Oh I like that one, much nicer way of saying it
I'll just throw it out there that I match with my paternal half-uncle at 950cMs. And my dad was definitely the result of a NPE (they're siblings through his bio father).
I advised my mom to buy my grandfather a comprehensive Y test since he's 91 years old and the last male in his line (he had only daughters and has no living male cousins from a paternal uncle). His paternal line goes back to Donegal according to the records, so we'll see if the haplogroup goes along with that.
Hey all, myself and mrs judeboy treated ourselves to dna kits we sent them off Wednesday, ill be back in 6-8 weeks with plenty of questions as my paternal line has a massive black hole in it and it's a taboo issue with my auld fella and his siblings.
Which company did you test with?
ancestry as there was deal on for 2packs lol. It was herself that got them so I'm not going to point out any obvious deficiencies. I'm assuming ftdna probably better for paternal via y-chromosome analysis?
Ancestry started testing my mum's kit on 20 Dec and they finished on the 29 Dec so if you tested with them it might come back quicker than expected. She got 98% Irish. It was interesting going through her matches since a man from town came up as a 4th cousin that we had no known connection to.
I personally prefer Ancestry for autosomal testing since it shows shared matches which can be helpful and I find the online trees easier to view. If you want to just look at the paternal line or maternal line, then FTDNA is the way to go for that.
Ancestry doesn't do Y testing, just autosomal.
If you have tested with ancestry and are curious about your Y-DNA haplogroup, there are a few ways to get somewhat accurate information from your raw AncestryDNA results (but not on the Ancestry site). But obviously its better to do the dedicated test at FTDNA to learn more about your Y results.
I personally like the fact that Ancestry can be transferred to GEDmatch and FTDNA, and that there are way more trees (and matches) to work with on Ancestry vs. The rest.
For autosomal tests I dont think you can look past AncestryDNA, and it is improving all the time e.g. genetic communities. Theoretically, the more people that test, the more refined the Genetic Communities could get, which is exciting!
How far back is the black hole? From my experience you may have higher chances of solving it (depending on how recent it is) with an autosomal test versus a Y test. There are much less matches for Y tests, hardly any trees, and very few close matches to work with (unless you're American with colonial ancestry). Just my tuppence worth
Saw FB posts this morning from people reporting their MyHeritage matches had skyrocketed to thousands. I checked mine - I've gone from 8 to 870. As I'm the sceptical type I'm trying to figure out if they're spoofing or if they've genuinely fixed issues with their algorithms.
New blog post by MyHeritage, which includes a detailed explanation of why there are more matches:
The part of the Y chromosome that contains the snp's may have been covered in the test but they may not report on it (I have a feeling that they do offer Y Haplogroup tests). Your haplogroup is determined by a specific mutations and if you know what to look for, you may be able to determine it.
I have over 3,000 matches there now. When I first uploaded to it I had matches that were not related, but they fixed that.