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DNA - An Amazing Tool For Family Research

October 9, 2017

Once again the science of DNA has helped me find and solve another family mystery. This is the 4th time that using DNA has been able to definitively prove family relationships and I think it is amazing.

 

When I first decided to have my own DNA tested, it was to prove/disprove an old family legend, one that claimed some of my paternal relatives were Native North Americans. The testing disproved this myth, but in the process provided me with a lot of additional insight into my own heritage. My initial test was done with Ancestry.com using their mitochondrial test, the DNA test which uses both your X and Y chromosomes. Your X chromosomes are those passed along through your paternal ancestry while Y chromosomes (which only males have) are passed unbroken from father to son.