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Ancestry DNA Testing: 10 Things You Need to Know

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    Last Updated: December 23rd, 2011

    Ancestry DNA TestingAncestry DNA testing is becoming a more and more popular component of genealogy research and has made it much easier for individuals to learn more about their family history. Before choosing an ancestry DNA test, there are a few things you should know.

    #1: DNA Testing Can’t Take the Place of Research

    While a genealogy DNA test can offer clues to a person’s origins and can determine if two people may be related, it will not provide you with a complete family tree. DNA testing is a supplement to genealogy research and is most often used to confirm the information that has been compiled through research.

    #2: Every DNA Test Is Not the Same

    There are currently two types of DNA tests that are used for ancestry testing so it’s important to choose the right one. Mitochondrial DNA tests, referred to as mtDNA, detect chromosomes that are passed through the maternal bloodline, while Y-Line tests are only useful on males and can often determine common ancestry between lineages.

    #3: The Purpose of the Test Is Vital

    Choosing the right ancestry DNA test will depend primarily on the reason the testing is desired. Some people want to verify a family tree that includes a famous historian, while others hope to make a connection between families with the same surname in different locations.

    #4: Testing the Right Person Is Equally Important

    Once the purpose of the test is determined, the next step is deciding who to test. If you are female, for example, and want to prove that Albert Einstein is part of your ancestral lineage, your brother or father will be better suited for the DNA sample.

    #5: Choose a Reputable Testing Company

    Before ordering a genealogy DNA test, take the time to compare the products that are available. Choose a testing company that offers a good value, but also be sure the tests are performed by a worthy laboratory with experienced DNA scientists.

    Ancestor.com recommends AncestryDNA and FamilyTree DNA for any type of Genealogy DNA testing. More about AncestryDNA:

    AncestryDNA is a cutting edge DNA testing service that utilizes some of the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way you discover your family history. This service combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections. It maps ethnicity going back multiple generations and provides insight into such possibilities as: what region of Europe are my ancestors from, or am I likely to have East Asian heritage? AncestryDNA can also help identify relationships with unknown relatives through a dynamic list of DNA matches

    #6: Ancestry DNA Testing Costs

    Genealogy DNA tests can range in price from as little as $100 to well over $800. The type of test and the results it will yield are the main factors that influence the price, but the costs can also vary depending on the company offering the test.

    #7: Understand the Testing Process

    As you’re searching for the best DNA testing company and comparing the costs, take a moment to review the instructions as well. Most reputable companies explain how to use the test on their website and also provide details on how to safely return the samples for testing.

    #8: Ancestry DNA Testing Takes Time

    Like costs, the amount of time it takes to receive results from an ancestry DNA test also depends on the type of test and the particular company performing the test. Generally it will take about 2 months to process the samples and to analyze the results.

    #9: What About Privacy?

    Many companies that offer ancestry DNA testing keep a database of hundreds of genetic profiles to help their clients match their results with possible relatives. If you are concerned about privacy, check the company’s policies on retaining data and the procedures required to delete your profile.

    #10: Is Ancestry DNA Testing Worth the Cost?

    Depending on the purpose, a genealogy DNA test can be a very effective way to gain more knowledge about your lineage. Most of the time, a successful test requires careful planning to be sure samples are received from the best possible candidates.

    When used correctly, ancestry DNA testing can be very useful. Keep in mind however, that DNA test results will not determine your ancestors and genealogy DNA tests are intended to supplement your family history research, not replace it.

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  1. #1
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I may be part African American or Native American but it would be on my father’s side. There are no living male descendants from my father or his father. I am female. Does that mean there is no way for genetic testing to confirm or disprove my suspicions?

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    Becky Potts
    May 7th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    yes, I’m really concerned where and who is my real father. I have been told it was one guy, but before my mother has said he might not be real dad. And there has been to many remarks that I’m believing it might be my real father after all and this guy my mother has said that she dated before was named David something I don’t know his last name but she thinks he’s died. All I want is to find out who my real father is, I’m 21 years old and has been lied to too many too count. So please help me

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    Steven May
    July 24th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    My wife recently purchased a dna testing for me. All I wanted to know was if I am part Native American, and or part Jewish. Well I was given a bunch of numbers and letters ans I found my parents haplogroups which were M and R1b but that in itself does not tell me anything else. Would someone explain to me what the breakdown means. How do you know if you are part of something with a bunch of letters? what letters or numbers in the group m or R1b would indicate american heritage?

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  4. #4
    October 8th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Get an Autosomnal DNA test. That can test both your mother and fathers side.

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  5. #5
    January 8th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Participated in National Geographic genome project and discovered I had 2.0% Denisovan DNA. Family lore is that we are native american, does Denisovan DNA prove this?

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    May 13th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people in this particular subject,
    but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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    Pam maddox
    March 13th, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    My husband was adopted from an orphanage when the county-owned. Is Mother when I was 15. His records are sealed no one can open them. Could a DNA test help with the search of his birth mother.

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  8. #8
    May 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    My maiden name is; ” Baldus ”
    very uncommon

    My husbands last name is; ” Watts ”
    (My husbands Maternal maiden; ” Watts ” has the facial features and skin tone of ” Native Americans,” yet; very small in stature…. under 5’7″ in both males and females.

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    May 22nd, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    BOTH my husbands mother and father are deceased with no full-blooded living relatives to receive past heritage information from.
    Being part Native American would assist us to fulfill the remainder of our lives in the Northern American.

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  10. #10
    May 22nd, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    In error to my previous post; my husbands “Mothers maiden name WAS; Watts, ” his Grandmothers maiden name was; ” Hanisch ”

    The Only remaing family member to my husband; who is ” 60, ” is an; older half brother by 5 yrs. He is; ” 65 yrs. old. ”

    For health and disability purposes, it is crucial we locate as much information as possibl to hang on to life with our 4 children, including; our ” Grands health and disabilitiesl

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    Gayle Maclaren
    June 15th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    How do I get the results? It has been 6 weeks since the vials were sent.

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    Janet Washington
    July 29th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    My father is deceased but my grandmother and mother are still living. They are both Mexican and I am convinced we have Indian in our bloodline.

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  13. #13
    November 5th, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Please help me find my daughter she was taken from birth because I was a 11 Yr old rape victim . The state of ms took her from me. I have breast cancer and I will not stop looking for her

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  14. #14
    November 5th, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Please help me find my daughter she was born in Oxford ms 1972may I was raped there for the state took her I didn’t get to even hold her . I have breast cancer and I want to see my daughter .

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    Jerri-lynn Halferty
    March 22nd, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Looking for my dad. My mom was Rheba Virgina Taylor from Tennessee. I was born I PA. 1/7/1963
    Thank you!

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    Greg brewer
    July 25th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Can you contact me and let me know how I can get the DNA test please.

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    September 4th, 2017 at 12:11 pm


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