that man. For instance, there’s no way for me to match with somebody, and then take a look at how much I match on certain chromosomes. Overall, I know how much I match, but I don’t know on which chromosomes I do match those. In fact, even for myself or anyone who is seeking our match on ancestry, we wouldn’t be able to compare control some by chromosome, even though we share more than half of our DNA together.
There’s no way to see how that is actually broken up, which is particularly important. When you’re looking at smaller and smaller segments, the more segments that you have and the larger chunks of those segments make a big difference as far as how closely related you are. Not providing the information of what the length of each of those segments are and what chromosome each of those segments are, there’s limited information you actually get from that matching.
Thirdly, the managing multiple kits prior to July of 2017 could manage multiple kits on ancestry. I believe you’re still allowed to manage multiple kits, if those kits are for the minor children who aren’t necessarily going to be able to set up their own account or have that information for account, you can still manage those.
However, the change they made in July was is that you could have one kit for each account for everybody else, where it would be a problem. If you’re trying to manage multiple kits, they have a way that you can be identified as a manager. But you have other steps that you have to go through in order to make sure that one they’re set up and that you’re identified as the manager of that kit.
When this announcement came out, people actually had some very legitimate reasons of why you would want to manage multiple kits on one account primarily. You’re talking about people who didn’t have email for since the older generation who maybe never set up email.
To begin with, they have neither desire to set up email, they nor desire to set up an ancestry account. In this case, managing multiple kits on one would make more sense. If you were the one that they were designating as the one to manage it, it would be great to integrate it all into one account, so that you don’t have to go through those extra steps to make sure that you’re the manager of it.
One thing that ancestry has done is that they’ve made it so that you can manage multiple people’s kits. They have to identify it when they are signing up. As long as you do that, you get a lot of benefits of managing multiple clips from it. But I personally like having all of my kits that I’m managing under one roof, so there you have some positives and some negatives of ancestry DNA in my eyes.
As far as I am concerned, the overriding thing is the large database that they have. I would encourage everyone to test with ancestry DNA, because they have the largest database. You’re going to have the largest chance of making matches with them. Be sure to check out our website www. history fanatics.com, so that you can find out about upcoming conferences that we’re going to attend.