How Can DNA Testing Help with Genealogy Research?

There’s no better time to start a family project than the summer. Journeying to family reunions and gatherings can spark the imagination and begin an urge to explore one’s ancestry (even if you’re in no hurry to spend another 10 hours in the car with your bickering children and snoring spouse). 

There is a lot to learn about your past through living relatives, and older generations in your family are surely pleased to flood you with tales of their youth. For a clearer picture of your distant past, however, starting your genealogy research with a DNA test will provide the best results and an excellent place to start.

 Researching genealogy doesn’t have to mean tracking down long-lost family members or visiting multiple cemeteries, libraries, or courthouses. Thanks to the developments in scientific technology, a simple DNA test with nothing more than a non-invasive cheek swab at Test Smartly Labs can help you put the puzzle pieces together when it comes to your genealogy research. Here’s how:

Using DNA Testing for Genealogy Research

Find Out Where Your Ancestors Lived

Because similar genetic markers are found among regional groups of people, DNA testing can help you learn where your ancestors may have originated or settled. Test Smartly Labs will take your DNA test results and compare the genetic information gleaned from the DNA to other genetic samples contained in extensive DNA databases. This data can help you more accurately pinpoint the area where your ancestors originated, furthering your genealogy research.

Test Mom & Dad to Discover the Roots of Your Surname

Women and men are able to undergo mitochondrial DNA tests that reveal extensive information regarding their maternal line. These types of DNA tests involve more genetic markers, which gives you more insight about a specific surname. More general DNA tests can’t dig that deep.

Only men are able to trace their paternal heritage through Y-DNA testing as women lack the Y-chromosome. Similarly to mitochondrial DNA testing, there are specific tests involving more genetic markers that make it easier to track a limited or sparse family line. Test Smartly Labs recommends that men pursue DNA testing for both paternal and maternal lines for more comprehensive results to use in their genealogy search.

Connect with Long-Lost Relatives

Your DNA test results will allow you to reach out and find others who have a similar genetic background. Connecting with these long-lost relatives will allow you to piece together more information about your family’s history, completing the puzzle that is your complex ancestry. Relatives often have valuable stories and details that you may have missed had you not discovered these people through DNA testing. Without these priceless details, it would be difficult to complete your genealogical research.

Test Your DNA in Kansas City

At Test Smartly Labs, we offer a variety of DNA testing that will expand your ancestry research. Choose from our ancestry DNA testing or our ethnicity testing that can determine your genetic makeup. Learn more about your Native American, Asian, Sub-African, Eastern European, or Jewish roots. Our tests are non-invasive; just one cheek swab yields test results within weeks.

To get started on your genealogy research or learn more about DNA tests, call (816) 800-9699 or contact Test Smartly Labs today.  Visit any of our five locations in the greater Kansas City area!

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