So, you've decided to test your DNA or that of another family member? Not sure how? Well, once you've decided who to test and selected the appropriate test type, ordering the test kit is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps and your Family Tree DNA test kit will be ordered and on its way!
Family Tree DNA hosts a large number of DNA project groups for the benefit of its customers. Included are thousands of different surname projects, geographic projects, haplogroup-specific projects, lineage projects and private family projects.
When you test your autosomal DNA, your X-DNA is also examined and included in your raw data &/or match results. When you match someone on your autosomal DNA and also share segments on the X-chromosome, the unique inheritance pattern of X-chromosomes can help isolate your common ancestor to particular lines of your ancestry.
Everyone inherits autosomal DNA from their parents: 50% from each parent, which contains a random mix of DNA segments from their parents, their parents, their parents, back for several more generations.
Everyone inherits mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from their mother - through her mother, her mother, her mother, her mother, and so on - represented by the pink boxes on the pedigree chart below.
Once your DNA results have been released, you'll be keen to start emailing your closest matches, especially if any of their surnames or places look familiar. If you are new to genetic genealogy, follow the tips below to help you get a better response to your enquiries.
Could your family history research use a bit of a rev-up? A DNA test will spice things up a bit and get you following up some of those long-unfinished cousins' lines in your tree!
For those venturing into the fascinating world of DNA testing for family history, be prepared for the occasional influx of emails from prospective relatives. Autosomal DNA tests such as Family Tree DNA's Family Finder test have the potential to find hundreds of matches, initiating many new contacts via email.