Smith DNA Project-Procedures when you have an autosomal test
Posted by smithsworldwide in Autosomal General Discussion on February 16, 2023 Views:(49) Replies (0)
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1. Look at your autosomal matches on FamilyTreeDNA and see if you can find Smith/Schmidt etc that are in your line. You will almost certainly see other Smiths but it does not mean they are *your* Smith. When you know for sure you have matches on Smith, let us know who they are so we can look.
2. If you do not have matches on Smith on FTDNA but do on other sites, such as 23andme or Ancestry, write to those matches and ask them to do an autosomal transfer of their DNA to FamilyTreeDNA so we can compare. We compare data on FTDNA and not on other sites.
3. Get a spreadsheet or other document to keep track of your matches and what surname they represent. Download the data from FTDNA and you can sort on the chromosomes, etc. In some cases, the matches will not have a tree listed, so you need to write them for their tree to find out what surname might be the match for that particular kit. Suggest you add a few fields to a spreadsheet for email, date contacted, and surname so you can sort the information different ways and also know who you contacted whem.
4. If you cannot find a Smith match in your matches list at all, start as close to you as possible in your own line. Have your mother or father that has the Smith ancestor do an autosomal test so that you can look for commonality with him in your match list. Even better, if you have a male Smith in your line as ki, see if they will do a YDNA test for comparison. Some members have also reached out to others they have found that are not necessarily immediate family members but do have the line they want to test.
5. Tell us who the candidates from your match list are so that the admins in this project can go take a look.
Keep in mind that YDNA is the best way to establish your Smith line.