You Shouldn’t Delay DNA Testing: Here’s Why

Since DNA testing — particularly ancestry testing — isn’t always viewed as a necessity, sometimes people feel they can push off their testing. While this certainly isn’t the case in terms of legally-needed processes, like immigration DNA testing or testing for criminal cases, when it comes to other types, people think the test can wait. We’re here to tell you that when the time comes, you will appreciate having your DNA test results already.

Here are the main reasons why now is the time for DNA testing!

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Four Reasons Why Now is a Great Time for a DNA Test

Every new year, we notice an increase in interest for our DNA testing services. Since we pride ourselves on being discreet and respecting our clients’ privacy, we can’t say for certain why DNA testing spikes in popularity in the winter months — but we have done some thinking on the matter and identified 4 reasons why DNA testing seems well-suited for this time of year.

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Learn More About Your Birth Parents or Relatives

People visiting testing offices for a number of reasons. Some need to prove a biological relationship for legal reasons. Some are simply interested in learning more about their ancestry. Some are undergoing the immigration process. And some are adopted, seeking more information on their biological parents and other birth relatives.

There are a number of legal steps one can take to learn more about biological relatives, including birth parents. Here’s where you can start.

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How Does Immigration DNA Testing Work?

Immigration policies have been under a microscope lately, with political debates about immigration reform swirling and high concerns about refugee admission. Since we are an AABB-accredited lab, we know all about how biological relationships are established and confirmed during the immigration process.

Here’s how DNA testing fits into the immigration petition process:

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Are You Making These Mistakes During Your Ancestry Research?

Ancestry research can be a long, slow, frustrating process. It takes time to pull information together, whether you’re gathering it from books, online, family records, or simply talking with your relatives. If you’re not careful, there are some mistakes you can make as you go through this process. Let’s examine some of those mistakes and how correcting them can help you get answers and save time.

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Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent

The second Sunday in September is National Grandparents’ Day. We know you love your grandchildren, and it’s important to know what legal rights you have as a grandparent. Exactly what those rights entail vary based on your situation, and it varies from state to state. Missouri has its own regulations regarding grandparents visitation and even legal guardianship. Continue reading “Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent” »

Parents: Have You Thought about a DNA Test for Your Adopted Child?

For many families, adopting a child is the culmination of years of dreaming. Bringing a child into your family can be incredibly rewarding, yet in some ways, difficult. After all, as a parent you want the very best for your child — but when key information, such as their biological family health history, is not available, providing the best care can prove hard.

Fortunately, DNA testing can provide some answers that adoptive parents may seek.

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What Form of Paternity Testing is Best for Me?

There is a variety of paternity testing available to help parents confirm the paternity of a child. Today we’ll take a look at your paternity testing options. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should be aware of all the facts.

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What is AABB-Accredited DNA Testing & Why Does It Matter?

Due to the prevalence of mail-order DNA test kits, more people are trying to learn about their genetic background.

However, DIY DNA testing isn’t the most reliable despite the promises made by manufacturers. Let Test Smartly Labs explain what it means to be an AABB-accredited lab and why this accreditation is so important when it comes to DNA testing.

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How Can a Genealogy Hobby Help Police Catch a Killer?

Most people take up bowling or pottery for hobbies, but there is a group of people who enjoy genetic genealogy to help them to relax. Thanks to these hobbyists, breakthroughs have been made in some of the most famous cold cases in the United States.  Continue reading “How Can a Genealogy Hobby Help Police Catch a Killer?” »