I am glad that TED-Ed did a short informative video on genealogical DNA tests, this is basic information that everyone needs to know about these kind of DNA tests, so that people will know what these tests can and can not tell you about your ancestry et cetera.
To my surprise I got my Family Tree DNA Family Finder (autosomal DNA) genealogical DNA test results yesterday, I was not expecting to get my results this soon, especially because this company is based in The United States in Houston, Texas which was recently devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
If you are interested I already did a post called, John Jr Does The Family Tree DNA Family Finder Genealogical DNA Test, where I briefly mention getting the kit and sending it back by mail.
Yesterday I got an email from Family Tree DNA with the subject New Family Finder Results, and this is what it said:
Family Finder results have been uploaded for your kit, John Jr.
Family Finder uses autosomal DNA to connect you with relatives descended from any of your ancestral lines in approximately the most recent five to six generations.
The myOrigins tool also provides analysis of your ethnic percentages.
Accessing Your Matches
You may view your Family Finder matches on our website by following these steps:
Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
On the top menu bar, find the Family Finder menu.
From the Family Finder menu, select Matches.
The Family Finder – Matches page has two sections.
The top Filter Matches by: section is where you can change the testing level and filter for specific parameters.
The bottom Matches section is where you can view your matches.
To view all of your Family Finder matches:
In the Filter Matches section, change the Relations: field to Show All Matches.
By default, your closest matches will be at the top of the report.
If you come from a population where few people have tested, you may not have even distant matches right away.
As you get new matches in the “close” and “immediate” ranges, we will notify you by e-mail.
About Autosomal DNA
Autosomal DNA is DNA from one of our chromosomes located in the cell nucleus.
It generally excludes the sex chromosomes.
Humans have 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and one pair of sex chromosomes.
You inherited your Autosomal DNA from both of your parents, all four grandparents, all eight great-grandparents, etc.
This is why Family Finder results generally include matches from all of your lines.
You get about half of your autosomal DNA from each parent.
They in turn received about half of their autosomal DNA from each of their parents.
Each time Autosomal DNA passes from parent to child, it is partly mixed.
This is called “recombination.”
The randomness of recombination means that after 5 to 6 generations you may have much less autosomal DNA from one line than another.
Random recombination means that while autosomal DNA and Family Finder matching are powerful tools, beyond 3rd cousins it is possible to have a cousin who does not show up as a match to you.
Therefore, Family Finder proves relationships, but failure to match does not always disprove them.
Learn & Understand
Our help pages have the answers to questions about Family Finder autosomal test results.
There are three relevant sections.
Begin with an introduction to Autosomal DNA Testing:
Then, you can begin learning how to use some of our Family Finder pages and tools:
Finally, you can look through our Expert’s Guide to interpreting your results:
Accessing Your Raw Results
You may download your Family Finder raw data at any time.
Learn how to do so here:
Sign into to your myFTDNA account.
Under your Family Finder results icons, select the Download Raw Data link
Select the file type to download
The download file is in the compressed GZ format.
You can read about this page and file formats by clicking on the blue Page Help button at the top of the page.
Recovering Your Password
If you have misplaced your password, you may recover it by following these steps:
Go to the Forgot Password page.
Enter your kit number and e-mail address in the recovery form.
Click the Get Password button.
Check your e-mail for a message from Family Tree DNA.
Family Tree DNA cares about your privacy; when you use our internal database your privacy is assured.
However, you should use caution if you are ever asked to export your results to other databases not endorsed by Family Tree DNA.
Be sure you have confidence in the privacy protections of whoever is requesting your data.
Under no circumstances should you share your kit number and password outside of Family Tree DNA.
Also, you can modify your privacy settings (this links to https://my.familytreedna.com/privacy-sharing.aspx) anytime to opt-out of showing your ethnicity breakdown to your matches.
Thank you for testing at Family Tree DNA,
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