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.
When commercial genealogy database provider Ancestry launched its DNA test in 2012, genetic genealogy took off big time. The company is now the world's largest consumer DNA network, with more than five million people having tested. Each of these people receives an 'ethnicity estimate' ie they learn what percentage of Irish, Scandinavian or Native American (etc) heritage might be in their blood.
Each test in the database is matched against existing and (on an ongoing basis) newly processed test results of other people, and delivers a way of making contact with your closest matches.
Other companies, such as Family Tree DNA and Living DNA, also now provide autosomal dna testing and ethnicity estimates. Find out more about autosomal tests from these three companies:
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