After much pre-publicity, DNA Ancestry is finally here.
Since I haven’t tried this yet myself, and it’s pretty much news for all of us, I know about this much:
You buy a kit, swab the inside of your cheek, just like in the CSI shows, send it back to Ancestry and they will process your results and mail them back to you. Your results can also be added to an Ancestry database to be compared with other people’s results or be kept totally private. DNA matches are communicated anonymously.
Please open this user-friendly PDF called DNA Ancestry and read all about the process. They say it as well as it can be said.
What DNA Ancestry Tests Can Reveal
The DNA testing offered by DNA Ancestry reveals family relatedness – your genetic (DNA) connection to individuals to whom you are related. These test results can:
* Introduce living cousins who never knew each other existed.
* Help you prove your genetic relation to a specific individual.
* Map out locations where genetic cousins – individuals with whom a person shares a Genetic connection – live.
* Break down the barriers where traditional family history searches have gone cold.
* Predict the group (called a haplogroup) ancient ancestors belonged to thousands of years ago.
* Trace the migration patterns ancient ancestors followed as they left Africa.
What DNA Ancestry Tests Won’t Reveal
The DNA Ancestry tests do not provide definitive information that identifies an individual specifically. DNA Ancestry test results will NOT:
* Reveal your exact relationship to another individual, only confirm that a relationship does exist. For example, a Y-DNA test could verify that you’re related to a co-worker, but it can’t determine that you both share the same great-grandfather.
* Provide definitive conclusions regarding a propensity toward diseases or other medical conditions.
* Disclose information about an individual’s inherited traits, such as eye and hair color, height and other similar traits.