DNA Can it help me with my Genealogical Research?

DNA can it help me find my family?

I am still trying to figure out Archibald’s parents, siblings and Mary’s parents and siblings.  I have bits and pieces of information.  Duncan D. MacDonald a researcher in Canada thinks that Mary is the sister of Angus who married Jeanette, not Jeanette’s sister.  I think based on my Aunt Nellie’s charts and the marriage record of Mary and Archie that she is Jeanette’s sister.  We will see?

I am particularly interested in the male line of the surname for this blog regarding the various spellings of MacDonald/MacDonell/McDonald/McDonell etc.

Meanwhile I have been reading:  Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy by Kelly Wheaton.  It is free and online.  It is short lessons with links to explore.  I am reading it and will probably reread it till it sinks in.  She has done a good job.


In the last year, I have taken an autosomal test through 23&ME.


I uploaded that test to Family TreeDNA.  I then took the mtDNA test (on sale) at Family Tree DNA: https://www.familytreedna.com/  All those results are in.

My cousin on the MacDonald side kindly agreed to take the autosomal test at Family Tree a year ago.  He did the test and I am its administrator so to speak.  Comparing our results we are very close as cousins.

He just recently agreed to take the yDNA test.  This is up the male direct line from son to father to his father’s father and on up.

Another family member, my sibling, has agreed to take the yDNA test and autosomal (Family Finder) tests and I am awaiting the results.  He is the last of the McD’s in my line so this is very important.

I am looking forward to seeing how we all compare and hopefully, by joining the Clan Donald DNA Project we might be able to learn more about our origins.

So I am at 23&Me (autosomal), Family Tree (autosomal – Family Finder) mtDNA.  I just recently I did an autosomal with Ancestry.  My understanding is that this increases my chances of finding cousins.  Ancestry is said to have the largest database and I am curious if my old New England roots show up.

Meanwhile I need to study up and figure out how this all works.

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