Since the first day that I heard about DNA testing for genealogy I was interested but never made the effort to get tested. That is until now. Yesterday morning I was going through the We Are Cousins Facebook Group and reading some great comments from it’s awesome members when I decided that it was time. Yes time for me to take a leap and do my DNA.
I only had two choices Ancestry.com or FamilyTreeDNA. Why these two companies? These two since they are the ones that most of my readers and group members have used and have experience with. It is comforting to know that I have great people available for help with any of my questions, that is if I have any.
Prior to making my final choice I was thinking of getting my DNA done with FamilyTreeDNA since it was very highly recommended by Crispin Rendon and Gary Felix. They also told me about the Mexico DNA project. Why would I chose Ancestry.com over FamilyTreeDNA after two people, whom I have the highest respect for and whose opinion I highly value, recommended it?
Why I chose Ancestry.com:
Simple, as Nancy Martinez stated at the We Are Cousins Facebook page “so that I can take advantage of both databases”. The main reason that I chose Ancestry was that I am using their Family Tree Maker 2014 software and I currently have a subscription with them. I want to see how DNA matching works or interacts with the software. The second reason was that once I get my results I will be transferring to FamilyTreeDNA. I understand that there is a fee but that is OK.
Hopefully I get to tell you about both services int he future. Meanwhile I will be documenting my experience and results.
What I am Expecting:
I think my DNA will reveal a mixture of many cultures. For sure I am expecting to have Spanish ancestors, African ancestors, and Native American ancestry. Other than that I have no idea what I will get.
For the Future:
Eventually I want to do my Maternal and Paternal DNA testing. Since on both sides I have brick-walls and I know DNA might help me confirm whom their ancestors might have had been. The only downside is that these tests are a bit pricey but I’ll be on the look out for any promotions or discounts.
Have you done your DNA Testing?
Let me know which company you used and or about your results. Leave me a quick comment, I respond to all comments.