A Giant Leap for Mankind: My Small Step into Genealogical DNA!

I received my Family Tree DNA kit from Texas in the mail today.

Family Tree DNA

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Family Tree DNA
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Industry Genealogical DNA testing
Founded 2000
Founder(s) Bennett Greenspan, Max Blankfeld, and Jim Warren[1]
Headquarters Houston, TX
Area served International
Products Autosomal DNA TestingmtDNA TestsY-SNP TestsY-STR Tests
Website familytreedna.com

Family Tree DNA is a division of Gene by Gene, a commercial genetic testing company based in Houston, Texas. Family Tree DNA offers analysis ofautosomal DNAY-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA to individuals for genealogical purposes.



The Kit.

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The Collection Method.


Like brushing one’s teeth!


The guys at Bunnings (a large hardware chain in Australia) had a go at testing it on their pool water testing machine.

The result:  I need chlorine and some stabiliser. It was 38 degrees centigrade in Perth today!

Any bets on me finding some famous skeletons in my cupboard? I will keep you posted!

0 Replies to “A Giant Leap for Mankind: My Small Step into Genealogical DNA!”

  1. Eli,
    You will love the results. Jill will be worried, when you get “into” pursuing all your matches on the Family Tree DNA website and then you’ll start to triangulate all the possibilities for each match! It’s way too much fun! Hope you both are well.

  2. I’m going to throw just a tiny bit of cold water on this, though I’ll be happy to have it warmed up by whatever happens when you get your results back, Eli. I did this, also via FTDNA, a few years ago, and have received information about more than 2,500 (!) people with whom I have, according to the DNA record, some significant genetic relationship. Although several dozen of these people are reported to be genetically similar enough to me to be my “second to fourth” cousins, there is not a single one of them who I can document through conventional genealogical methods as being that closely related to me (and after doing genealogy for about 20 years, I’m not a novice.) Not one of them whose family even comes from one of the same towns or villages my immigrant grandparents/great-grandparents did. So for me the genetic genealogy experiment, so far, has just reinforced what I already knew – that Ashkenazi Jews are tremendously endogamous; that is, they intermarried with each other and not with non-Ashkenazi “outsiders” for over a thousand years, and therefore share an extraordinary amount of DNA, much more than other population groups do who married more freely. I have learned, from receiving information about those several thousand other people, that I am a distant cousin of one (!) person I happen to know; and while I’m pleased that Bobby Pestronk and I have documented genetic commonalities, our common ancestor was probably more than ten generations in the past, beyond the probably reach of actual documentation. But other Jewish genetic genealogy explorers (a minority, particularly those from long and well-documented Rabbinic lines) have found the enterprise very useful. Maybe, Eli, you will be among that number – I hope so!

  3. Hi Steve
    Thanks for the response. You make several interesting points.
    I will wait to see what comes up. No expectations, Just experimenting!
    I am part of the Katzenellenbogen family tree, so the chances are good that I will connect.

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