Have you ordered your first DNA test kit and are wondering what it will look like and how you will use it? Or are you considering doing a DNA test to help with your family research and want to learn more before you order - what's in the kit and how you physically take the test?
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!
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.
All males inherit Y-chromosomes from their father - through his father, his father, his father, etc - represented by the direct paternal line as per the blue boxes on the 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.
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.