My DNA work began when I had my father submit a sample for Y-testing in 2013. His paternal line is Swedish and I can use all the help I can get weeding through the many people with the same surnames!
Since then I have tested my father, my sister, myself, and 2 of my children for their Autosomal DNA. I have used both Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA as testing companies. I have also transferred DNA results to Family Tree DNA and My Heritage DNA. Most recently, I tested my own DNA with Living DNA in England.
It’s important to have a question you are trying to answer with your DNA test results and a plan for which DNA and which test(s) will help answer that question. I started with three questions:
- That paternal Swedish Line and the ever-changing patronymic names.
- Are there other cousins researching people in my family tree?
- Can I confirm my maternal grandfather since I cannot find any records for the man listed on my mother’s birth certificate?
I have found cousins, so question 2 is answered with a resounding YES.
As of today, 6/4/18, I am getting started on some clues for question 3 and question 1 remains a mystery.
Along the way I have attended DNA conferences, listened to many DNA webinars and presentations, and slowly learned some methods for weeding through those hundreds of DNA matches that once appeared so daunting!
Most importantly, I’ve learned that DNA is an unfolding resource that requires many lessons and whose benefits and tools change frequently.