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 the well-known dna-testing company FamilyTreeDNA launched its autosomal DNA test (they call it Family Finder) in 2010, genetic genealogy took off big time. Before long, the huge genealogy records provider Ancestry jumped into the dna market, and has since grown into the world's largest consumer DNA network, with more than six million people having tested at the end of 2018. 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 on-going basis) newly processed test results of other people, and delivers a way of making contact, through Ancestry, with your closest matches.
The 'ethnic heritage' feature of autosomal dna testing has proved very popular, and has since been introduced by FamilyTreeDNA and other companies new to genetic genealogy, including Living DNA (now in partnership with FindMypast) and MyHeritage. You can find out more about autosomal tests from these companies:
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