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Surname DNA testing is the the best "add-on" tool available to genealogists! The many advantages include:-
Surname tests (Y-DNA) enable genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry. (The molecular (aka genetic) ancestry overrides the surname ancestry).
Molecular ancestry information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails and can uncover family secrets!
This project is keen for people from the United Kingdom, all the countries of Western Europe (which have strong numbers of RIDELs and similar spellings), Northern and Eastern Europe, the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (and anywhere else I have missed when I considered the countries in which the surname exists...) to please join it.
Like all surname projects, this one is intent upon proving connections using DNA. But it is NOT just surname ancestry. It is molecular (or as some prefer it, genetic) ancestry.
The best articles I have found to date for understanding just what 'DNA' is and how the results of testing can help you with your genealogy.
Here is a hint for you if you have tested FF.
Once you (or anyone) joins a project, you can go to your FTDNA Home Page and hover your mouse over the FF Drop-down menu visible in the blue tool bar. Then select "Advanced Matches" from that menu. Check FF and select whether you want to see your matches in either the full data base, or just in the specific projects that you have joined.Because it is a pain switching from one window to another, I have three browsers, so that I can get the same person’s Home page up showing different reports for the same tester all at the same time.
If you are reading this, then it is assumed you are hunting for details about your ancestors and extending your knowledge about your particular line.
DNA testing will certainly aid you in a number of ways but you must still have a paper trail if you want to name that ancestor when you find you have a match!
DNA testing will also inform you whether your paper trail is correct. (My favourite 'hobby-horse' is to tell you not to rely on the work of someone else UNLESS they have supplied you with references to enable you to check these for yourself).
Take for example, that wonderful book by G.T. Ridlon 'The history of the ancient Ryedales...' Every Riddle or Riddell searcher needs to have a copy of this in their library. But it has some incorrect conclusions printed within it. Therefore, please use it merely as a hand-drawn road map and not as a 'bible'. It is accurate in parts and fatally wrong in other parts. (But what a splendid work - put together under most difficult circumstances).
It is available for reading on-line or downloading a .pdf file at www.archive.org
Another book worthy of having in your library is 'Border Memories' by Walter Riddell Carre.
But again, take care with the so-called facts presented within it.
It too is available at the above web address.
Monuments on the east wall of Greyfriars Kirkyard. (This is an ancient cemetery for the border Scottish RIDDELLs)
The main entrance to the kirkyard in the Cowgate formerly bore the inscription,
Remember Man, as thou goes by,
As thou art now, so once was I;
As I am now, so thou shalt be;
Remember Man, that thou must die. [pronounced 'dee' in Scots]
Please upload your gedcom to your FTDNA Home Page and check that you have stated your most distant known ancestors.
Finally, give a thought to all the women who have no males able to test.
They are therefore forced to rely on 'Family Finder'.
And if you are male, you will be "missing out" on finding the surviving members of your family if you ignore testing your atDNA via Family Finder.
So too will those females be missing out.
Gail Riddell James Riddell
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