There are a lot of commercials right now offering a reduced cost for DNA testing. The Christmas offer was the enticement for my husband to buy a kit for me. I had never been very interested in DNA testing, after 20 years of research I pretty much know where all my ancestors came from.
If you have a tree established in Ancestry then the DNA kit offers more information for them to track the migration of your ancestors. I knew my ancestors had settled in New York and Massachusetts and Kentucky between 1600 and 1700 then migrated west to Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Colorado in the 1800’s. Ancestry confirmed this migration by illustrating the pathways from the European continent to the American continent and across the plains to the Midwest. It makes a pretty picture.
The most interesting part of the DNA test results is the revelation of more than 1000 names within Ancestry of people I share DNA characteristics with. For example, the closest match for me is my first cousin Roxanne Hancock Dye. Roxanne’s father and my mother were brother and sister. Roxanne took an Ancestry DNA test and has established a tree in Ancestry. The match shows we share 1083 cM across 44 segments. A centimorgan (cM) tells you how much DNA is shared. A segment represents the sections of DNA that are identical between two individuals.
My other closest connections within Ancestry are Kori Bitterlich, my sister’s grand-daughter, with 998 cM over 41 segments. Gary Langdon, my first cousin, 851 cM across 41 segments. James G. Fields, who is my first half-cousin, 350 cM over 17 segments. James’ mother June is my father’s half-sister. After these matches the numbers drop pretty fast to about 99 cM and 10 segments for my third, fourth and fifth cousins.
The real catch with this is you must have an Ancestry DNA test in order to provide the information to know our connections. Because my siblings and most of the cousins I know do not have this connection to Ancestry I don’t have any other DNA information. However, I do have a fairly large tree built with documentation for proof and that makes me happy. But if you are curious, take advantage of the Ancestry DNA test holiday sales.