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Amerijoe
12-04-2017, 07:04 PM
https://www.wired.com/story/ancestrys-genetic-testing-kits-are-heading-for-your-stocking-this-year/

C J Wyatt III
12-04-2017, 09:33 PM
Oh great!

Here in a few months we will have hundreds of thousands of new testees asking "why am I related to these people from Finland?" or "does having a Ashkenazi match mean that I am Jewish?".

The more, the merrier, I guess. Consumer genetic genealogy has become a big business.

Jack

gotten
12-04-2017, 09:36 PM
I hope that many will find their way to gedmatch. How many kits does ancestry have at the moment ? Around 6 or 7 million-ish?

Robert1
12-04-2017, 10:38 PM
Sounds like some of us will be getting nice Valentine's Day gifts, new DNA matches! (New test results should be coming in by then.)

RobinBMc
12-05-2017, 01:18 AM
I hope that many will find their way to gedmatch. How many kits does ancestry have at the moment ? Around 6 or 7 million-ish?

6 million, but with the holidays sales it'll probably be up to 7 soon: https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/about-ancestry/company-facts

leonardo
12-05-2017, 01:20 AM
Sounds like some of us will be getting nice Valentine's Day gifts, new DNA matches! (New test results should be coming in by then.)

That was my first thought: more matches, hopefully sizable and helpful in bringing down those walls in my family tree.

C J Wyatt III
12-05-2017, 09:10 PM
I wonder if these sort of numbers will exhaust the supply of the old Illumina chips and hasten the use of the new Global Screening Array chip?

I hope not.

Jack

ollie444
12-06-2017, 12:39 PM
6 million, but with the holidays sales it'll probably be up to 7 soon: https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/about-ancestry/company-facts

Anyone know how many of these kits are from the UK? 7 million tests and I only have a handful of green leaf matches.

RobinBMc
12-06-2017, 06:14 PM
Anyone know how many of these kits are from the UK? 7 million tests and I only have a handful of green leaf matches.

They don't seem to publicize that, but you might contact them and ask how many tests they've sold in the UK, they might be able to tell you.

fostert
12-07-2017, 12:25 AM
We adoptees who are looking for our biological family all win with this surge in sales. A bigger database can only help an adoptee's search. I would not have discovered my paternal father's birth parents without the huge database at Ancestry.

Petr
12-07-2017, 03:01 PM
Interesting is that at Ancestry I see much less DNA matches of the same quality than on FTDNA.

And in the first 2000 matches at GEDMATCH I see:

863 kits AncestryDNA
31 kits MyHeritage
525 kits 23andMe
568 kits FTDNA

FionnSneachta
12-07-2017, 07:55 PM
Interesting is that at Ancestry I see much less DNA matches of the same quality than on FTDNA.

And in the first 2000 matches at GEDMATCH I see:

863 kits AncestryDNA
31 kits MyHeritage
525 kits 23andMe
568 kits FTDNA

It's the opposite for me. I think that it depends on your location. More Irish people seem to test with Ancestry than FTDNA. I only know the connection to one of my matches on FTDNA. He has also tested with Ancestry. He is a fourth cousin. He is my fifth highest match on FTDNA but doesn't even make it onto the first page of my Ancestry matches. I have 254 fourth cousins or closer on Ancestry with 5 in the 1st to 2nd cousin range and 9 3rd to 4th cousins. I have 10 2nd to 4th cousins on FTDNA but they don't actually seem to be that close.

In the first 2000 matches at GEDmatch I see:

1208 kits AncestryDNA
420 kits 23andMe
342 kits FTDNA
22 kits MyHeriatge

Like FTDNA, my fifth highest match on GEDmatch is my known 4th cousin so GEDmatch hasn't been that helpful for me in terms of connecting with people. In my experience, I've gained the most from Ancestry.

fostert
12-08-2017, 12:02 AM
Ironically, despite Ancestry's massive database, my "breakthrough" match came on FTDNA this past summer, leading directly to my grandmother. My match is in England; FTDNA does seem to have lot of customers there! Plus, I have found matches at FTDNA respond much more than Ancestry ones, who mostly are just interested in their ethnicity estimates (again, ironically the least reliable and most speculative aspect of DNA testing!).

A Norfolk L-M20
12-08-2017, 08:32 AM
Despite a public tree with 2,800 family members, including 296 direct ancestors, I get only 10 green leafs. How about other UK testers?

angscoire
12-08-2017, 10:06 AM
Despite a public tree with 2,800 family members, including 296 direct ancestors, I get only 10 green leafs. How about other UK testers?

I get 14 green leaves , but I have confirmed relationships with 20 matches , including several 6th cousins. This is out of 1,722 family members. Most helpfully, these 20 matches confirm all my countries/regions of known ancestry - Scotland , Ireland , North East England and Southern England .

Phoebe Watts
12-08-2017, 10:36 AM
Despite a public tree with 2,800 family members, including 296 direct ancestors, I get only 10 green leafs. How about other UK testers?

I have 14 leaves and ten of them are correct. I have only a skeleton tree with about 200 direct ancestors linked to my tree though.

Almost all my leaves seem to be based on previous contact - either an exchange of messages or "member connect" entries.

ollie444
12-08-2017, 11:17 AM
Despite a public tree with 2,800 family members, including 296 direct ancestors, I get only 10 green leafs. How about other UK testers?

I only get eight!

