Today, another group from the DNAeXplained archives. This time, we’ll be looking at Intermediate DNA. The various categories are:
- Historical or Obsolete – these are items that were interesting at the time by aren’t really relevant today – except in a historical context. An example would be the announcement of the Genographic 2 project in July of 2012. You may wonder why I didn’t delete these. Looking back, these are somewhat like a genetic genealogy journal.
- General Information – these are generally articles about DNA and genealogy. They don’t presume that you’re actually working with the results.
- Basic Education – this may be basic genealogy or basic DNA fundamentals. These articles provide a foundation for working with your results. Think of it as pre-bootcamp.
- Introductory DNA – these articles do presume you are working with your results. Bootcamp begins here.
- Intermediate DNA – these topics are a little more challenging and you’ll probably need the basics and introductory understanding to be able to work at this level.
- Advanced DNA – very few articles are advanced. In fact, I try very hard to avoid this, when possible. Mostly, these have to do with advanced autosomal techniques and research.
- Examples – these are examples of using genealogy and DNA together seamlessly. My 52 Ancestors stories fall into this category. Think of these as story problems that include the answers!
- Educational – educational opportunities such as classes, books and videos.
- Entertainment – just for fun, like the Who Do You Think You Are series, some of these have no DNA content.
- Project Administration – articles written for project administrators at Family Tree DNA. Project administrators, of course, will be interested in all of the rest.
- In the past we’ve covered Historical, General Information, Basic Education and Introductory DNA. Today, let’s look at Intermediate DNA.
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If my paternal gg grandmother was Native American or part would it show
Probably, but she may have been admixed, so the real answer is “it depends.”
Reading through the old entries, I snatched your and your mother’s gedmatch kit numbers, which I am playing with right now. If I set the parameters low enough, the three of us become matches, even X matches! (I’m F429545, if you want to play too)
But more seriously, at which point does it become genealogically relevant?
Well, it depends. If there is a know relative, I tend to give smaller matches more credence. I’m always suspicious of X matches.
Hi Roberta: I hope you are checking your comments even from old postings…
For some reason, I don’t know why, I offered to speak to a local genealogy group (in a retirement community of AZ) about DNA. I’ve never met these ppl before as I have just recently moved to the community. I’ve ONLY been doing genetic genealogy for 2 years….and even 2 years still leaves most of us in the beginners category.
I remember some of the beginners material that I read that provided the standard graph of stick figures…..male on one side (the left) and females (on the right) showing how DNA is traced through generations, from oneself through their parents….and so on on. I really feel that 20-30 minutes is enough for them…..and me.
Can you offer me a link to the diagram that I have referred to …. and do you have any suggestions? I follow your articles ….well I was going to say religiously, but I’m not religious… and find them interesting and helpful…most of the time. However, as an adoptee, with NO birth family info, I cull the articles for information helpful to me.
That being said, when I speak to this group, I will only be addressing that problem briefly….
Here’s the kicker…..I meet with their group facilitator on Monday, Oct 26 and meet with the group on Nov 12…..
I am not doing any kind of a computer generated visual presentation but some handouts should be a started……Oh goodness, I hope that I haven’t gotten in over my head…..I was a university lecturer at one time, I have also spoken at Lifelong Learners groups so I have discovered to get to the point of the subject and keep it short.
P.S.: on FtDNA FF I have just had a match appear whose account is handled by you…..but a very distant cousin.
These aren’t stick figures but this is my “basic article” that I send people to when they need an explanation of the three types of DNA testing one can do.
Feel free to print it or use any part of it, just credit the blog.
Thanks Roberta….but don’t I remember you posting a beginners guide…somewhere?
And by stick figures, I meant the old tried and true graphic that shows one person/figure at the bottom that expands upward to parents and then splits to paternal g’parents on left and maternal g’parents little male and female figures on right…..I was thinking that has always been a good visual to use for seeing how DNA descends on both sides…..and meeting in the one person….you/me?!?
Yes, here’s introductory – http://dna-explained.com/2015/10/01/dnaexplain-archives-introductory-dna/
Here’s basics – http://dna-explained.com/2015/09/20/dnaexplain-archives-basic-education-articles/
I recall seeing a stick figure chart, but I don’t think I’ve used one.
‘Stick figures’….probably the result of a combination of information sources over the years….I’ve found Kelly Wheaton’s site and set of Lessons….and she has a really good Lesson 5 showing the double helix, the DNA in the cells etc…..I’ve emailed her a request to use that Lesson…..but I’m not sure how and if I can copy the clipart.jpg features…..I’ve asked her about that too.
I’ll be sure to include your blog and her sources for those who may be interested.
Thanks for your continuing education of those of us who are still stumbling around in the dark….I particularly like hearing of your personal experiences……not really close to where I am looking (strictly in Canada…namely Quebec….the horror pit of all genealogical research) but interesting
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