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I've been having a ball tracking and triangulating Daniel cousins (I'm from the
Middlesex Daniel line) and making breakthroughs on my other surnames. The old colonial
segments are still showing up in all of us and cross matching, and they are proving
effective in their predictive ability for new matches.
It's not a case of an overall "project", but rather the groups you hook up
with because you match on some given segment(s) that may lead to a break on your guy. I
took over one of my surname yDNA projects that has an atDNA sub-project, there's no
real value to it. Autosomal work has to be done by you in terms of your own test results
and developing your specific pools of cousin matches.
The most useful site is gedmatch.com
- free to upload your results and incredibly powerful
tools (but do donate to keep it going and to get the even more powerful tools that will
help). A quick check of the trees currently show only three that name your Theophilus and
they differ on his parents, but it's a start.
A couple of current quick things, gedmatch is climbing back from massive growth and big
server changeovers, so some features can still be a bit unstable at times and they're
still fixing some features, but the basics are fine.
AND, you'll need to lower the thresholds when doing comparisons for the farther back
ancestors, gedmatch minimums are 7cM/700SNPs, but the really old DNA is seen at 500SNPs
and much lower cM size; I do 1cM just to see all the segments, you have to be careful with
segments smaller than 4-5cMs and really make sure they triangulate between matches, but
they actually work. It's all lots of work but tons of fun.
Pam in CA
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