DNA Basics

Mayflower Descendant Badge

If you have a Mayflower Descendant badge displayed in the Badges section of your dashboard,  the badge means that you a probable direct-maternal or direct-paternal descendant. In 1620, a group of 102 English Separatists arrived in [...]

Our Three Basic Tests

We offer three basic types of tests: Family Finder (autosomal DNA), Y-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Note: Click on the blue boxes () below for information on each topic. Our Family Finder test focuses on autosomal DNA, which [...]

Paternal Lineages Tests

Your direct paternal lineage is the line that follows your father’s paternal ancestry. This line consists entirely of men. Y-DNA follows the direct paternal line. Your Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) can trace your father, [...]

mtDNA (Maternal Lineage) Tests

Your direct maternal lineage is the line that follows your mother’s maternal ancestry. This line consists entirely of women, even though both men and women have their mother’s mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This means that fathers do not [...]

Autosomal Test (Family Finder)

Our autosomal test is known as Family Finder. This test is designed to find relatives on any of your ancestral lines within the last five generations. Family Finder uses autosomal DNA, which is the mixture of [...]