DNA matching is a process that you would go through if you’re wanting to determine your ancestors – whether it’s to determine your ancestry, ethnicity and/or members of your family tree.
We do DNA matching with our DNA tests – and a simple cheek swab is all we need to get started.
In DNA matching, the following types of tests may be involved.
- A Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test: tests the male line (Y chromosome) only. This may be best used if you have suspicions about family lines through stories or documents, for example to trace last names or tie your family to certain people groups or tribes.
- A mitochondrial DNA test: tests female line only. This test is also used to test suspicions about biological relationships or back up your genealogy research based on your mother’s line.
- An autosomal DNA test: this test is for anyone and is a more comprehensive test of your DNA. It checks around 1 million genetic markers and can look at matches as far back as 10 generations. This test is helpful in inheritance DNA testing.
For more information about DNA matching, visit the University College London’s information.
What will DNA matching tell us?
DNA matching can tell us a few different things:
Ancestry – learn more about the family line! An ancestry test will tell you a lot about your biological family tree – but not their medical information. Learn where your family members first originated!
Ethnicity – works like ancestry, although ethnicity often encompasses nationality, tribes, religious backgrounds, cultural origins and backgrounds. In a DNA test, things like religion or tribes are not necessarily genetic markers, however knowing if your ancestors were born in a certain location can give clues into ethnicity too.
To learn more, contact us.