Genealogy dna testing, also known as genetic genealogy, may be able to help you discover more about your ancestral heritage. Some people hail it as the brave new world of genealogical investigation. Others object to it because it removes the educational (not to mention, enjoyable) detective work of traditional genealogy research. Others insist it's a load of hoccus pocus nonsense designed to separate fools from their wallet.
Probably the majority simply don't know what to think about genealogy dna testing but are curious to know more.
This section of the site is intended primarily to provide information to the latter group. It doesn't pretend to be a learned dissertation on genealogy dna testing. It is merely a primer.
It is aimed at the amateur family historian who is curious about what this scientific development might offer his/her research and wants to know what is available and what to consider before deciding whether or not to proceed with a test.
If you've already unlocked a fair few generations of your ancestry, dna testing may seem an unnecessary luxury. Or, depending on your approach to research or your level of curiosity about your genealogy, dna analysis may offer just the answer you've been waiting for.
Any of the following reasons might make you consider the cost of genealogy dna testing to be within your budget.
If you've been a family historian for any length of time, it's possible you've been contacted by someone - a stranger - who shares your surname and wonders if you might be related. After a few cursory questions and answers about immediate family and/or a generation or two of ancestors, both parties usually come to the conclusion that they are not related.
But there is a chance (and, with some names, a likelihood) that you and this stranger are indeed related. The problem is that the 'common ancestor' is further back in time than your combined traditional genealogical research can take you.
This is where surname studies come in, because Y-DNA (see below) is passed intact, along with a surname, down the male line.
Surname studies and Y-DNA are, therefore, natural partners in the genealogy dna testing portfolio.
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