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From: "Peter Bailey" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Genealogy and DNA LIMITATIONS: Understanding exactly how tests reinforce folk ideologies.
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 20:51:08 -0000
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(and Doug, Whit, Charles, Len and others who have contributed to this

Further thanks for your help. I shall certainly save up for such a test.

As must have been apparent, I am not only a newbie to this list but to the
technology in general. I am hoping to learn and get up to speed as quickly
as is reasonably possible. ( I am heavily involved in other genealogical
pursuits, so time is a huge restraint).

I can not be the only person who has subscribed to this list who needs a
helping hand to get into this advanced technology and who is daunted by the
erudition of its contributors. Accordingly, I have suggested to Ann that a
few 'taglines' are regularly appended to all messages which can lead newbies
to sites explaining the bases of the technology to ten-year-olds. This is
common on other Rootsweb sites and does not downgrade the ''
connection. Ann has kindly provided me with one or two pointers which I have
yet to check out.

Your information in this message looks to me to be very helpful and I shall
pursue it.

Best wishes - Peter Bailey

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Subject: Re: [DNA] Genealogy and DNA LIMITATIONS: Understanding exactly how
tests reinforce folk ideologies.

> Peter:
> I agree with Doug McDonald who advised you to bite the bullet and fork out
the money for a 37 marker test from FTDNA . I was
also tested by OA two years ago and soon learned that 10 Y-STR markers is
insufficient to either answer questions about my kinship to others with the
same surname; or to give me an indication as to my haplogroup to learn about
possible ancient Viking or other connections. If you go the FTDNA route,
the first 12 markers will arrive on your personal webpage (before the other
25) along with a comparison of your haplotype to a world wide database that
has been SNP tested and placed in one of the categories we discuss here all
the time (e.g., R1a1 which is defined by a Y chromosome marker known as M17)
and which in your case is bound to provide very interesting information.
For the present you could try plugging your numbers into Whit Athey's
haplogroup predictor
and see what yo!
> ur most likely haplogroup might be. Knowing your haplogroup opens the
door to learning the ancient history of your Y chromosome (literally its
geographical travels in time back to mother Africa).
> David F.

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