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    Lightbulb Picking projects

    You know how some people put the Y-DNA of their other relatives in their signature? I have too many to fit! I use Ancestry data and FTDNA projects to get STRs and SNPs for every surname in my family tree, and the results are not too shabby! I call the method, "picking projects."

    Here's a link to a copy of my spreadsheet:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    The notes on the headers explain what each column means. Changed some of the more revealing stuff but everything important is here.

    Here to answer any questions. If you have similar research, post it in here! Open to new approaches and formats!
    Last edited by sheepslayer; 09-02-2019 at 09:03 PM. Reason: conciseness
    Most of my family is from Tennessee, though a few of my ancestors are from adjacent areas of North Carolina and Georgia. My paternal line is positive for Z30682, underneath J-Z7671 and Y11200.

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    How do you know those are the y haplogroups of actual relatives of yours? You have that many known relatives who have tested?

    If so, you are fortunate indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    How do you know those are the y haplogroups of actual relatives of yours? You have that many known relatives who have tested?

    If so, you are fortunate indeed.
    The root process at hand here is searching (Ctrl + F) FTDNA Y projects for names in your family tree. First thing I did was get a list of every surname in my family tree (and where in the tree I found them). Then I slowly searched FTDNA for every relevant project, and so on...

    My method for search criteria within each project usually goes like this:
    1. The year the ancestor was born
    2. The first name and middle name of said ancestor
    3. The lone first name of said ancestor
    4. If the ancestor's family gathered near a certain county or city, that location
    5. The year the ancestor died


    If I can't match any of those data points to one person, I use Ancestry member trees to research the fathers (and sometimes brothers, cousins) of my ancestor. You end up sacrificing a little trust but that's why I make sure to point out which data is "verified." If I have to rely on member trees the "Relationship" field changes to "dubious."

    I guess the key principle here is that I end up finding the Y-DNA relevant to rather distant ancestors of mine, but just as relevant to me, too
    Most of my family is from Tennessee, though a few of my ancestors are from adjacent areas of North Carolina and Georgia. My paternal line is positive for Z30682, underneath J-Z7671 and Y11200.

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