I started this journey last year when I ordered a test for my paternal Uncle through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), after his results came in I decided to do my own test. Being a female I needed to do an autosomal relative finder test, so I chose 23andme for a couple of reasons, the first being the medical information that can be obtained and the second was they dropped their price from $299 USD down to $99 USD, even with the mandatory DHL delivery fee it's under $200 AUD.
The whole process can be tracked by logging into your profile and checking your Status box. There are 6 steps to the process. Here are the steps my kits took, you'll notice mine went through a second round of analysis and then a replacement test, it took just short of 4 months!
While you are waiting for your test results, set up your profile; add you family surnames, locations, family tree and make it public so people can connect with you. So many people are daunted and don't make their profile public which is a tragedy, 3 of my highest matches I can't connect with or they have declined to connect!
To me, the 23andme website is a bit clunky to navigate, make sure you spend your time clicking around the site and visit the "Community" often for updates, the latest information and to learn, learn, learn.
As soon as your results are available at Step 5 download you raw data for safe keeping.
Further steps you can take if you choose to utilise the tools available to you.
- Send your raw download to Dr Doug McDonald for a comparison analysis.
- ISOGG is a great starting point (International Society of Genetic Genealogy).
- Autosomal DNA tools at ISOGG.
- Upload your raw file data to gedmatch.com where you can play with a lot of tools.
- Transfer your results to FTDNA for comparison, more serious Genetic Genealogists use this service.
- Download your ancestry finder results from "Countries of Ancestry" (found under tools) and check them out in a Spreadsheet, fascinating.
- Download your DNA Relatives from the "Family Inheritance: Advanced" tool.
- Blood relative Surnames of Peggy Lucas (nee Lewis/Cummins) Peggy's Pedigree Chart
- Blood relative Surnames of Rhonda Lucas
- Rhonda's Pedigree Chart Lucas and Cummins mitochondrial (mtDNA) | T1a1
- Journeying into genetic genealogy
- Hodges-Bray-Rowe mtDNA Haplogroup U4
- Lucas from Scotland Y-DNA Results
- DNA Journey with 23andme - getting started