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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree November 2018 > Taken a DNA test? Now what? DNA SERIES

Taken a DNA test? Now what? DNA SERIES

DNA tests are becoming ever more popular but the results can seem bewildering can’t they? Help is at hand, however, with family historian Karen Evans’s practical advice for making sense of your DNA test results for your family history research


Once you have received your DNA results, and got over the initial excitement, you will probably look at all the matches with a growing sense of confusion and surprise.

In every issue of Family Tree, we will be looking at diff erent DNA conundrums and I hope that this series will help you:

• make sense of your test results

• find family connections worldwide

• and get the answers you need to your DNA questions.

Q How do I make the most of my Ancestry DNA results?

Reader Marcia Dancer writes: I really appreciate you having a look at my DNA results. My daughter received the email from AncestryDNA and printed all they sent. The list of countries were Great Britain, Ireland, Wales, Europe West, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Austria and England.

I was hoping, if nothing else, there would be some dates or perhaps details of where any ancestors were from. There were many pages from 4th and 5th cousins. My daughter emailed some who were into family history and had recently clicked their box. One replied that his family from England had emigrated to Canada, but his name of ‘Davis’ meant nothing to me. We asked for any names he was researching, but received no reply. The only other email asked if my grandfather was Albert Dancer. We replied although I had researched the Dancers of Bucks and West Drayton Middlesex, there was no Albert Dancer.

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Soon the Last Post will sound as we commemorate the Armistice of 1918, a century ago. If you'd like to find out, or discover more, about your ancestor's time during the First World War - look no further. Our November issue is a First World War centenary commemorative issue, packed with information and advice about the records and the medals of First World War people. Have a read, do some research, and then, this year on Remembrance Sunday you'll be able to say that you truly have remembered them.