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  • #16
    Originally posted by jova99 View Post
    only 1 of my 21 matches at 67 markers has taken the Big Y
    and just 15% of the members of my haplogroup project have taken the Big Y

    it seems we need to get significantly more people to take the Big Y to learn more about the distribution in Europe 2,000 years ago

    So far less than 10,000 people in the world have done the Big Y test, most of them are Americans. Once we get 100,000 people tested for the Big Y we will have a much deeper understanding of the various haplogroups and where they originated. I assume we could get to the 100,000 Big Y test results when the price falls below $199. May take another decade.
    There are over 100K genomes completed but the results are buried in various insurance, pharma, and government health projects.

    Technically the Big-Y test is a band-aid to defaulting to whole genome tests. Big-Y's attraction remains its price point but with it one is also compromising coverage, identification of additional novels, and some additional errors when the results are converted to new reference builds of the genome. This year we have sub-$900 whole genome results which provide better results than Big-Y. We should hope that FTDNA can develop a product/collaboration that will address the technical gaps present with BIg-Y and also be at a competitive price point which draws more testers to it.

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    • #17
      When I took the yDNA111 test it didn't give me enough information. I took the AncestryDNA test and you could see in my genes the Greek and Roman invasions. Taking the BigY I hope will help me pinpoint these events. At least that is what I am hoping. Hopefully someone can let me know what to expect from my results.
      Rich

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      • #18
        If one has a sample already in ftdna can it be used ?..........or does a new sample need to be given to test for Big Y

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Bartot View Post
          If one has a sample already in ftdna can it be used ?..........or does a new sample need to be given to test for Big Y
          It depends.

          I had twice encountered a situation that a new collection kit was sent out to the testers who submitted their DNA in 2011 (and FTDNA was asking for 3 vials back then). They only had Y-DNA67 and Family Finder tests done from the original samples.

          For those three members of my family who submitted their DNA in the last 3 years, Big Y was done after Y-DNA67, Family Finder and full mtDNA all from the original samples.


          Your mileage may vary, as quality of the collected DNA samples can vary.


          Mr W
          Last edited by dna; 18 September 2016, 05:22 PM.

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          • #20
            A majority of the time a new sample is not needed.

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            • #21
              Big Y?

              I've done the 111 marker Y test and haven't got any great results yet and it's been over a year now. We're trying to determine my father's paternal history which is a complete mystery. Can anyone tell me if it would be worth it to do the Big Y test? It's pretty costly so I want to know more about what it offers that is different than the 111 marker test. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm very new at this!

              Thank you!
              ~Rachel

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              • #22
                Originally posted by rachelveit View Post
                I've done the 111 marker Y test and haven't got any great results yet and it's been over a year now. We're trying to determine my father's paternal history which is a complete mystery. Can anyone tell me if it would be worth it to do the Big Y test? It's pretty costly so I want to know more about what it offers that is different than the 111 marker test. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm very new at this!

                Thank you!
                ~Rachel
                My experience is that the BigY test is more for advanced research. I did it before I knew who my father was and it did not help me learn anything pertinent to my search, but I knew it wouldn't, I just do lots of different tests for my own research and study.

                What I don't know is whether you know anything of your father's line or not. If he was adopted for example, the BigY would not help you at all. Family Finder and similar tests from other companies would be more appropriate.

                I found my father strictly using tests like Family Finder. Y DNA did not help at all because there are not enough people in the database that match my particular surname lineage.

                I hope that helps. If you want to elaborate more about your search for your father's lineage maybe that would help to answer in more detail.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Armando View Post
                  A majority of the time a new sample is not needed.
                  Thanks

                  I got a reply from ftdna, they checked my sample and stated I have 2 unused samples remaining

                  This means my total amount of tests I can do with my initial sample is six

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