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Mike Power

Member Since 13 Dec 2008
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In Topic: DNA Testing - What Company's Results are most Compatible with RM?

21 May 2015 - 10:20 PM

I've decided to run with what seems to be the most popular (and cheapest) product- the test offered by 23andMe.


I'll see how that goes and then, perhaps, consider the more comprehensive (and expensive) Y-STR and mtDNA tests offered by FamilyTreeDNA.


I thought of posting on the Wish List the suggestion that provision be added, either to the existing DNA fact or as a separate fact, to record results of  Autosomal DNA testing ie, what's call variously:

  • Ethnic Percentages Including any Neanderthal component;
  • Maternal and paternal lineages; 
  • Ancestry composition. 

Any thoughts on this or suggestions how it could be done best ?

In Topic: DNA

09 May 2015 - 11:13 PM

See Mike's duplicate topic on the Discussion board.



Thanks Laura


I've been away and, yes, all the discussion is on the RM7 forum. I've responded to "austrian_genealogy's " question on that.


As far as I can tell there isn't a central "General Discussion" point on the RM forum; instead there is one for each version of the program.



In Topic: DNA Testing - What Company's Results are most Compatible with RM?

09 May 2015 - 09:34 PM


Pardon the delay in following up but I have been away for a while.


I think we all owe a debt to Romer for his comprehensive overview. I agree, totally, with his comment that "Genetic genealogy is much more difficult than the companies would have you believe..."


Since my original post I've discovered the site for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) : http://www.isogg.org...ki_Welcome_Page


Under the section "Explore the ISOGG Wiki" `~ " DNA tests" are links to a number of useful articles in particular comparative charts for the various tests.

·         I assume that these are accurate and current.


I've also found the following to be of basic assistance: https://familysearch...Testing_Company


This portal contains links to a series of articles by a Ce Ce Moore "DNA Testing for Genealogy - Getting Started"

These, too, are a great introduction to the subject.





Hi Mike,


do you have a special purpose for being tested (i.e. breaking through a brick wall) or is it just to get filled the data fields provided by RM?

Check, if the value a test adds to your research is worth the money.



The answer is "both".  I can only trace my name line back to my great-grandfather so a test to uncover cousins from my Power family could be of great benefit.


But I also want to leave a genetic "signpost" for future generations - evidence that can tell relatives (close or removed) in the future who I am genetically. My assumption until recently has been that completed mtDNA and Y-STR data in RM would provide this.


I now realise that  as well as the provisions within RM, DNA testing companies themselves provide the "Ark" to (hopefully) carry this information forward.



Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” 
Alice― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

In Topic: DNA Testing - What Company's Results are most Compatible with RM?

15 April 2015 - 12:57 AM

Thanks for those references Bob.


I've realised that by posting to the RM7 forum I've probably limited my chances of getting a response to my specific query. I'm going to post to the "General" forum as well.


I tried using the Forum search facility to suss out any other posts on DNA (Content Type "Forums" - with only one result.


Googling "RootsMagis Forums + DNA" revealed a number of earlier posts. None of these, however, provide me with any assistance.