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    I just found out today that my Great Aunt has done a bunch of research already. So by the middle of next week I will have it on hard copy and might be able to answer my big family questions!!! YEA!!!
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    Does anyone have information or resources regarding companys that do DNA geneology testing? It's something I want to give my Dad for Father's day but I'm finding all sorts of lab services on searches that cater to geneologists and I really know no one who has done this for recommendations. I haven't been able to locate a rating site that compares the services either.

    Here are some I'm looking into:
    http://www.dnaancestryproject.com/index.php
    http://www.genesconnected.com/
    http://www.dnaheritage.com/
    http://genealogy.about.com/od/dna_testing/




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    Quote Originally Posted by Visha'sMommy View Post
    I just found out today that my Great Aunt has done a bunch of research already. So by the middle of next week I will have it on hard copy and might be able to answer my big family questions!!! YEA!!!
    That's great, get a copy of everything you can,

    Quote Originally Posted by WyldeDryad View Post
    Does anyone have information or resources regarding companys that do DNA geneology testing? It's something I want to give my Dad for Father's day but I'm finding all sorts of lab services on searches that cater to geneologists and I really know no one who has done this for recommendations. I haven't been able to locate a rating site that compares the services either.

    Here are some I'm looking into:
    http://www.dnaancestryproject.com/index.php
    http://www.genesconnected.com/
    http://www.dnaheritage.com/
    http://genealogy.about.com/od/dna_testing/
    I personally have never done one. Well you should have good info with the links you found. I did find this one in a search which you may already have covered.

    Are DNA Tests Worth the Cost?
    http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/246751.htm

    and..

    http://www.rootsweb.com/~wircgs/genetic_genealogy.html

    I can put you in touch with a man who knows lots about it and runs DNA testing for a line in my tree. Maybe he can give you some answers and opinions on testing in general. PM me for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls View Post
    I personally have never done one. Well you should have good info with the links you found. I did find this one in a search which you may already have covered.

    Are DNA Tests Worth the Cost?
    http://genealogy.about.com/b/a/246751.htm

    and..

    http://www.rootsweb.com/~wircgs/genetic_genealogy.html
    Thank you for these articles. I really haven't come across much about them from nuetral sources. And yes, I found some good sites for services but when you read the fine print they don't tell you a whole lot specifically about how in depth the DNA test will go. Some of them only study as little as 10 strands to get a general idea. I had to e-mail one to find that out. They also chidded me a bit for being too scientific, lol.

    There is one from Oxford U that is much more expensive and offers extras like one if your Irish to see if you're a decendent of Niall of the Nine Hostages (which tempts me and I'd actually hope not to be, the bastard, lol) and then others which compare the DNA profiles of surnames. The Motherline is interesting as well.

    But all the options and services are confusing and I'm on overload about it. I'm also wondering if some are advertising more than their offering.


    I can put you in touch with a man who knows lots about it and runs DNA testing for a line in my tree. Maybe he can give you some answers and opinions on testing in general. PM me for it.
    PM sent! And much appreciated! :D




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    I participated in the National Geographic dna study (the website is https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/...c/journey.html ) but for this particular one they really only tell you about the very distant ancestors, their general migration patterns from Africa and things like that. They say though that the more people they get to participate, the more detail they'll be able to add in over time.

    The one that looks to see if you are related to Niall of the Nine Hostages in Irish lore would be neat (my mom's side of the family is from Ireland.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WyldeDryad View Post


    PM sent! And much appreciated! :D
    I PMed the info to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Gruagach View Post
    I participated in the National Geographic dna study (the website is https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/...c/journey.html ) but for this particular one they really only tell you about the very distant ancestors, their general migration patterns from Africa and things like that. They say though that the more people they get to participate, the more detail they'll be able to add in over time.

    The one that looks to see if you are related to Niall of the Nine Hostages in Irish lore would be neat (my mom's side of the family is from Ireland.)

    Thank you Ben for posting the link, I was looking for it to send him and couldn't find it.

