YOUR DNA RESULTS & WHAT NEXT?
HELP!! I've received my DNA results – NOW WHAT??
This is the landing page for both "Newbies" and those who are a little more advanced. Because you need to have a very basic grasp of a few terms and the types of DNA, before going ahead and looking at your DNA data, check out DNA & Genetic Genealogy. This is also a refresher for those who are getting a bit mixed up with what each DNA test can do – for example, are you confident that you know the difference between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) versus X-chromosome DNA? These two in particular often cause confusion.
Starter Pages: FTDNA – see here for what is included in Parts 1, 2, and 3 (below)
Starter Page: FTDNA (Part 1) <CHECK BACK>
Starter Page: FTDNA (Part 2) <CHECK BACK>
Starter Page: FTDNA (Part 3) <CHECK BACK>
Starter Pages: 23andMe – see here for what is included in Parts 1 and 2 (below)
Starter Page: 23andMe (Part 1)
Starter Page: 23andMe (Part 2)
Advice re. FDA's 15-Day Letter to 23andMe
Starter Page: AncestryDNA
Next Steps: All Companies – this includes 3 helpful tools: GEDmatch.com, DNAgedcom.com, and the Chrome Extension for AncestryDNA
ADSA*: No Spreadsheets Required! – * = Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer
DNA Tips, Tools & Managing Matches – this includes information on additional 3rd-party tools, resources, and a lot of links to other articles
Spreadsheets for DNA Matches
Spreadsheets for DNA Segments
Presentations on DNA Testing
See also Links for Newbies, which provides some information on starting your family tree and genealogy research. As well as having your DNA tested, you have to also work on developing your family tree if you want to maximize what you can get out of your DNA results and identify some common ancestors with your matches.
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Page updated 5 April 2014