Making sense of your Y-DNA results - Matches, Projects & Utilities (John Cleary)





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Published on Dec 16, 2015

You have taken your Y-DNA test – probably a 37 or 67 marker test – and you have a long list of numbers and a list of matches, only some of whom have the same name as you ... So where do you go from here? The first of two linked talks on making the most of Y-DNA test results will look at questions often asked by new testers, such as: Are my matches really my unknown relatives? What can I gain from joining projects? How to make sense of those numbers in my marker results? Should I upgrade my test results? We will run through the different types of group projects (including Surname, Haplogroup, Geographical and Heritage Projects) and see how sharing results through them can increase the value of taking a DNA test. We will also look at identifying signature markers, and what to do about the NPE, when apparent matches do not share a common surname. Lastly we will look at some useful utilities and resources that can help you build your genetic tree and create your own DNA-Surname project.

John is a lecturer and teaches at a university in Edinburgh. He is a member of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) in Scotland, and is involved in a project researching the fate of Scottish prisoners captured by Cromwell in the Civil War and transported to the Americas, using DNA and genealogy, working with the Prisoners' descendants.

This lecture was presented at Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2015. Please note that these GGI2015 videos are copyrighted to the presenter and should only be used for personal study. They are not to be used for any other purpose without the presenter's express permission. Also, please note that because this is a rapidly advancing field, the content may quickly become outdated.

The lectures were sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA (at www.ftdna.com) and organised by Maurice Gleeson, a volunteer from ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy at www.isogg.org).


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