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From: "Marilyn Otterson" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] DNA Made Simple
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 16:52:35 -0500
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Carolyn, I'm not sure why people have DNA tested if they have not one ounce
of interest in or curiosity about others who might be related within a few
generations. I mean, why even start if there is not any further interest?
I suppose some people may think a "relative" stranger might be interested in
something monetary or other rather than just the exchange of information.
But...c'est la vie. Maybe someday my Armstrong "cousin" will want to know
more about his possible vague relatives in the USA and will decide to
correspond, but until then I'll just have to figure it was not to be.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol and Joe Marlo" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [S-I] DNA Made Simple

> Hi, Marilyn,
> I was sorry to read of your disappointing encounters with possible
> relatives, but I can't say that I'm surprised. The same situation has
> occurred with me in trying to connect with possible SLOWEY relatives. I
> find possible leads, contact the people politely, enclose postage if it's
> a non-e-mail address, and usually never hear from them again.
> Is it possible for you to enlist the help of someone else related to these
> "close markers"? Those of us who have that genealogical interest find it
> hard to relate to people who just don't care, but unfortunately, such
> interest cannot be compelled. Keep trying through thr non-DNA approaches,
> and maybe you'll still make a breakthrough.
> Carol
> ________________________________
> From: Marilyn Otterson <>
> To:
> Sent: Friday, December 2, 2011 5:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [S-I] DNA Made Simple
> Hello, folks,
> I am writing this note that may seem a little heretical to many fans of
> Y-DNA searches, but I just wanted to show another side where people might
> not want to spend the money for deep searches unless the information they
> seek is not to learn if there are others out there with the same DNA, but
> other information that may gives hints to their ancestry. I was somewhat
> interested a few years ago but to start only got tested (well, had my
> dad's
> brother's son got his DNA tested for me) for 25 markers.
> I had decided that if I found somebody with a 25 marker match that perhaps
> each of us might want to go further to 37 or even 67 markers if we were
> both
> interested.
> Another participant on this list or another convinced her cousin to get
> tested for 25 markers, and lo! he had the same surname as mine and his
> ancestors came from the same very tiny townland in Co. Tyrone as
> mine....but
> he was not interested at all in swapping information. I figure that with
> the same markers and the same very small location we are probably
> connected
> not too many generations in the past, but since that person wasn't
> interested in going further, it was all kind of for naught. I have also
> had
> a couple of other people, but with different surnames, who have the same
> 25
> markers, but neither of them was interested in swapping information,
> either.
> I feel that if people can get such a close match it's kind of silly not to
> go further and to exchange information if not going for more markers. It
> was a real disappointment to learn I may have a "cousin" in Tyrone, but
> can't exchange family information since he is not interested in
> participating.
> I think we all, if we have DNA tested, hope we might find another with the
> shared ancestors, but when people are tested with no desire to discuss
> possible connections, or to research such, it's just kind of sad and
> futile,
> at least it is to me.
> Marilyn (Armstrong)(And Field, McCoy, Milligan and more)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dannye Powell" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:53 AM
> Subject: Re: [S-I] DNA Made Simple
>> What is the ancestr.s name?
>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
>> Les Tate <> wrote:
>>>I'm new to this group, however I wanted to comment that understanding
>>>Y-DNA results is not simple by any means.
>>>You may learn your general male line haplogroup by getting just the 12
>>>marker Y-DNA test (for women you'd have to submit your father or
>>>sample), however there are more extensive tests that can better define
>>>haplogroup. For instance, I've gone from 12-markers to 37 markers to 67
>>>markers to 111-markers, plus a deep clade (SNP) test. My haplogroup has
>>>gone from R1b to R1b1a2a1a1b4 and it matches the Scottish Modal with
>>>little variation. However it doesn't end there. Since my SNP marker L21
>>>was positive and all the others tested thus far have been negative, that
>>>led me to the R-L21+ Y-DNA Project, which has several hundred members who
>>>are all at least R1b1 and positive for L21, with many having fairly well
>>>defined haplogroups as well as being positive for other SNPs. However all
>>>are searching for even more defining information to indicate where our
>>>distant ancestors came from. While I fall into the Scottish Cluster
>>>many other clusters are not Scottish. Plus!
>> ,!
>>> there are subgroups of the Scottish Cluster that are still being defined
>>> as more advanced SNP tests become available.
>>>Matches to your Y-DNA results may help define your Y-DNA ancestor's
>>>and if you're very fortunate, you may find someone with the same or a
>>>similar surname who can help extend your genealogy research and possibly
>>>better define your common ancestor's origin. Early in my Y-DNA tests and
>>>at a roadblock in my paternal genealogy research, I was fortunate to
>>>locate someone with the same surname who I matched perfectly at 12, then
>>>37, then 67 markers, although the most recent extension to 111 markers
>>>shows some slight variation on a couple of the more mutatable markers.
>>>However by working together over about two years, we found our common
>>>ancestor 7 generations back and I now have distant cousins who are
>>>descendants of a different son of that ancestor.
>>>We were fortunate to find that our genealogical research indicated
>>>Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestry, with our common male ancestor being
>>>somewhere in Ulster (North Ireland) in 1731, migrating to what was to
>>>become the U.S. by 1755, moving into what were largely Scots-Irish areas
>>>in VA, NC, and TN by the time of the American Revolution. We also found
>>>was a neighbor and hunting/exploring companion of Daniel Boone in Rowan
>>>County NC and was one of the Overmountain Men in the Battle of Kings
>>>Mountain in 1780.
>>>What I want to indicate is that your DNA testing should not be just
>>>stand-alone information, but serve to assist and augment your genealogy
>>>Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tests can likewise provide general origins of
>>>your maternal line, however it is difficult to determine exact origins.
>>>is also difficult to augment with your genealogy research since wives'
>>>maiden names were often not recorded, especially as you go further back
>>>time. While my mtDNA results shows Native American ancestry, which is
>>>backed up by some oral family history, exact names and origins are not
>>>available before 1850 for my maternal line. Matches to my mtDNA results
>>>are few and only indicate a common Native American female ancestor
>>>somewhere in the eastern area of what is now the U.S.
>>>I don't want to discourage you or anyone else from getting DNA tests
>>>since the results can be very helpful. However it won't answer all the
>>>questions you may have because more questions arise with each new
>>>Les Tate
>>>On Nov 28, 2011, at 10:50 AM, Heather Dau wrote:
>>>> Hi Linda, please recommend a book/site that spells out how to read DNA
>>>> results (especially Y-DNA); something understandable, please.
>>>> Heather
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