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White Roach
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Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
I don't know anything about the various tests out there besides a few names. Is one head and shoulders above the others? Are there any that should steered clear of?

I'm getting emails from National Geographic about a sale on their "best selling" kit, called Geno 2.0, for $69.95. Have any OTers used Nat Geo's kit? Were you satisfied with what you got for your money?


High C
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
Don't do it, man. They're just collecting your genetic information to use against you in some way.


Evil Little Thing
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I got mine through 23andme. My siblings used ancestry.com. Any of them are fine. They should all provide you with your raw DNA file, which you can run through other sites to corroborate or gain more insight.


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JetsetNuggs
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
According to that douche in Texas, not the one that says you're white.


kingbob
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TIGER2
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
Be prepared to have shared DNA of people you have hated and or looked down upon your entire life. It happens all the time.


Evil Little Thing
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Be prepared to have shared DNA of people you have hated and or looked down upon your entire life. It happens all the time.


Right? fricking Britons are like 3/4 of my DNA.


Itismemc
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LA
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
What’s the payoff.....
Back in my day we were just happy with our coat of arms


White Roach
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According to that douche in Texas, not the one that says you're white.


I don't need a DNA test to know I'm white. We have a bunch of blond, blue eyed, pasty skinned Irish/German people in my family and I'm one of them.


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CAD703X
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
ancestry.com DNA kits were $55 on black monday at amazon. i got 3.
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White Roach
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
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Be prepared to have shared DNA of people you have hated and or looked down upon your entire life. It happens all the time.


My aunt got results that said she was Greek and Italian. She's pissed! Of course she's been told her entire life that she's Irish/German with some French from her father's side and she's a 5'-10" green eyed blonde. So the Greek/Italian results were rather surprising.


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White Roach
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quote: Be prepared to have shared DNA of people you have hated and or looked down upon your entire life. It happens all the time.

Right? fricking Britons are like 3/4 of my DNA.


If I'm 3/4 British, it's a good thing my paternal grandmother, Peggy O'Neill, is dead. She'd disown me for being a Brit, although it would be pretty hysterical to see her reaction. She'd definitely blame my maternal ancestors.


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White Roach
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ancestry.com DNA kits were $55 on black monday at amazon. i got 3.


Thanks. I'll check them out and see if they're still on sale.


FreeState
Member since Jun 2012
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I am a genealogy junkie as are several cousins and relatives so we did all three of the majors: Ancestry.com, 23andme, and FTDNA.

Our reasoning was that different folks my only use one and we wanted a broad search to catch every clue we could due to several immigrant ancestors we did not know much about.

If you're only wanting to know your percentages of origin, or locate a handful of cousins, or even disprove Uncle Ray who shows up drunk at Thanksgiving, Ancestry.com is pretty decent.

23andme does a lot of health research, etc., too.


White Roach
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Don't do it, man. They're just collecting your genetic information to use against you in some way.


I'm no conspiracy theorist by a long shot, but that thought has crossed my mind. I'm already walking around with a GPS tracking device that I paid Apple too much for.

I've made it this far in life without killing anyone, but I'm a never say never kind of guy. If I feel compelled to kill a motherfricker someday, I don't need to give law enforcement a head start on their investigation.


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Restomod
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Government's attempt to mass collect DNA on its citizens...

Don't do it.


White Roach
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
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I am a genealogy junkie as are several cousins and relatives so we did all three of the majors: Ancestry.com, 23andme, and FTDNA.

Our reasoning was that different folks my only use one and we wanted a broad search to catch every clue we could due to several immigrant ancestors we did not know much about.

If you're only wanting to know your percentages of origin, or locate a handful of cousins, or even disprove Uncle Ray who shows up drunk at Thanksgiving, Ancestry.com is pretty decent.

23andme.com does a lot of health research, etc., too.


One of my brothers and two of my cousins are the worthy keepers of the family tree. Primarily, I'm just curious about the country/region percentages. My aunt's Greek/Italian results have me wondering.


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White Roach
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Government's attempt to mass collect DNA on its citizens...

Don't do it.


I'm already on their radar. Years ago, in a moment of philanthropic weakness, I registered as a bone marrow donor. My DNA has been in a medical registry for at least 10 years.
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Mung
LSU Fan
NorCal
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
i did the MyHeritage test, and boought several for family members. Also bought a 23andme test for Dad. His test had way more bells and whistles for a similar price, but doesn't automatically load to my genealogy website.

BTW, I'm 0.8% eskimo/inuit. Suckit white people!


starsandstripes
Army Fan
Georgia
Member since Nov 2017
10336 posts

re: Genealogy DNA Tests: Best Kits?
Total waste of money. Seriously. Nothing about this stuff will change your life or even be worth knowing.

Who cares if 24% of your DNA is country x or y or whatever - you're an American. That's as good as it gets.


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