Saturday, July 8, 2017

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"Is DNA analysis really a true measure of your family tree?"

Forrest Caricofe

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**Yesterday. I had a person helping me, but he was a total stranger. Will he return 

tomorrow? We'll just have to wait and see. 

I published my blog of the day, published a postcrossing with information on someone I 

sent a picture postcard who lives in Orenburg, Russian Federation (5,563 miles away), 

uploaded the picture postcard to several social media sites from postcrossing and 

published 1 video of my three grandchildren (all boys) who live Omaha with Michael, my 

son, and Erin his wife.

Later in the evening I drove to China Buffet in Orrville for takeout. The 2 young people of,

I believe, Chinese origin know me now, handing me 4 styrofoam containers as I enter the 

door. It costs about $22 each time including a $1 tip which is just about as cheap if you 

spend your time purchasing the food, driving to and from the store and the time you take 

to cook the food before eating it.

**Today. That person who was talking to me yesterday has disappeared. Although I gave 

him my name, he did not give me his. It seemed like he was here to help and encourage 

me. Was he my guardian angel? I always thought angels were females. Will he come back? 

I don't know that. It is sure a puzzle to me.

9:58 AM 7/8/2017 EDT. I've just lost my WiFi internet connection again. If I can't fix it 

before I go to bed about 8:30 PM, you will not see my blog until about 6:00 AM tomorrow


Since I've lost my internet connection, I can't get the weather report from Google News, 

but I have a backup with my Acurite weather gauge. The temperature right now is 82°, 

with partly cloudy skies, a barometric pressure of 29.80 and the moon will almost be full


11:16 AM 7/8/2017 EDT. I appear to have a WiFi internet connection again. It just 

appeared out of nowhere like the man did yesterday. Is helping me without appearing like 

an angel or a ghost? 

I rained a lot yesterday with several thunderstorms, but with no rain in the forecast I'll

water the flower beds again today. I still have all those things I told you about and didn't

do yesterday. Take the garden size American flags (about 15) from the front yard before 

mowing the lawn, mow the lawn, spray weed killer, weed the flower beds, spread the pearl 

black mulch and divide and replant those I dig up.


**Not too long ago I paid for ($108 with tax) a DNA Kit from AncestryDNA. The 

following is from an email I received from AncestryDNA on July 5:

Behind the Scenes at the Lab:

"You’ve spit and put your saliva in the mail. Within a few days, your sample will make it 

to the lab. Once it arrives, it begins a journey that will take your saliva through many steps 

before you see the results online.

1. Your saliva sample has DNA in it, but that DNA isn’t ready to read yet. It’s stored inside

immune and cheek cells. The first step at the lab is called extraction. Your sample is put 

into a plate in its own container with 95 other samples and then given to a series of robots 

that will take a small sample of your saliva and start processing it. Get comfortable with 

the other 95 samples – they will be with you for the rest of your journey! To extract the 

DNA, your saliva will be exposed to chemicals, spun at over 10,000 rpm, and all kinds of 

cell parts and pieces will be removed.

2. Next comes amplification. In this step, we make up to a thousand copies of your DNA. 

If you are thinking that is a lot, you’re right. This is done through a process called PCR 

(Polymerase Chain Reaction). Your sample is moved to a new robot that guides it through 

all kinds of chemicals, enzymes, and cycles of heating and cooling. Once we’re done, we 

have a lot more of your DNA than we started with. Now, we’re ready to read it.

3. How do we actually read your DNA? We start by applying your DNA to a SNP 

(pronounced “snip") chip, or microarray. This SNP chip has been designed to read the 

700,000 markers that will ultimately tell you your ethnicity estimate and which 

AncestryDNA members you are related to. The chip contains manufactured DNA that will 

bind to your DNA that we will then read. This technology is advancing and becoming 

better and better even as you read this.

4. Reading the SNP chip is a complicated stage of the process that uses a lot of science and

math. Another robot communicates the final results from the chip. We need to be able to 

read at least 98% of the SNPs that we test; otherwise, we won’t be able to give you any 


5. If we received enough data back, the As,Ts,Cs, and Gs that make up sections of your 

DNA are turned into a raw data file:

With the raw data the science team can run their algorithms that produce the two parts to 

your DNA results: ethnicity estimate and cousin matching. 

How do we determine your ethnicity estimate?

We take the data from your 700,000 markers that we just analyzed at the lab and compare 

it to population data from 26 different regions.

We run this comparison 40 times to get the best estimate of what regions your family 

genetically connects to based on current research. After running the comparison, we give 

you an ethnicity estimate. It is just that: an estimate. The estimate could change over 

time, depending on what new research might reveal. The example below shows what a set 

of ethnicity results could look like.

Your ethnicity results are unique to you. If you had additional family members tested, their 

results might look different. How is that possible? It comes down to the random nature of 

genetic inheritance. You received a random 50% of each of your parents’ DNA; because

inheritance is random, a sibling typically won’t inherit exactly the same DNA as you 

unless he or she is an identical twin.

How do we determine matching?

Once your DNA is analyzed, we can compare it to everyone else in the database. We have 

more than 1 million samples in the database now, and we will continue to compare your 

genetic data to anyone else who takes the AncestryDNA test. Depending on how much 

DNA you share with any given person in the database we estimate a possible relationship. 

This is how DNA can help you find cousins you never knew you had."

I have enough cousins who I can hardly keep up with, I sure don't need anymore.

AncestryDNA goes on to say that I could have a match from any of the following 


America - since I was born here, I'll estimate a match of 10%.

Native American - maybe since they lived here and I was born in their land. I guessing 5%.


Europe East

Europe West - of what I know, my Father's side of the family whose last name is Caricofe

and of course has changed over the years means churchyard/graveyard in German. My 

Mother's side of the family whose last name is Cline means small in German, so I figure

I'm at least 60% German or, because of over the border breeding, in countries that 

surround Germany such as Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium and 

the Netherlands, that part of this 60%, say 10%, will be part of my ancestry.

European Jewish

Finland/Northwest Russia

Great Britain - I guessing another 10% here since Great Britain once ruled America.

Iberian Peninsula





Africa North

Africa South-Central

Hunter-Gatherers - my liking for dumpster diving for unspoiled food and drink, going 

barefooted with no shirt and having a smaller than normal brain size are the reasons that I 

believe 5% of my DNA will match this category.

Africa Southeastern Bantu



Ivory Coast/Ghana




West Asia


Middle East


Asia Central

Asia East

Asia South

Pacific Islander - these last 3 categories I would like to be a part of, but I don't see any 

resemblance between the island people and me. I met a lot the Pacific island 

people in the desert of Las Vegas and it would sure be an honor to have at least a 

1% match.



In adding up what I have typed above:

America                            10%

Native American                5%

German                             50%

cross border breeding       10%

Great Britain                     10%

Hunter-gathers                    5%


Equals                                90%

Let's leave the remaining 10% for God to decide.

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