Why can’t females take a Y-DNA test?

A Y-DNA test, also known as a paternal lineage test, looks at the Y chromosome. The Y chromosome is one of two sex chromosomes, X and Y. Sex chromosomes carry the genetic code that makes […]

What are Factoid tests? What will I learn?

Autosomal DNA Inheritance 1 2 3 Father’s Father Father Father’s Mother You Mother’s Father Mother Mother’s Mother Among the many advances and discoveries of modern DNA and genetics are ‘scientific’ oddities. These genetic wonders make […]

What is an autosomal DNA SNP test? What is the Family Finder test? What will I learn?

Autosomal DNA tests utilize DNA from the 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes. Autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents. Therefore, an autosomal DNA test may be taken by either a male or a female. Autosomal […]

Should I upgrade to additional Y-Chromosome (Y-DNA) STR markers? What more will I learn?

You should test more Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) STR (short tandem repeat) markers when you want to compare additional markers against others with similar results. Our motto could be: Test only what you need, and upgrade […]

Our Three Basic Tests

What is the CCR5 test? Is it a genealogical test?

Among the many advances and discoveries of modern DNA and genetics are ‘scientific’ oddities. These genetic wonders make it into popular culture and develop a life there that far outpaces their academic worth. These factoids […]

Should I upgrade to the Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test? What more will I learn?

The Mitochondrial DNA Full Genomic Sequence test is also called the Mega test or mtDNA Full Sequence test. This test will: Return results for all three parts of your mitochondrial DNA. HVR1 – 16001 to […]

What is the mtFull Sequence (mtDNA) test? What will I learn?

A mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test looks at your female-inherited mitochondrial DNA. Historic records are often inadequate for women’s history. Maternal DNA testing offers you the opportunity to at least partially overcome that barrier, and by […]

What is Y-chromosome (Y-DNA) SNP Testing? What will I learn?

A Y-DNA test looks at male inherited Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA). The Y chromosome is passed on from a father to his sons. Thus, it is only found in males. Y-DNA testing can then be used […]

Ordering a Test

You may learn more about each type of test we offer with our Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy.

What is a Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) STR test? What will I learn?

A Y-DNA test looks at male inherited Y-Chromosome DNA. As the Y-Chromosome is passed on from a father to his sons, it is only found in males. Y-DNA testing can then be used to trace […]

Do you have a test that will tell me what proportion of my ancestry comes from different ethnic groups and populations?

Yes. The Family Finder test includes the myOrigins tool. It finds the amount of ancestry DNA from different population groups.

Can I test to determine if I have ancestry from one ethnic group such as Native American, Jewish, or an African group?

Yes. Our tests may be able tell you if you have ancestry from a particular group. Our Y-DNA tests trace the direct paternal line. This is your father’s father’s father. This is the best test to use […]