A Norfolk L-M20
12-08-2017, 11:34 AM
I saw a video, although it was a over a year ago, where Debbie Kennett, or one of her kits, only had two leafs (correct me if I'm wrong Debbie). I've seen USA testers with far, far, more leafs, suggesting that testing is still much more popular there.

@phoebe watts On what grounds did you eliminate four of your leafs?

A Norfolk L-M20
12-08-2017, 11:40 AM
Other than my ten leafs though, I do so far have a total of 24 matches, where a DNA match preduicted relationship correlates with a common ancestor on shared family trees. Of those, 21 were on Ancestry (10 leaf's plus a lot of corresponding and searching through DNA cousins and their trees), 2 were on GEDmatch, 1 was on FT-DNA. Nil from 23andme.

Wing Genealogist
12-08-2017, 12:01 PM
Being an American (and more importantly, descended primarily from Great Migration Colonists to New England, where in general records exist going back to the founding of the towns), I have been fortunate in being able to trace both my "paper-trail" genealogy, as well as receive a bountiful number of DNA matches.

My personal tree has 5,880 individuals (going back to the mid-Sixteenth Century), almost all of them my ancestors (I have not added siblings of my ancestors, but have added my ancestors other spouses, and some very limited information on my ex-wife's parentage). In addition, I currently have 476 Shared Ancestor Hints with my DNA matches and 706 persons whom Ancestry predicts are 4th cousins or closer.

I have been able to verify my ancestral links with virtually all of my shared matches. The biggest exception is with folks who have "Private" family trees (so I cannot see the match). There are also a couple of matches where Ancestry has incorrectly stated the common ancestor with my matches (as we had two contemporary individuals with the same name).

I have also been able to find common ancestry with a number of folks even when the individual has not documented their own line to our common ancestor. I have created a number of other family trees to assist with this process (such as one for a remote location where my mother' family was from, and another from a couple of related families who have done quite a bit of DNA testing).

I currently have 18 DNA circles, which includes 2nd, 3rd & 4th Great grandparents. Some of these circles have as few as 4 members, and the largest one contains 19 members. What I find interesting with the circles is that the number of members in a circle sometimes vary for a husband and a wife. For instance, for my largest match (19 members), Ancestry only picks up 16 of them for his wife (and they were both only married once).

Since my "paper-trail" genealogy is virtually complete, the "New Ancestor Discoveries" for me are all false matches. Ancestry lists four of these false discoveries with one couple and two more men. While I am a DNA match to multiple people who belong to the DNA circles for these individuals, my common ancestry with them is from another line.

Phoebe Watts
12-08-2017, 01:05 PM
@phoebe watts On what grounds did you eliminate four of your leafs?

Contemporary individuals with similar names. Ancestry's hints don't really work well for those of us with family trees full of common surnames and forenames. Oddly enough all four matches are to the same couple, my 4 x great grandparents John Davies and Ann Davies (nee Davies). I have four DNA matches known to be through them and they account for two correct leaves. The four incorrect hints point to couples where one of the forenames is different. They all live in roughly the same area.

Only three of the correct leaves involve other UK testers.

angscoire
12-08-2017, 04:11 PM
Being an American (and more importantly, descended primarily from Great Migration Colonists to New England, where in general records exist going back to the founding of the towns), I have been fortunate in being able to trace both my "paper-trail" genealogy, as well as receive a bountiful number of DNA matches.

My personal tree has 5,880 individuals (going back to the mid-Sixteenth Century), almost all of them my ancestors (I have not added siblings of my ancestors, but have added my ancestors other spouses, and some very limited information on my ex-wife's parentage). In addition, I currently have 476 Shared Ancestor Hints with my DNA matches and 706 persons whom Ancestry predicts are 4th cousins or closer.

I have been able to verify my ancestral links with virtually all of my shared matches. The biggest exception is with folks who have "Private" family trees (so I cannot see the match). There are also a couple of matches where Ancestry has incorrectly stated the common ancestor with my matches (as we had two contemporary individuals with the same name).

I have also been able to find common ancestry with a number of folks even when the individual has not documented their own line to our common ancestor. I have created a number of other family trees to assist with this process (such as one for a remote location where my mother' family was from, and another from a couple of related families who have done quite a bit of DNA testing).

I currently have 18 DNA circles, which includes 2nd, 3rd & 4th Great grandparents. Some of these circles have as few as 4 members, and the largest one contains 19 members. What I find interesting with the circles is that the number of members in a circle sometimes vary for a husband and a wife. For instance, for my largest match (19 members), Ancestry only picks up 16 of them for his wife (and they were both only married once).

Since my "paper-trail" genealogy is virtually complete, the "New Ancestor Discoveries" for me are all false matches. Ancestry lists four of these false discoveries with one couple and two more men. While I am a DNA match to multiple people who belong to the DNA circles for these individuals, my common ancestry with them is from another line.

It seems US members have a distinct advantage over us Brits !

FionnSneachta
12-08-2017, 08:57 PM
I only have 2 shared ancestor hints but I only have a skeleton public tree. I also know that my ancestors are in other trees but for some reason it hasn't been picked up. I have no DNA circles. I haven't found those to be very useful for me and I usually just look at each match individually to determine the possible connection. These things do seem to be a great help to Americans by the looks of it though from previous posts. Like that, most of the people that I've found a connection with are from America rather than Ireland.

Nqp15hhu
12-08-2017, 09:30 PM
Few changes in my Ancestry tree.