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    The question is, who do you trust with a sample of your DNA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    The question is, who do you trust with a sample of your DNA?
    In a sample base of tens of millions of individual samples, why would anyone be focused on specifically your DNA?

    In the possible scenario of anyone wanting to frame you for a crime, for example, by planting your DNA (acquired from a sample bank) in some manner, it would require such an amount of resources and influence to successfully pull off, that I reckon you'd be f-ed anyway, if such people were out to get you.

    Honestly, I'd be more worried about using my credit card online.
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    That's about the same as giving your Social Security number to a stranger.

    Chances are nothing will ever happen with your sample. The chance is zero if they never have it.
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    I did 23&me testing three years ago that I received as a gift and now I wish I had done AncestryDNA. A friend at work did AncestryDNA and her results were much more detailed. 23&me keeps updating which is good because when I first got my results the General Northwest European category was over 20% and now they have gotten it down to 10%. Even though my results indicate @30% French/German all the regions listed are all in Germany so it doesn’t look like there’s actually any French at all.

    I will probably do AncestryDNA at some point since my dna is already out there just to have a comparison. I thoroughly enjoyed getting the results because I knew so little before the test. I only had some family lore on my dad’s side of English and Belgian ancestry. My mom was adopted so we virtually knew nothing about her heritage but guessed possibly Irish due to her red hair and green eyes. My situation seems typical of other Americans that I know but sadly most people I’ve talked to don’t seem to care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelyrra View Post
    I did 23&me testing three years ago that I received as a gift and now I wish I had done AncestryDNA. A friend at work did AncestryDNA and her results were much more detailed. 23&me keeps updating which is good because when I first got my results the General Northwest European category was over 20% and now they have gotten it down to 10%. Even though my results indicate @30% French/German all the regions listed are all in Germany so it doesn’t look like there’s actually any French at all.
    It might be dependent on individual results, how much of a detailed picture of ancestry one is given. I did my test at AncestryDNA, and only got results on a country-basis, and would actually like to do another test at 23andMe to get more detailed information.

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    I will probably do AncestryDNA at some point since my dna is already out there just to have a comparison. I thoroughly enjoyed getting the results because I knew so little before the test. I only had some family lore on my dad’s side of English and Belgian ancestry. My mom was adopted so we virtually knew nothing about her heritage but guessed possibly Irish due to her red hair and green eyes. My situation seems typical of other Americans that I know but sadly most people I’ve talked to don’t seem to care.
    AncestryDNA also reveals genealogical matches within their customer base (which is over 15 million people). So given your mother's unknown history, it might well be worth giving it a try. Personally, I didn't get any close DNA matches, as most of their customers are located in the US, but I did get almost 400 4th-6th cousins. You might have more luck in that department.
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    Thank you!

    We actually did get to find out a small amount of information about my mother’s birth family when she passed away. A cousin whom I had never heard of showed up out of the blue at the funeral and her father was my mother’s biological brother who was 16 when mom was born. This cousin put me in touch with a living elderly relative and her daughter gave me some family tree information for my mom’s maternal line. It’s not much but it’s something. We also got to visit the grave site of my biological grandmother and great grandmother. I’m on a quest to learn more. My maternal grandfather seems to be a bit of a dead end at this point but perhaps the genetic relatives will present themselves with time either on 23&me or Ancestry.
    I bought my brother an Ancestry DNA kit so I could verify my paternal halo group. According to my maiden name it should be R1b and of Saxon origins but I’d like to know for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelyrra View Post
    I bought my brother an Ancestry DNA kit so I could verify my paternal halo group. According to my maiden name it should be R1b and of Saxon origins but I’d like to know for sure.
    AncestryDNA doesn't provide information on haplogroups, as far as I know. You have to get a 23andMe test for that.
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    I believe I need to have a male relative (Father or brother) test their dna to find out my paternal halogroup since I only have X chromosomes.
    This week I got my updated 23 and me report and I have 1% non European trace ancestry. I’m now even more interested in getting tested by another company to compare. They keep changing things. When you adjust the confidence level filter the trace ancestry doesn’t change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    AncestryDNA doesn't provide information on haplogroups, as far as I know. You have to get a 23andMe test for that.
    My brother submitted his sample to AncestryDNA. Do you think it will not tell his (our) paternal halogroup?

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    I do see now that AncestryDNA will not test for halogroups! Perhaps I’ll send my brothers raw data if I can get it to Prometheus at some point.

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