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    Genealogists: Professional or Not

    I wantd to add an article here on genealogists in general. I think you all will find interesting.

    http://genealogy.about.com/library/t...ofessional.htm

    Merriam-Webster defines a genealogist as:
    Function: noun
    : a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families

    Now there can supposedly be different types of genealogists meaning professional, certified and theres your average family researcher. I've also read before that there is no such thing as a professional genealogist. I chalk it up to your either paid or your not, that's really it. I'm not bashing those who charge but what I'm saying is that it's not necessary to be "certified" or "licensed" or anything else to be a great genealogists and there's no sense in paying someone to do the work for you.

    I have not made the statement here yet but I am NOT for paying a genealogist for research. That's why I've started this section on how one can learn it for themselves. You may have to spend a little money on your research but you will not spend nearly as much as if you paid someone to do your work for you. And then you even loose the benefit of the knowledge of how it works and the adventure yourself. But paying one or not is entirely up to you. I feel that if you have a little free time and the willingness to learn then other than laziness wheres the logic in paying a lot of money for something you can get for much less and the sense on accomplishment that comes with it.

    Initially when I got interested in my family tree I thought I'd maybe find what I thought was a "real" genealogist and see what they charged to work on my tree since I had no clue how to do any of the research or where to start. Then after looking around and seeing prices that were insaine, my brain kicked over and I thought "what the hell am I thinking, why don't I learn it myself" DUH right! I have never since even once regreted my decision.
    Last edited by Haerfest Leah; April 19th, 2007 at 08:37 PM.

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    I am really sorry that you feel that way.Not everyone is able to travel to the places their ancestors lived to get their information and not all information is indexed online or available by mail.That is mostly where I come in.Many of my clients could just as easily write for the records, but after having been burned by county clerks and librarians who don't want to bother (and some of these places charge a nice chunk of change for these services) I get contacted. I keep my charges minimal and I do the job requested of me.I also did a great deal of volunteer work while I was learning how to do the work for pay.Even volunteers are out expenses such as time, gas, copies and postage which often don't get reimbursed and there are people out there who expect a volunteer to complete a major project for free.
    I agree that there are some people out there charging way too much money and not doing the job they were paid to do.That is sad.Most of my clients come to me by way of referral from other people I have done work for in the past.I have one little website on yahoo and that is all the advertising I do.A lot of my work also comes from the historical society that I did volunteer work for.They often get asked to do major projects and are staffed by volunteers who don't have the time to take on a major searches.The majority of my work is by referral and that is fine.I don't make a lot of money at it and that is fine.I could choose to do so but I'd rather not.I take on the projects that I know I can really be useful for.
    Please don't judge all of the people out there in one big lump.Some of us are just doing it because the service is needed and we are able to do it.If I wanted to be rich and successful, I would find another job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaylaK View Post
    I am really sorry that you feel that way........Please don't judge all of the people out there in one big lump.Some of us are just doing it because the service is needed and we are able to do it.If I wanted to be rich and successful, I would find another job!
    And I'm sorry you took my post the wrong way because I was not bad mouthing those that charge in order to make a job out of their work. I'm highlighting the choice to do the work ones self.

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    I do have to agree with you on that point.I often get requests for things that can be so easily obtained and I cannot figure out why people think they need to pay me to do it.Vital records are the biggest.For the most part, they are available and lots are indexed online with instructions on how to obtain that record.If they are looking for a large group of, say, marriage records that would be another matter.Many county clerks put limits on the number of records they will handle in a single request.When I get a request from someone I don't know I always try to find out what they have already done.I have to do this because there are some people out there who are not even working on genealogy but want a specific record for another purpose.I charge by the hour and require that a person pay for at least two hours plus a deposit for the copies and postage up front.That does help weed out some of the problem requests.I find most people to be honest and actually working on family history but not all of them.Why pay me, say, $20 to go get a death certificate when you can write to the county office and get it for $5 plus the cost of a couple of stamps?Makes no sense to me at all.

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