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DNA tests - useful or irrelevant?

Postby Norfolk Nan » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:20 am

In a moment of festivity I bought a couple of these tests at Christmas as got the results back recently. Why did I do it? Purely because I wanted to say I had 'viking' ancestry. My husband claims clear Norman descent and I wanted to win in the argument 'My family has been here longer than yours'. The results were interesting. I am 100% British with regional connections from Devon, across the centre and up the east coast to Northumbria. I wasn't surprised based on the research I've done so far.

I'm not sure what I'll do with the data now, I'm not inclined to go looking for extended family. The test results cover ten generations which means around a thousand people - I'm working my way through populating the fifth and sixth generations with one line going back at least ten and another seven. The question is this: I have three brickwalls that might be resolved by including families from Ireland. Based on the results of the DNA test that makes no connection to Scotland, Wales or Ireland would it be fair to discard these possibilities? They would be in the fifth and sixth generations of a ten generation sweep. Any thoughts?
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Re: DNA tests - useful or irrelevant?

Postby Paparico » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:38 pm

ALWAYS go for the extended family! Every day, the odds increase that someone has already researched a sibling and posted their tree online!

Despite the climatic differences between Norfolk and Eire, your research has already uncovered relationships between the two, but remember to double-check the sources!
Aloha! Rico

n.b. I have posted thousands of Norfolk families on the free http://wikitree.com
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