One question that often crosses every person’s mind is, “Where do I come from?”. This question can now be answered by the new advances in ancestral DNA testing. With one test, we can analysis your family’s genetic ancestry.
Take a look into your DNA to discover your own individual genetic ethnicity. Who were your ancestors? Compare what you already know or may think you know about your family history. It could take your search in exciting and surprising directions.
DNA Fingerprint Test
It is an extensive autosomal breakdown, which analyzes your entire genome and compares population matches and principal ancestries.
This type of DNA is passed along by a mother to either male and female offspring. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is contained in the cytoplasm of the cell, rather than the nucleus. Your mtDNA is the same as your mother's mtDNA, which is the same as her mother's mtDNA. mtDNA changes very slowly through generations, so it cannot determine immediate relationships as well as it can determine general ancestry. If two people have an exact match in their mtDNA, then there is a very good chance they share a common relative on the maternal side, but it is hard to determine if this is a recent ancestor or one who lived hundreds of years ago. Keep in mind with this test that a male's mtDNA comes only from his mother and is not passed on to his offspring.
Y Line Tests
More recently developed, the Y chromosome in the nuclear DNA is now utilized to establish family ties. Usually referred to as Y DNA or Y-Line DNA, the Y chromosomal DNA test is only available for men since the Y chromosome is only genetically passed down through the male line from father to son. Tiny chemical markers on the Y chromosome create a distinctive pattern, known as a haplotype, that distinguishes one male lineage from another. Shared markers can indicate relatedness between two men, though not the exact degree of the relationship. Y chromosome testing is most often used by individuals with the same last name to learn if they share a common ancestor or to find out ethnicity and geographical origin.