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  • Comparing FTDNA & Ancestry Y DNA results

    What should I look for in comparing FTDNA Y DNA results with Ancestry’s Y DNA results?

    My Y-DNA37 results weren’t very helpful. There are four earliest known ancestors at 37 markers, but all are at a distance of four, and there are no common surnames. However surnames aren’t necessarily meaningful because there is evidence that my paternal grandfather wasn’t really my father’s father, and a question has arisen just recently about my own father’s paternity (he was born in 1915 and is deceased).

    A g-g-g-grandson of my g-g-grandfather did an Ancestry Y DNA test when Ancestry was doing them. I’m thinking that comparing his results with mine might be a good place to start, if he’s willing to share (he keeps his genealogy tree on Ancestry private). Does this seem like a sensible place to start? (I’m just starting to learn about DNA). If so, what should I ask him to share with me, and what should I be looking for? I’ll of course offer to share my results with him.

    I’ll appreciate any guidance. I’m still pretty new to this.

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    Yes it would be worth checking out, just keep in mind you will need to convert some of the Ancestry markers. See:
    http://dgmweb.net/DNA/General/ADNA_FTDNA.html

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    • #3
      Thanks. That looks like it should help. I'll ask him about exchanging our Y DNA results. Hopefully he'll agree. If he does, I'm sure I'll be back here for guidance. I've been really busy with work and haven't had time to delve into learning DNA the way I need to, but I'm desperate for answers to these questions about my grandfather and grandfather.

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      • #4
        The man with Ancestry's Y-DNA results can transfer it to FTDNA. See https://www.familytreedna.com/landin...-transfer.aspx

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jim Barrett View Post
          The man with Ancestry's Y-DNA results can transfer it to FTDNA. See https://www.familytreedna.com/landin...-transfer.aspx
          Thanks for the suggestion. It makes sense. I'll mention it to him.

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          • #6
            Several years ago I compared my YDNA test to Ancestry and found a man with the same surname. I think our common ancestor was my 5th or 6th great-grandfather. We were Facebook friends for a while. His son is a musician and I think I have one of his CDs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jim Barrett View Post
              The man with Ancestry's Y-DNA results can transfer it to FTDNA
              Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be interested, so I'll have to do it the hard way and start seriously learning about DNA. I don't have time right away, but have put it on my to do list.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DigitalDragon View Post
                Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be interested, so I'll have to do it the hard way and start seriously learning about DNA. I don't have time right away, but have put it on my to do list.
                He doesn't need to transfer to FTDNA for you to compare just have him send you a copy of the results through email. You don't need to learn anything to compare, each marker has a name. So marker 393 read what is in his box and compare to your results for marker 393 etc. There are a few markers that you need to convert using the link I posted before. If you don't know what to do just copy his results and your results to this thread and somebody will help you.

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