It is amazing that about 3 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since September 8, 2016. It is time to move on! I think a new poll question is in order!
The poll had asked the question “If You Have Had Your DNA Tested For Genealogy, Which Service Provider Did You Use?” A) Family Tree DNA, B) 23 and Me, C) Ancestry DNA, D) National Geographic Genographic Project, E) I used more than one provider, F) Other provider not on the list.
The results of the poll showed the following from the 39 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their response to the question. The numbers show that:
- 16 (41.03%) noted they had used more than 1 provider
- 10 (25.64%) noted they used exclusively Family Tree DNA
- 7 (17.95%) noted they used exclusively Ancestry DNA
- 5 (12.82%) noted they used exclusively 23 and Me
- 1 (2.56%) noted they used exclusively the National Geographic Genographic Project
- 0 (0%) noted they used a provider not on the list.
I was actually thinking that most responses would indicate just choosing one provider and that provider would have been Ancestry DNA. But as you can see, almost half of the respondents noted they have used multiple DNA providers from the major providers and the one major provider used exclusively was Family Tree DNA (personal note, that is the company that did my DNA analysis).
Using multiple companies may make sense as a check to see if results are similar for the same DNA test being done by each company. Would one company show me as 98% Eastern European and another show me as 40%? Maybe I would not want to see such a result because then I wouldn’t know if something was incorrectly processed by the company. Most results for the same DNA test are going to be similar but not exact. Each company has its own algorithms and logic to determine its results. So maybe you might expect one company for an autosomal test to be a couple of percentage points difference in scoring your results.
We test with multiple companies because we want validity between the two and possibly also to see some things one company provides for this kind of test that the other company does not.
Using multiple companies also provides you with more exposure to possible matches. Say you test with Family Tree DNA. Maybe an unknown cousin tested using Ancestry DNA. You would never know that cousin existed by looking at your matched results in Family Tree DNA and vice versa. Yes, it will cost you more money, but you stand the chance of discovering more matches from unknown cousins that tested with other providers.
When you do test with multiple companies you also can take advantage of future sales for other various DNA products they offer because they do come back to you as a previous customer with special deals. So the more companies, the more of a chance you will receive better offers for future testing at discounted prices.
It did not surprise me to see only a count of 1 for the National Geographic Genographic Project. No one has ever really mentioned that project to me as one they submitted for analysis. Also because the list of choices I provided literally covered all of the major DNA testers, it did not surprise me that no one noted they had been tested outside of the list of major players.
I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw! So come on down —— affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research or select from a list of choices to answer the question. Your answers count.
I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly. Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.
A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll. Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.
Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog. Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”. In here you will find the statistical results of the 25 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”. If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.
Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:
Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)
Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!
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