Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Types of testing- Autosomal DNA Part 3

Now we will discuss the various types of tests that can be completed and determine which one best fits what you are trying to understand. It is critical at this stage that you select the test method that best identifies what you are trying to learn.

The first test method is known as Autosomal DNA. This test can be done for both male and female lines. This tests for over 700,000+ markers on both the maternal and paternal lines. Identifies ethnicity and potential family lines that closely parallel your test results. Excellent test for identifying cousins. Testing will give you accurate results going back five to seven generations. Allows you to connect to the living as well as the dead.

This particular test will be good for validating you lineages as well as identifying if you are related to other living persons in the same line. Key here is having other potential candidates participate with you or others that have done it in the past.

Tomorrow I will be writing about another form of DNA testing. I try to keep the descriptions simple, because it can get very scientific.

Please ask any questions you have and I will attempt to answer them. As always your clicks on the advertisers are appreciated.

5 comments:

Helen Holshouser said...

Very interesting, I am looking forward to more discussions, as I need help understanding all of this dna info!

Helen Holshouser said...

Very interesting, I am looking forward to more discussions, as I need help understanding all of this dna info!

Peggy Coffey said...

I am wondering if I should get my father's genealogy testing done. He is 89 and the last of his family. I have been doing genealogy for a while and have traced the families back to the 1700's. Should I or not?

Derek Davey said...

Yes, I would have him do the testing.

LouAnn Corrigan said...

Yes, Peggy, I agree with Derek! Because your father is the last of his line, this will be the last opportunity to have his dna results for his descendants and descendants of other males with his surname to use. It could help people who are trying to prove/discover which paper trail to follow, especially the male surname line. You remember how difficult it could be to know which person in the old records with the same name was the right one? Some weren't even related, but had the same full names. It could also help you go back further than the 1700s and link with families in Europe in the 1600s whose descendants have had dna testing. How exciting!