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Genealogy > DNA
Over the past few years, a few companies have started offering DNA testing for genealogical
research purposes. Of course, DNA has been in use for many years for law enforcement
/ criminal forensics, as well as for paternity tests, law suits, etc. Currently,
there are three major players in genealogical DNA testing -
All three also provide information on potential DNA matches (i.e. possible relatives).
Below is how Ancestry shows the DNA matches (presented in order of closest relation,
so parent/child, 1st Cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, 4-
Ancestry DNA currently has over a 1 million people in their DNA database.
MyFamilyTree DNA’s database is currently about 750,0000. They also offer more sophisticated
(and expensive) DNA tests -
23 and Me also has over 1 million people types, but has a slightly different marketing
model. Their test, which is more expensive as well, does however provides you with
I’d highly recommend you do one of these. You can learn a lot and have a lot of fun for less than $100. You might be surprised too...