08 August 2013

DNA Testing for Genealogy 101 - What Can It Do For You?? Part 4 (end of series)

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We at Upfront with NGS are very excited to have brought you this four part series from Roberta Estes on DNA testing and its genealogical uses.  Thanks Roberta!

If you missed part 1, click here.
If you missed part 2, click here.
If you missed part 3, click here.

Article courtesy of Roberta Estes, www.dnaexplain.com,
e-mail Roberta at [email protected] or [email protected]
Graphics courtesy of Roberta, Family Tree DNA, www.familytreedna.com and the ISOGG wiki at http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Wiki_Welcome_Page.

Summary – Who Can Test For What???

Just to be sure we all understand, here’s a handy chart that summarizes who can test for what at Family Tree DNA and what you discover!

Type of Test
Who Can Test
What You Get
Mitochondrial DNA – direct maternal line
Males and Females
Haplogroup (clan) and personal matches
Y-Line DNA – direct paternal (surname) line
Males only
Haplogroup (clan) and personal matches
Autosomal (Family Finder) – all lines
Males and Females
Percentages of ethnicity and personal matches

What About The Test…

You may wonder why I recommend Family Tree DNA for testing.  It’s simple.  They are the only DNA testing company that offers the full range of tests and tools needed by genetic genealogists.  They are the oldest company and have the largest data base, in addition to tools that facilitate using multiple types of test results togetherFamily Tree DNA has been wonderful to work with, sponsors free surname, haplogroup, geographic and special interest projects and are infinitely patient and extremely helpful.  They are also a partner to the National Geographic Society and participants from the Genographic project can transfer results into the Family Tree DNA database for free.

Testing is done at Family Tree DNA using a cheek swab that looks like a Q-tip. 

A test kit is shown above.  Just swab the inside of your cheek, put the swab back in the vial and mail back to the lab.  It’s that easy. 

To see someone collecting a sample from receiving the envelope in the mail to mailing it off again, click here http://www.davedorsey.com/dna.html

Receiving your Results

After you receive your Y-line or mitochondrial results at Family Tree DNA on your personal page, please consider our Y-Line or Mitochondrial DNA Personal DNA Reports.   Family Tree DNA customers who have minimally tested at 37 markers for the Y-line or the mtDNAPlus for mitochondrial can also order their reports directly through Family Tree DNA on their personal page.  

What you discover from your own DNA will be priceless – and there is no other way to make these discoveries other than DNA testing.  Your DNA results are notes in bottles that have sailed over time from your ancestor to you.  Begin your adventure today, open that bottle and see what secrets your ancestors sent! 

Be sure to sign up for the www.dna-explained.com blog to keep current with genetic genealogy.  There is great introductory and educational material there as well, and it’s free.

Happy ancestor hunting!!!

Roberta Estes

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