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Summary and Recommendations For Getting Started

Summary of Steps To Take When You Get Your Autosomal DNA Results


· Download Raw Data from each company you tested with.

· Upload those zipped files to Gedmatch.com

· Download files from http://dnagedcom.com for FTDNA. 

· Organize your Chromosome Browser Results into sets of overlapping DNA segment sets

· Expand trees for those in the sets that have these three things: overlapping DNA segments, are in common with each other and that you have gedcoms for.

· If you use GWorks, get a surname list of all the surnames in your gedcoms and compare the gedcoms in GWorks for any matches

· Download the Matches and Ancestors of Matches csv files from Ancestry DNA and 23andMe using the DNAGedcom Client.

· Use the Ancestors of Matches (I refer to this as the detail file) as a reference. As you build out trees, check to see if any new surname that comes up is on the list. If it is not on this comprehensive list you may be going the wrong direction on the tree.

· Check between the detail file and your gedcoms looking for individuals that match.

· If you find a match between 2 or more DNA cousins, then you are also related to this match’s family.

· Keep good records of what you find

· Sit back and study your results from time to time you may see patterns

· Follow up on a surname that appears over and over on your trees.

· Be aware of geographic matches – such as many matches that are connected with a small town.

There are documents on http://DNAAdoption.com to help you with the details of these steps. The Autosomal DNA class also will help you come up with an action plan.