Chapter 10

Fitting into Your Genes: Genetic Genealogy


check Signing up for a DNA primer

check Deciding where to test

check Searching for DNA sites

It sounds like something right out of a crime scene investigation: You swab your cheek or spit in a tube, send the sample to a lab, the results are analyzed, and presto! You find the identity of someone super-important. However, instead of identifying some master-minded criminal, you find the identity of that long-lost ancestor for whom you’ve been searching. Although the science behind molecular genealogy traces its roots to identifying individuals from crime scenes, it hasn’t advanced to the point where you can simply take the test and watch your entire genealogy unfold. But it can provide valuable evidence that you’re related to a particular family line.

Although deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing is just one of many tools to use in documenting your research, it holds great potential for the future of genealogy. You may be familiar with the use of DNA testing in identifying the remains of Nicholas, the last Czar of Russia, and his family; in debating the last resting place of Christopher Columbus; or in determining the true fate of ...

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