Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Autosomal DNA for DAW(E)
The males need not be the only ones having dna fun for DAWE.
Although yDNA is the quickest and surest way of proving direct male lineages, it is restricted to just the direct male line descendants.
Autosomal DNA is far more inclusive in that anyone with a DAWE ancestor may contain segments of DAWE DNA in their genes.
Unfortunately the inheritance process is a little more random, and the lottery of life may mean it is no longer detectable, but you wont know until you try!
Want some background reading? Check out the ISOGG Wiki
Autosomal results have not yet been included on the DAWE DNA project supplementary pages, but we are having a degree of success identifying segments of dna that can be attributed to DAWE ancestors from Devon.
Check out Lorna's personal DAWE page for a chromosome map, already out of date as more data flows in.
To join in with the multi-dimensional jigsaw involved in identifying the shared segments of dna and the shared ancestor responsible for passing on that bit of dna down the generations, do consider autosomal dna testing - FamilyTree DNA's FamilyFinder for preference as you can then join the DAWE DNA project there, but if you have tested at 23andme or ancestry and have DAWE ancestry, why not consider transferring to FamilyTree DNA?
See the DNASurnames project diary for their transfer incentive, club together with family members tested elsewhere, and get a free transfer.