DNA Can it help with my Genealogical Research?

If you are a cousin and have not taken a DNA test please consider doing so.  You can start with autosomal atDNA and/or take a yDNA test if you are male.

I am very interested in the Keller surname and anyone who is a male descendant of John Keller.  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/keller/

A couple of months ago a visitor to this blog asked me if I had taken any DNA Tests, well I have. I have taken an autosomal and mtDNA test. A sibling of mine has taken a yDNA 67 marker test.

DNA Chart - yDNA, mtDNA with autosomal in the middle

DNA Chart – yDNA, mtDNA with autosomal in the middle

If you have knowledge of a DNA test that is for any of the lines for the Goss Family (Spracklin, Goss, Keller, Delano) and I know they are out there.  Please leave a comment so that others can benefit from your knowledge. Most are yDNA which follows the male line.

Here is what has been happening.

In the last year, I have taken an autosomal test through 23&Me

https://www.23andme.com/

They have my ancestry as:  74.6% British & Irish, 8.5% French & German, .9% Scandinavian etc.

23&Me has family trees but after a time the moved them to My Heritage  https://www.myheritage.com/  I have resisted joining them but then Legacy, my family tree database offered a great deal so I jumped on the bandwagon.  The tree at My Heritage is basic and mostly and outline of my family tree.  My tree is very complicated I have been working on it since 1999.

I transferred the test at 23 & Me to Family Tree DNA per the suggestion of a friend who does a lot of lecturing in DNA.

I then took the mtDNA test (on sale) at Family Tree DNA and those results are also there.

https://www.familytreedna.com/

My mtDNA Haplogroup is H3k1a. I did their full mtDNA sequence in March 2014.  I keep getting emails that I have new matches.  I also did their Family Finder (autosomal) in November of 2013.  They give my Ancestry as 73% British Isles, 17% Western and Central Europe and 10% South Europe.

I also have a DNA test at Ancestry.com.  dna.ancestry.com  I have a tree but at the moment it is private.  I am working on expanding that tree and will let you know when I open it to the public.  You can ask me at Ancestry to give you permission if you like.

Meanwhile I am reading:  Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy by Kelly Wheatonhttps://sites.google.com/site/wheatonsurname/beginners-guide-to-genetic-genealogy  This is a free site and you can click and enjoy at your leisure.

I am also reading: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger. It is very good but not cheap $29.99 so try various websites to see if you can’t get a discounted price.

In the last months I have pulled my DNA reports and files and put them into a binder so I would have it all it one place and could keep track of the ones I administer for others.

Here is a link to the Andrews project for DNA, we are linked to them through the Spracklins.  Elizabeth Andrews Spracklin is our link.

 Andrews DNA project for males at Family Tree DNA

https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/andrews/about/background

Please feel free to share and contact me, Bonnie:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

Updated June 18, 2017

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