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    Will You Take the AncestryDNA Test?

    Is anyone here interested in taking the AncestryDNA test, or has anyone already taken it?

    I've been looking at the sample results on blogs, and it looks like they have quite a few kinks to iron out. I probably won't get one, but I went ahead and put myself on the waiting list anyway to receive an email when kits are available.

    I wasn't the least bit interested before, but I saw this thread here (http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthre...-folks-in-2013) that Wing Genealogist made, announcing that AncestryDNA will offer raw data soon.

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    I had taken the test, basically because I was offered a low price, being in essence a beta tester for their product. I personally don't see all too much use in it (especially as it is now without access to the raw data), but Ancestry is the 500 lb gorilla in the genealogy market and that, along with eventual access to the raw data, may make a difference someday.

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    No, because I don't trust the motives of the company involved.

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    Probably, if they put a chromosome browser and raw data download into place and keep their costs low once the beta is over.

    But like GTC, I also have my reservations about some aspects of their privacy policy. I have tested multiple relatives with FTDNA and a few with 23andme, but would likely only test myself with Ancestry because of those policies, and because I have now been able to map a fair bit out thanks to those multiple relatives tested.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing Genealogist View Post
    I had taken the test, basically because I was offered a low price, being in essence a beta tester for their product. I personally don't see all too much use in it (especially as it is now without access to the raw data), but Ancestry is the 500 lb gorilla in the genealogy market and that, along with eventual access to the raw data, may make a difference someday.
    What were your results? Did they match up with your known ancestry? From the results I saw on blogs, it looked like they grossly overestimate Scandinavian ancestry. I also saw where a 100% German person got something like 90% British.

    The good thing about the test, though, is that it looks promising to me. Assuming they continue to update results for free, of course, when/if they get more accurate.

    I got an email from Ancestry.com on Tuesday with an invite code to buy the test for $99. It only took them 2 days to send the invite after I signed up for the wait list....MUCH less time than I'd expected. The way they were talking, I thought it would take about a month or so. I think I'll have to let it expire, anyway, because I don't have any money to burn this month. Too bad.

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    To be honest, I really haven't worked all that much with my autosomal DNA. I do see where my AncestryDNA results likely does overestimate my Scandinavian ancestry (where it shows me as 39% with the rest being British Isles). I do like how you can attach your family tree to the DNA results, and the potential to help find out where DNA matches originated, but it appears my colonial New England ancestry was far too inter-related to ever rely on an automated process.

    AncestryDNA's recent announcement that they will be allowing us customers access to the raw data will certainly make their results much more meaningful.

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    Ancestry are offering ancestryDNA online for subscribers, US only, for $129.00.
    I wonder whne they will offer it to those of us not in the US and what postage they will offer.
    (23 and me wanted 70.00 for postage to Australia. What a rip off.)

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    Are they checking credit cards to make sure they are US-issued? Or could you use a remailing service?
     

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    I didnt get to the payment stage, I entered the mailing address and when I proceeded to the next stage it kept coming up as an error with the address.
    I eventually found in the small print that it is only open to the US.

    Maybe oneday they will open it to other countires, but at the moment there is not point me testing if I will only be compared with Americans.
    My family are recently from Europe and the UK, so I wouldnt find many close matches within the US. Most of the US matches I have at FTDNA are very distant.

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    Does anybody know if a US prepaid Visa card, a remailing service, and a VPN used together would allow one to get ancestry.dna from outside the US? It seems fairly drastic, but they do have raw data downloads now.
     

    Other ancestral Y lines:

    E1b-M81 Ukraine (Ashkenazi)
    E1b-V13 England
    I1-M253 Ireland
    I2-M423 Ukraine
    R1a-L176.1 Scotland
    R1b-L584 Syria/Turkey (Sephardi)
    R1b-L20 Ireland
    R1b-L21 (1)England; (2)Wales?>Connecticut
    R1b-L48 England
    R1b-P312 Scotland
    R1b-FGC32576 Ireland

    Other ancestral mtDNA lines:

    H1b2a Ukraine (Ashkenazi)
    H6a1a3 Ukraine
    K1a9 Belarus (Ashkenazi)
    K1c2 Ireland
    V7a Ukraine

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