Fair call, Stephen
In New Zealand, Ancestry.com
adverts promote on 'Ethnicity'. While
cousins, family & 'your story' are given high profile, there appears to be
no indications that genealogical pursuits are satisfied to some, any or no
And Yes, the American population do have a preponderance of participants.
Is that because we Europeans are more conservative? Reticent? More 'worth
Autosomal matches are essentially of documented cousins to only 7 or so
generations, typically. These provide by documentation our ethnicity. This
I term "_ Living memory_". In that respect, you are correct - gap filling.
Beyond that I consider old world or ancient ethnicity. There is a lot of
reading to be had about the timeline of our DNA ethnicity. Haplogroups and
AND, given there is only about 15 million people of a global population DNA
tested in the public arena, our chances of finding close family we don't
know about are remote. - close as in 5, 6, 7 or 8th cousins.
You say two of the tests would be repeated. Have you done Y-111 with FTDNA?
You say 98% European. Hmmmm. Given the recent 4000 years of European &
British Isles history, it is a pretty broad brush. For instance, the Romans
must have left evidence behind! Then there are French & Spanish folk doing
their bit in your great land 8 centuries ago. My Scottish & Irish roots are
in the earths of the Vikings, Norse and other Scandinavians. (Jutes, Saxons
and Angles). See <
em%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F&showPrintDialog=1 >. I find some of the
depictions of European History, including my own English, Hampshire rots,
fascinating. We are looking more & more at the Sky History Channel, along
with other BBC articles.
Cheers for now,
From: Stephen Steere via STEER [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:44 PM
Cc: Stephen Steere <steere.genealogy(a)ntlworld.com>
Subject: [STEER] Re: Gedmatch uploaded
My FTDNA Kit no is 351678.
As to LivingDNA two of the tests would just be a repeat of what I've already
tested on. My own view on Autosomal testing is that is just an aid to
finding cousins and filling the gap where documentation is lacking. FTDNA
tells me I am 98% European, well up to Brexit anyway :), any reference to
county of origin would only be accurate I think if many more of the
population was tested, and then how far back. I think there is a lot of
marketing hype on Autosomal testing to pull in the money especially from
You may have to wait another day or so before my results on Gedmatch are
available to search on, other than a one to one comparison. As yet my nephew
has not uploaded his results.
I have no trace in any of my families to the West Country, though we are
strong in Hampshire and some from Wiltshire.
1. Gedmatch uploaded (Stephen Steere)
2. Re: Gedmatch uploaded (Barry PYCROFT)
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:30:05 +0100
From: "Stephen Steere" <steere.genealogy(a)ntlworld.com>
Subject: [STEER] Gedmatch uploaded
FTDNA informed me today that my Autosomal results are now available to view.
I looked at the first couple of hundred matches but only saw one surname
from my extended family tree and no Steer(e)'s.
I uploaded the data to Gedmatch, and picked the wrong one from my download
list (doh), I put on the 37 and got Kit number T527008. Realising my error I
uploaded the 36 and got another kit number T790099.
It appears it will be a few days before I can any extended searches. I did
though put in Margaret's kit number and got a nothing shared result. I
changed the number from the default 7 to 5 but still no result.
I am almost 99% certain that my Steer(e)'s are from east Surrey so I hope I
eventually find a link to the local herd.
Out of interest I found that my nephew had tested on Ancestry and it raised
a match with me, despite Ancestry only having tested me Y-DNA (or did they
test Autosomal as well and hope I'll pay for it?). I have asked him to
upload to Gedmatch but he is a technophobe, had no previous real interest in
family history and only tested as it was a birthday present (!).
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:38:58 +1200
From: Barry PYCROFT <barry(a)pycroft.co.nz>
Subject: [STEER] Re: Gedmatch uploaded
Cc: 'Barry PYCROFT' <barry(a)pycroft.co.nz> Stephen, Hi Ancestry do
""LivingDNA"" in UK do all three (Y-DNA, atDNA, mtDNA) and provide a
precise location. This company will tell you where in England you hail
from. - I think?
You will need to wait a few days for all the analysers to do their work.
Unless you see a STEER surname in autosomal, (Family Finder in FTDNA) most
matches will be tested cousins only by other families in your tree..
New Matches will appear regularly for a while then taper off, updating for
new testers only.
For instance, I have the blood of STEER of Dartmouth in me through the
STEVENS family of St Just, but not in Y but all appear in my
83OUHqsGKyL-U7zHGVJ_R6LMdT520QemF-l7WrSR9Y&e= > & <
I will visit my GedMatch and plug both your ID in to the matrix and see
what appears. See mine there as T775786.
May I ask what your FTDNA Id is? That tells of the place in the database.
I presume you found your nephew's Ancestry match on Gedmatch?
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I hope this helps.
Christchurch, New Zealand.
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