Monday, December 22, 2014

The Importance of DNA Testing

Several months ago my Dad and sister took the AncestryDNA autosomal test. Now that we have the results, it has been interesting to compare theirs with the earlier tests done by myself and my Mom. This has already underscored the benefits of testing as many in the family as possible.

I had more trace percentages, but my sister had higher amounts for Europe West, Italy/Greece and Native American than me. I was higher in Middle East and Asia South but she had 4% Caucasus. In Ancestry's improved DNA match results, I had 37 shared ancestor hints and 90 4th cousins or closer, but my sister had 162 4th cousin or closer matches. My sister matched to some cousins who did not show up in the results for me and my Mom. For example, she matched to a cousin for our 6th-great-grandparents Jose Antonio Suastegui and Maria Ignacia Canete.

My Mom's sisters are now awaiting their DNA results, so I'm hoping this will shed more light on the Mexican side of the tree as well as help breakdown the brick wall for the unknown parents of my 2nd-great-grandmother Mary Alice Cain Read.

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