USING DNA TO UNDERSTAND OUR FAMILY HISTORY
|Lindsey L. Heard with Grandson|
Dedication – This Blog is dedicated to LINDSEY L. HEARD. Lindsey was the youngest, and last survivor of the 12 children of James Addison Heard and Clora Frances Nolen Heard. He passed away on Dec. 26, 2016, after spending a final Christmas surrounded by his loving family. In the last year of his life, he participated in Y-DNA and autosomal DNA testing with Family Tree DNA, leaving all of our Heard Family a final gift. He was a dear, gentle, loving man, who embodied the Christian ideal, and set an example for all of us.
Introduction -- This Report is divided into sections. The first three discuss basics of DNA and DNA testing, with examples from our families. The initial sections discuss Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, Autosomal DNA, and X-DNA. They also cover the three major DNA genealogical testing companies (Ancestry DNA; Family Tree DNA; and 23 and Me), and the pros and cons of the services offered. Finally, the services of GEDMATCH are discussed.
The remaining sections discuss specifics of DNA tests in which our family is participating. Studies and matches within each family are discussed separately for the convenience of readers.
QUESTIONS NOW PLEASE
For the past several days, I have been working – writing this blog as described above. I was about half through when I realized that I really needed some direction from the future readers of this blog. I NEED YOUR QUESTIONS. I can cover the basics, but after that, I really need to know WHAT YOU MOST WANT TO KNOW. Therefore, while I finish writing the basics, I am hoping some of you will send me questions; either on this blog, on FaceBook, or by email to email@example.com. I will be posting the rest of the blog by early next week, so sent those QUESTIONS NOW.