If you are serious about creating your family tree then you will understand the limitations of information of ancestral records. The plain truth is that even the best sources of information often have missing information or only have information which goes back a few centuries. This is where Ancestry DNA testing comes in.
You probably know about DNA. We know DNA as the technology used to track criminals and finding out the paternity of children. However, DNA tells us so much more. Using DNA testing it is possible to trace lineage back to even the Bronze Age. Imagine being able to discover your ancestry through DNA, pinpointing who your ancestors were. Ancestry DNA testing is the forefront of genealogy and gives surprising and illuminating results. You never know, you may be linked to someone very famous or notorious. It also enhances one of the best things about creating a family tree; the sense of connection to the humanity that has lived on this earth before us.
There are many different types of DNA tests which can provide you results about different things from paternity to health history. However, Ancestry DNA testing is unique and offers you a chance to dive into history. When you go back enough the diversity in your paternal and maternal lives is beautiful. There is no telling where your ancestors were from. It is possible that you had a paternal ancestor and maternal ancestor who lived in the same area 400 years ago. It is also possible that you represent the culmination of lines that started on opposite sides of the world.
OneFam offers an Ancestry DNA Test service which will aid you in discovering your ancestry through DNA. Discover the exact routes of your ancestors across time and history and see where their origins are derived from. To find out more, visit our DNA section. Now, let’s learn some more about ancestry DNA.
Types of Ancestry DNA Testing
Before diving into an explanation of the various types of DNA testing take a look at the graphic provided courtesy of SmarterHobby.
Autosomal DNA is the name of 22 chromosome pairs that have no gender influence. They are passed down randomly from both the mother and the father. This is the most ‘scattershot’ approach to Ancestry DNA testing because it cannot pinpoint relatives or tell the relationship between two individuals. Due to the amount of randomness involved 5th cousins and closer will all show a match and it will not be possible to see how closely related two people are. There is also a triangulation method, in which more people’s DNA is added until a relationship can be figured out between the matching people.
Mitochondrial DNA, as the name suggests, focuses on finding out the maternal line. This is due to Mitochondrial EVE, who is said to be the common mother of all human beings. The results are divided into haplogroups, through which one can find out where one’s ultimate female ancestor came from.
Y Chromosome Testing
Y chromosome testing, as the name suggests, helps in identifying the paternal line of a subject. Y chromosomes are only passed from men to men, so women cannot get directly tested. Thus women need to ask a male member of their family for their DNA in order to find their paternal line.
Which test is right for you depends entirely on what you want to know about your ancestors. If you want to know where your ancestors came from geographically then Autosomal DNA is the best approach to the results help establish geographical origins. If you are interested in finding out your maternal line then Mitochondrial DNA is what you need to test for. Most people are more interested in Y chromosome testing because historically family names have been passed on through the male line due to the patriarchic nature of our society.
There have been many interesting discoveries in the field of Ancestry DNA and we can only expect the technology to get better. As our database of historical and current DNA increases, we will be able to trace humanity back to its roots quickly. Getting your DNA tested to find out about your family’s history is a fantastic way to understand where you came from and what your ancestors went through. There are some caveats though and some things can be very confusing. The basic raw results of the test will be beyond your understanding and you will have to consult a professional to find out what the results mean.
Taking an Ancestry DNA Test
Undergoing a DNA test to trace your ancestors’ origins, migration routes and ethnicity breakdown is easy. The process involves the collection of a DNA sample and some laboratory testing. To find out more or complete your own Ancestry DNA testing, visit our Ancestry DNA Product page.