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Michelle Leonard
Professional . Genetic Genealogist. Historian. Writer. Speaker. Fromelles Project. WW1. 💜 using to solve mysteries
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Michelle Leonard Apr 21
I wouldn't say unusually so but your percentage is an individual thing. I wouldn't focus too much on the ethnicity aspect of it as it's the cousin matching database that is the most useful part of the test.
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christine woodcock Apr 20
Learn in your jammies, from the comfort of home. Join us for the Irish ViC (virtual conference) TOMORROW
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Michelle Leonard Apr 21
I'm in today doing 'DNA Ask The Expert' at the Scottish Federation of Family History Societies Conference & Fair hosted by - if you're at the show and would like some help stop by for a chat!
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Scottish Gen Network Apr 21
Our 'Ask The Expert' stand at is up and running - if you're at the show and would like some advice come and book a slot!
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Michelle Leonard Apr 19
Replying to @ancresbyjacq
Hi Jacqueline - yes of course I can look over your spreadsheet for you! My table should be right next to the SGN Ask The Expert table so feel free to pop by for a chat about it all. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Michelle Leonard Apr 18
You don't need to worry about the lab. They are Direct To Consumer tests: just order from one of the major companies (Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, FTDNA), they send it to you in the post, you do it at home (saliva sample or cheek swab) and then pop it in a postbox back to them.
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Michelle Leonard Apr 18
Yep it's my mantra 😉
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Start with an autosomal test from one of the major companies: Ancestry, 23andMe, FTDNA or MyHeritage. I'm sure there will be some good sales for DNA Day next week (25th April)
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
That's why I asked what you meant by full 🙂If you have not done any testing before and you're just interested in a general test for genealogy purposes then you want a regular autosomal DNA test not Full Genome Sequencing! These cost under $100 and there are regular sales.
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Replying to @msgeneaology
Brilliant! Perfect example of what I was talking about and why you should never ignore the no tree matches 🙂Yep the match will be a great help for you with identifying other matches on this line! You're off to a great start
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Ancestry and MyHeritage only offer autosomal testing Kasta - I think is looking for next generation sequencing testing
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
It depends what you mean by full: if Whole Genome Sequencing then there are a few companies that offer it. Prices are still a lot higher than regular DTC testing (Y, Mt, Autosomal) - around the $1K mark. Check out this page from
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Maurice is one of the very best! You won't go wrong listening to any of his presentations Jan
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
That makes life easier!
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Yep and you might well be able to work it out without a tree via shared matches. A second cousin level match is an excellent match
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
I offer to help my best matches get a tree going and I've worked out many matches doing that! It often doesn't really take a lot to work their trees back a couple of generations and find the link if it's a good enough match. It's certainly worth the time and effort
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
It's another phenomenon I talk about a lot - we're seeing a reversal of the traditional way of getting interested in . Now many people do a test and that sparks an interest in building a tree. The test is coming first for many people
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
I'm sure you'll do great - looking forward to seeing you!
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
I've had fantastic replies, photographs, family stories, been able to confirm ancestors with lots of no tree matches - equally I've had many that don't respond but I've had lots with trees that don't respond too. If you bypass the "no tree" matches you'll miss out
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Michelle Leonard Apr 17
Yes really! Millions of people are testing that have never even thought of building a family tree before. Many won't be interested but within those millions many others will - they just don't have a tree yet or don't know how to link one! Don't discount them
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