Using DNA Testing for Your Genealogy Research

Is one of your resolutions this new year to learn more about your origins? After spending so much time with your family this past holiday season, you might be eager to explore your ancestry — even if you’re not keen on spending another 10 hours with your talkative uncle any time soon.

You can certainly glean a lot about your past through your living relatives, and surely the older generations in your family would be happy to regale you with tales of their youth — but for a more clearly-defined picture of your distant past, conducting genealogy research with DNA testing is your best option.

Genealogy research doesn’t have to involve tracking down long-lost relatives or visiting multiple graveyards, courthouses, or libraries. With the developments in scientific technology,  simple DNA-testing — involving a non-invasive cheek swab at Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit — can help you fill in the gaps when it comes to your genealogy research. Here’s how.

How to Use DNA Testing for Genealogy Research

Use DNA Testing to See Where Your Ancestors Lived

Because similar genetic markers are shared among regional populations of human beings, you can use DNA testing to learn where your ancestors originated or settled. At Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit, we’ll take your DNA testing results and compare your genetic information gleaned from DNA testing to other peoples’ genetic information contained in extensive DNA databases. Armed with this data, you can more accurately pinpoint where your ancestors came from, furthering your genealogy research.

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Both men and women are able to conduct mitochondrial DNA testing that reveals more about their maternal line. Some mitochondrial DNA tests involve more genetic markers, which allow you to learn more about your specific surname than general DNA testing.

Since women lack the Y chromosome, only men can trace their paternal line through Y-DNA testing. As with mitochondrial DNA testing, there are specific tests involving more genetic markers that make it easier to track a more limited family line. For more comprehensive genealogy research, we recommend males pursue DNA testing for both paternal and maternal lines.

Connecting With Relatives

Once you have the results of your DNA testing, you can make contact with others who have a similar genetic background. Connecting with distant relatives will allow you to further exchange information about your family history, painting a fuller portrait of your complex ancestry. There are countless stories and details you can gain through meeting up with relatives discovered through DNA testing — and without these details, you would not have complete genealogy research.

Get DNA Testing in Lee’s Summit at Test Smartly Labs

At Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit, we offer multiple types of DNA testing that will further your genealogy research. Choose from our ancestry DNA testing — a cheek swab test that yields results within weeks — or our ethnicity testing that can determine your genetic makeup, including Native American, Asian, Sub-African, Eastern European, or Jewish roots.

To get started on your genealogy research or to learn even more about the DNA testing offered at our walk-in facility, call Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit today at (816) 875-9301.

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