DNA for Genealogy
DNA is an amazing tool to support and enhance traditional research. In 2015 I did the Autosomal DNA test on myself and am expanding on this with other family members and Y-DNA tests. The results provide potential links to other people who have done the test and share DNA. I also manage the HOYLAND Y-DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA.
3 Different DNA Tests
Y-DNA - passes from father to son virtually unchanged, this can help trace your direct male line (father's, father's father etc) - Only males can take this test.
mtDNA - passes from mother to all children virtually unchanged, this can help confirm links in your direct female line (mother's, mother's mother etc) - Anyone can take this test.
Autosomal DNA - matches DNA from all branches of your ancestry with other's who've taken the test. Because the DNA you receive from each ancestor is roughly halved with each generation it is mainly effective to within about 5/6 generations - Anyone can take this test.
DNA is a Research Tool
DNA testing is an invaluable tool with potential to confirm your research and break down brick walls. It does not replace thorough research. I have many matches to follow up on both Ancestry and FTDNA. Here are some examples discovered through DNA:
If you're interested in doing the autosomal DNA test yourself, look out for special offers which Ancestry run quite regularly. You can transfer your results to FamilyTreeDNA with Autosomal Transfer without retesting and be part of a wider database. There is a small fee to unlock all the features.
FamilyTreeDNA offer Y-DNA and mtDNA tests as well as their Autosomal test (Family Finder).
GEDmatch also take autosomal transfers from other sites - they have some great tools and are free.
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