Considering researching at Ancestry.com? You might not like what you find.

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by A-58, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. CTNana

    CTNana Member Patron

    Just got my results back. I was very sceptical so a little reassured when it picked up a distant Australian cousin with whom I have been in contact for years. I had always understood that my jewish grandparents had married (not always!) outside of the faith. My results however said 2% jewish. How can it determine faith or am I misunderstanding it?
     
  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    It can probably tell if you've been eating kosher :)
     
  3. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Having been active in my own genealogy research for a couple of decades, I have kept a keen eye on the development of DNA testing services. My personal interest is in the history of the family and not who is/may be a distant living cousin.
    In most cases I can think of, other than verifying lineage following an exhumation of a very distant ancestor (unlikely in most of our situations I suggest), they only serve to confirm common ancestral links for people that have carried out the tests.
    So far I haven't seen any worth spending money on, as even the ethnicity information seems vague to say the least.
     
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  4. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    There is lots of data out there on the DNA services.

    In short the study keeps evolving, far faster than any services.

    They are useless as a result, can pick up a continent or two but... the rest is effectively guesswork off their database and rather unscientific.

    Beeb's done a few pieces on it, and the whole thing is frankly an easy money spinner. Treat it like an expensive lottery ticket and bit of whimsy rather than any serious endeavour.

    Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    This one made me laugh - what Wellington would have thought would be interesting - answers on a postcard or post below please

    From Ancestry - whilst looking for something else

    UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
    Name: Ernest Wheeler
    Service Date: 1815
    Service Place: Belgium
    Campaign or Service: Battle of Waterloo
    Regiment or Unit Name: Machine Gun Corps
    Regimental Number: 175086


    :blush::whistle:
    TD

    For reference - https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/1686/31794_221579-00324?pid=1760339&backurl=https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=bDz19760&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&indiv=1&db=CampaignMedalRolls&gss=angs-d&new=1&rank=1&MS_AdvCB=1&gsln=wheeler&gsln_x=1&_F4E2F07A=546886&_F4E2F07A_x=1&MSAV=2&uidh=5nr&pcat=39&fh=0&h=1760339&recoff=&ml_rpos=1&treeid=&personid=&hintid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=bDz19760&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true
    31794_221579-00324.jpg
     
  6. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    My grandad was in the MGC, he'd have loved sitting in a square popping 'frogs' with his Vickers.
     
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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You have to laugh

    Doing a search and Ancestry tells me:

    Census & Electoral Rolls
    1
    1881 England Census 1
    See all 1 results…

    So that would make you think that there is 1 (one) result for your seach parameters..........................

    How wrong could you be................................ on opening that Census I was confronted with ...................

    Results 1–50 of 12,315

    o_O:wacko::huh::omg::unsure:

    No wonder I need pills
    TD
     
  8. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Just have to wonder how they cope with data protection......
     
  9. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

  10. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Had mine done last year apparently i'm a Celt or something like that.
     
  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The Christmas present that could tear your family apart

    This Christmas it's likely that more people than ever before will spit into a tube, or swab some cheek cells and send the result off for DNA analysis. Millions in the US have already done it, and the craze is spreading. But what happens when you find out a lot more than you were expecting?

    ...
     
  13. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    As the bosun on my first ship said, when I said 'if we did something or other'. If your auntie had balls she'd be your uncle!
     
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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Everyone I know that has played this game has found out they were related to either George Washington or King George III or both.
     
  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I appear to have many matches of 3rd to 5th cousin in the family line so no high percentage numbers.
     
  17. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Just got my ancestral DNA test results back. Interesting but no suprises;
    48% south central England
    14% southeast England
    a smattering of East Anglia, Cumbria, Central England, Yorkshire
    a hint Scotland and Ireland
    and a bit of Germanic (from the old anglo-saxons probably)

    So all you jolly, forin chappies can just b* off - it is my country !
    (Dons top hat and places monocle in left eye)


    (Only joking chaps, honest ! :-P)
     
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  18. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ahhh - the old 'travelling salesman' mix eh what

    TD
     
  19. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    How very dare you, Sir !.....I'll have you know I come from a long line of respectable Agricultural Labourers.....we've shovelled sh*t for some of the best families in the land !
     
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  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ah I know - I'm standing in some right now

    TD
     
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