Amy Choate-Nielsen: 30-some years later, genealogy and biology less bewildering

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  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    DNA is becoming an important tool in family history. To determine if the man in Texas is an ancestor, Amy would need to do the following, assuming the man was a Choate.
    1. Have her father or her brother's DNA tested. Historically, DNA from the Y chromosome has been used, and that DNA is only transmitted from father to son. The DNA should be tested for at least 32 markers, 64 or 128 markers being much better.
    2. Find a living male person who has a good paper-trail connection to the man in Texas. Have the living descendant tested for DNA.
    3. Compare the two DNAs.

    I have a good paper trail of my surname going back to Wales in 1590. I hoped DNA would help my family learn where in England our Welsh ancestors probably came from. So far, we haven't learned that, but we have discovered about 14 or 15 men along the Atlantic seaboard who have a good match with me. These men don't have the same surname as I have. The DNA matches don't imply that the family trees of the living men go back to Wales. Our common ancestors could have lived in England.