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By romero89 - Posted on 12 October 2012

Way back in 2003 I tested with Ancestry. That was a big mistake. They soon went out of business so the company was no help or use for research. Now that they've started up again I don't trust them. Once burned, twice shy. I won't use them again.

I had my brother tested in 2005, this time with FamilyTreeDNA. I have been very happy with the results, the support, the matching, and the opportunity to obtain more refined tests. I also had a cousin test with FamilyTreeDNA for my mother's father's YDNA.

I tested myself with 23andMe about a year ago and have been happy with the kind of results they test for. It is different than FamilyTreeDNA as they can give you medical information as well as matching opportunities.

My advice it to know what you want, know what you can get, then use the correct testing method to get the desired results.

Linda

Is there anyone that could answer this question? I have a paternal ancestor
from Aguascalientes that I believe changed his name when coming to Texas,
at least that's what my aunt believes. The name she thinks it originally
was is not that common but it is a name I've seen a lot in Aguascalientes.
And, my question is could a DNA test prove what that original name was?

Paige Herrera

It could if other people with the same surname also take the same DNA test
and the results are similar. You can visit our DNA Project at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nuevagaliciadna/ or through FTDNA at
http://www.familytreedna.com/public/NuevaGaliciaDNA/

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Of Paige Herrera
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:33 PM
To: research@lists.nuestrosranchos.com
Subject: [Nuestros Ranchos] DNA testing

Is there anyone that could answer this question? I have a paternal ancestor
from Aguascalientes that I believe changed his name when coming to Texas, at
least that's what my aunt believes. The name she thinks it originally was is
not that common but it is a name I've seen a lot in Aguascalientes.
And, my question is could a DNA test prove what that original name was?

Paige Herrera

Paige,

I don't believe it can answer that particular question, what the original
name if any was, but it can answer the relationship issue,it can prove or
disprove relationship.

Alicia

On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Paige Herrera
wrote:

> Is there anyone that could answer this question? I have a paternal ancestor
> from Aguascalientes that I believe changed his name when coming to Texas,
> at least that's what my aunt believes. The name she thinks it originally
> was is not that common but it is a name I've seen a lot in Aguascalientes.
> And, my question is could a DNA test prove what that original name was?
>
> Paige Herrera

Paige, if a male relative from that line gets a Y-DNA37 test, sometimes a
Y-DNA67 test is necessary, and finds a match with someone with ancestry
from the region and that match has very good documentation back to a
founding family then we can assume that the genetic surname of your male
relative should be the one of the match. If there are more matches that
also have good documentation then it solidifies the case. This has happened
more than a few times already.

We already have several cases of brick walls being broken down within the
Nueva Galicia DNA project due to Y-DNA testing. One case was written about
here. http://www.nuestrosranchos.com/en/node/21944

You can see the Y-DNA results at
https://www.familytreedna.com/public/NuevaGaliciaDNA/default.aspx?section=yresults

Be aware that there are a lot of cases that the brick wall has not been
broken down and you might have to wait years until that match with
documentation shows up, if ever. With better tests coming out and DNA
testing getting more popular every year and prices being reduced I expect a
lot more results to appear in the next 5 to 10 years. Some of the testees
aren't finding matches because they or their matches haven't tested out to
37 or 67 markers.

Armando

On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM, Paige Herrera
wrote:

> Is there anyone that could answer this question? I have a paternal ancestor
> from Aguascalientes that I believe changed his name when coming to Texas,
> at least that's what my aunt believes. The name she thinks it originally
> was is not that common but it is a name I've seen a lot in Aguascalientes.
> And, my question is could a DNA test prove what that original name was?
>
> Paige Herrera

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