The first post described Getting Started on the web site. This post describes seeing my 20 Y-DNA markers for the first time.
At the end of the last post, I was about to "View My Y-DNA" on the "Explore Your Ancestry" page. I clicked on the link to "View My Y-DNA":
The top of this page says "Raw DNA Results." The page has a short summary of what Y-DNA is, a long image of something that looks like a thermometer but is not understandable, and two boxes on the right showing more information about STR's and teasing another test. The text is informative:
"Only male individuals carry Y-DNA. Unlike all of the other DNA types in your cells, Y-DNA is unique because it is inherited along the paternal line and remains relatively unchanged as it is passed down from generation to generation, making it an excellent candidate for paternal ancestral studies. An individual's Y-DNA is the same as his father's Y-DNA and it is also the same as the Y-DNA of all paternal ancestors along the paternal line (father's father's father's father…..). This means that by testing an individual's Y-DNA, we are actually testing the same DNA type as an individual's paternal ancestors from thousands of years ago, thus allowing the investigation of an individual's paternal ancestral roots."
OK, where do I find mine? There's a link "My DNA" in small type under the "Raw DNA Data" title. I clicked on "My DNA." That didn't work. It was logical, but led me to a page about Y-DNA and mtDNA, which led me back to the last page.
There is a link to "View Y-DNA STR Results" in the box on the right in fairly large print - I clicked on that and this page appeared (3 screens below):
At the top of the page there is a summary of my test. In the middle is a listing of the Y-DNA markers that GeneBase tests and my results for the 20 markers I had tested - this has the "thermometer scale" thing in the middle - the different markers are at different locations on this scale. At the bottom of the page are a series of links to informational articles about Paternal Ancient Ancestry, DNA Archaeology (Y-DNA), DNA Clans (Y-DNA), Carrier Analysis (Y-DNA) and several more.
OK, that's more like it. I printed it out in landscape, and can proudly post it on my wall. Or I can use it for scratch paper, whatever. I printed two - one for notes and one for saving.
The process so far has been fairly easy, even with all of the false steps trying to find the links to get to the markers. Genebase should make this process easier by at least providing a list of things to do and making the steps easier to find. Several links were in the sidebar boxes. I usually consider sidebar boxes as peripheral information containing advertisements and commercial invitations, not as the path of results.