Friday, March 19, 2010

DNA Primer

Primer with Mavis of Georgia Black Cracker
and Tips from Miriam,
AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors

At the Morris family reunion of 2007 in Las Vegas, I revealed the results of our DNA test. In doing so, I created a power point slide show, to explain the importance, relevance and meaning of our Family Tree DNA Certificate. I only wish then, I had Mavis Jones’, author of Georgia Black Cracker, post entitled Ancestral DNA of 17 March 2010.

In this posts, Mavis gives an easy to read explanation of “three basic types of testing with regard to ancestral DNA – yDNA, mtDNA and autosomal (admixture).”

To compliment the Georgia Black Cracker DNA post, Frugal Genealogy: DNA Testing, authored by Miriam Robbins Midkiff on her blog AnceStories: Stories of My Ancestors , gives us tips on “the most frugal way to do testing.” This 16 March, 2010 post is a part of her “Frugal Genealogy, or How Not to Spend a Fortune on Your Family Tree” series. Be sure to read the comments and answers section, as they too are informative on the DNA testing process.

Accurate, Accessible Answers


  1. DNA testing is a mystery and I know of few that really did not have a clue as to how to go about it. Frugal Genealogy makse some very good points on what to do and what not to do as this could turn into one big and expensive bill.

  2. Kathleen,

    Thanks for the Follow Friday mention. I find the ancestral DNA subject fascinating. I also plan to reference Miriam's blog when I get to that point of my little mini series.