You have seen on your CSI television shows that they have been able to PROVE DNA. If you see this in a family tree, PLEASE don't import those words. You can't prove parentage or DNA unless you have the "LIVE" data and we have only been able to capture and hopefully keep live data since the 1980s (well....The first recombinant DNA molecule was created by Paul Berg in 1972 when he combined DNA from the monkey virus SV40 with that of the lambda virus). http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/discovery-of-the-function-of-dna-resulted-6494318
I've actually seen an example of this in documentation and it makes me cringe: (not the real person)
Lady Jane Gray - DNA PROVEN
Bringing it down to the simplest common denominator, even two chocolate chip cookies can be different - one might have 10 more chips than the other - - We as laymen can look at DNA testing a little like that.
Have you seen the Ancestry.com commercial about the guy who always thought he was German - even to the point of learning folk dances dressed in Leidahosen? Then....he finds out that he is mostly Scottish. Who knew?
That is the tricky part of your Ancestry DNA testing. We are not all cut out of the same mold so to speak. Our pedigree looks like a cookie cutter with our brother, but you might have one DNA marker more or less turned on than your brother or sister. That might throw you a little closer to one nationality than the next.
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I'm a perfect example of this. All my life, our family stories were - "We came from 100 % Galway, Ireland on Dad's side and Mom's side was 100% Cherokee." So let's look at my pedigree JUST by the threads:
So I'm leaving out some info here - but when you drill back, the
By the information we found - I had no idea that I had German Ancestors, until I had done my Bavarian roots which extends to Scandanavia - on the Bower side....who knew! Those were some stories that did NOT get passed down. And what's this about my Grandparents on my Father's side living on the Choctaw reservation because of Grandpa Harris's ancestry???
From what I was able to glean is that nothing really replaces good research and taking the Saliva Test DNA just corroborates the BIG picture - not tiny details.
Grandpa C Ireland>>>>>>>>>>>IRELAND
Grandpa C Ireland
Grandma L Grandpa L>>>>>>>IRELAND
Dad England Ireland
Grandma H Grandpa H Grandpa H - CHOCTAW?
California Grandma E>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ENGLAND
Grandpa C GrandpaC>>>OK, CHEROKEE
Texas Texas - Walked the trail of tears
Grandma S Grandpa S>>>>>>>>>>> ENGLAND
Grandma B........................... GERMANY
So just to see if my research was on target, I took the Ancestry saliva test for 79.00 (special!) and It was a little different than I had long imagined!
You guessed it - All my life I thought I was 50% but my research proved that I was only 2% by my saliva. Now if my brother, who looks just like my Cherokee grandfather took the same test, he could have completely different results. His, I'll bet, would show a much higher Cherokee element.