August 1, 2014: In the last year, I have taken an autosomal test through 23&ME https://www.23andme.com/ and I transferred that test to Family Tree DNA which has discontinued taking tests from other companies. I then took the mtDNA test (on sale) at Family Tree DNA and those results are now in. https://www.familytreedna.com/
At this point, I don’t know what I am doing, HA!
I am trying to read and study.
I am currently reading the PDF at Family Tree DNA “I have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy, Now What?” This PDF covers yDNA and mtDNA but not autosomal.
My mtDNA will not help with MacD research but will help with the other side of my family, my mother’s side. However, I may seek out a group DNA project that I might be able to join and see what comes up. Or start my own.
My cousin on the MacDonald side kindly agreed to take the autosomal test at Family Tree. He did the test and I am its administrator so to speak. Y-DNA is up the male direct line from son to father to his fathers father and on up. I am hoping that it might help us figure out which line of the MacD family we belong to. We both took the autosomal and we are very close as cousins.
I still have to study the lineage on the charts that my Great Aunt Nellie prepared and compare it to other charges which do not agree so there is a big challenges coming.
Several individuals have contacted me and I have forwarded them to my MacDonald cousin. One is with the Sauve line the other we are not sure yet, but we are always willing to share.
One goal is to have my MacDonald cousin take a yDNA test and then have him join Clan Donald research or some other group. The other is to convince my family member to take this test, but I have to study up.
More to come…Bonnie