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    Questions on Y-DNA Testing

    Anyone here who has taken the YDna tests offered? What is your experience with them? What company do you recommend? Also if I have my paternal line traced back 10+ generations to the same little 10 square mile corner of North Holland/West Friesland is there even a point in getting the testing done? Am I going to pay money only to find out something I already know? That my ancestors are Frisian Dutch.

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    Well, considering you have such a clear background on your paternal line, you can probably guess that you would be in the R1b haplogroup; Frisians find themselves in the R1b1b2a1a subclade most often.

    But whether or not this is of a lot of value to you is the real determining factor. It would confirm that your father's father's father and so forth was from this area, but it's really once facet as far as I am aware its limited in that it only tells you about one person, the direct male ancestor.

    Consider that you have 128 greatx5 grandparents, you get your YDNA from one of them, so 1/128, and he got it from 1 of 128 of his greatx5 grandparents. But it could tell you potentially if there was some other person from some other place that was forgotten about who came to beget your male ancestor, or if the great great a.s.f grandmother cheated on her husband. Most people in Western Europe have some form of R1b I'm pretty sure though.

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    If you just want to find out what your Y Haplogroup is, then Family Tree DNA is an ok choice.
    http://www.familytreedna.com/Default.aspx?c=1

    If you want to to dig deeper in your ancestry and get more for the money I'd highly recommend testing with 23andMe.
    https://www.23andme.com/

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