While Waiting for the DNA Results

AncestryDNA kits are on sale as this post is written. Some things to remember about DNA tests:

  • have your tree as complete as you can–evaluate connections that were mere guesses or hunches;
  • work on finding descendants of aunts/uncles as far down as you can while waiting for results–this helps with sorting out matches–it’s ok if you can’t figure them all out to the current generation;
  • not every match will respond–people take DNA tests for different reasons and some may be surprised enough about their results that they don’t respond to inquiries.;
  • remember that DNA won’t solve every genealogical problem;
  • use any automatic sorting or predicted ancestor names by AncestryDNA as a potential clue–these predicted ancestors are based partially on trees submitted by other users which are not necessarily correct;
  • you may find close relatives you did not know you had.

 

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