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  • DNA Testing and Genealogy Research

    Are you related to who you think you are?  Would you like to know if a possible person, and therefore an entire new line in the family tree, is related to you?  One of the new advances in genealogy research is the DNA test.  It has become popular for situations where two researchers wonder if the families they are working on actually could be related.

    To understand how these tests work for our purposes you need to know a bit about DNA.  The DNA in everyone contains certain configurations, or ‘markers’, which remain intact from one generation to the next.  One set of markers is only passed on by the mother, the mtDNA.  Because of its presence your mtDNA will be the same as your mothers, your grandmothers and proceeding generations.  At the same time there is a Y-line DNA that is only passed on by the father.  Likewise this DNA is the same back through the generations. 

    The significance of this is that now you have the ability to show that at some time in history two family lines were crossed.  You will be able to trace family lines using the numeric code all DNA types are given and look back at those who are your ancestors, and eliminate those who may have the same surname but not the same ancestry.

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