Monday, January 11, 2016
Wading Into the Big Pond with AncestryDNA
I finally took the plunge into the 3rd of the major players in the DNA field and submitted a test to AncestryDNA. I'd already tested at both 23andMe and FamilytreeDNA. Between those two, I probably have enough data to keep me busy for years, but by testing with Ancestry, I will be fishing in the pond with the largest pool of fellow testers.
For a comparison of how the various autosomal DNA testing companies break down, please see the chart at the International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki. They rate Ancestry's DNA users as having a medium response rate and a medium level of genealogical knowledge. The worst response rate was from 23andMe and I managed to have pretty good results before they changed their setup. I like how FamilyTreeDNA is set up, but they only have about 150,000 testers versus the 1 million at Ancestry. So I'm definitely stepping into the big pond.
I'm looking forward to finding even more relatives and hopefully break down some brick walls.