I guess the Post Office finally decided to deliver my kit to ftDNA afterall! I got an email yesterday saying that ftDNA had received my DNA kit and results are pending. Expected date of results being posted is July 20, 2011. I can't wait!
Here's the email I got from ftDNA yesterday telling me my kit had been received:
To: grs3275 at yahoo dot comSent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:01 PMSubject: FTDNA Kit Received
Your Family Tree DNA test kit xxxxxx for Ginger R Smith was received today.
You may follow the progress of your test by logging in to your myFTDNA account through our home page, http://www.familytreedna.com, with your kit xxxxxx and password xxxxxx. We recommend recording your kit number and password in a safe place, or keeping this email. You will also be sent additional notices as your test results are posted.
Our help pages have the answers to questions about the DNA testing process and test results.http://www.familytreedna.com/faq/default.aspx
You may also join the Family Tree DNA community in our forums.http://forums.familytreedna.com
Follow the link below to access your myFTDNA account.Your Kit Number is xxxxxxhttp://www.familytreedna.com/login.aspx
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I then logged in to my newly created account and entered the surnames of my 16 2nd great-grandparents.
This will enable my matches to identify common surnames between us. The Family Finder test is designed to match you up with 5th cousins but the FAQs say it also allows matching back 5 generations. So I'm a bit confused by this. 5th cousins share the same set of 4th great-grandparents. But 5 generations back share the same 2nd great-grandparents. Either way, so far I added all 16 of my 2nd great-grandparents' surnames. It's a start!
I can't wait to start seeing my matches!!! This will be a fun summer project :-) Happy Dance!