Best DNA Test

You are ready to take a DNA ancestry test to perfectly understand your family’s past, but you are not so sure of which one to go for. You are not alone on this. For a reasonable cost, a whole lot of excellent ancestry tests for genealogy purposes are available now. But taking up the right one can be so confusing.

The best ancestry test for you all boils down to the kind of questions you would like answers to. There are mainly three tests you could do.

  1. Y-DNA: Your father’s, father’s, father’s line, this one traces.
  2. MtDNA (Mito or Mitochondrial): Your mother’s, mother’s, mother’s line this one traces.
  3. atDNA (Autosomal): And lastly, this one traces all your ancestral lines and gives your ethnic make up to you.

Y-DNA and mtDNA only gives you information about one ancestral line each, while atDNA will give you information on all your ancestral lines. Compared to two hundred thousand years with the other types of tests, it only has a reach of about three hundred years.

Y-DNA and mtDNA will let you know where that one particular ancestral line came from. E.g East Asia. They will as well give you the crude migration routes the particular ancestors engaged in because they both go back about two hundred thousand years to Africa.

atDNA can let you know roughly the percentage of your DNA that is from Asia, Africa or Europe e.t.c

On a sub regional level, it will give you rough estimates as well e.g, France/Germany, Central Europe. But it is not likely to pinpoint a particular country. It only gives crude estimates currently and will continue to refine over time. It makes for a perfectly okay picture still which kids can print out and take to school.

Y-DNA can connect you to cousins who share same surname with you.

MtDNA can connect you with cousins on your mother’s, mother’s, mother’s line but it is the least useful of all the three tests. An exact match can mean a common ancestor many years ago instead of many hundred years ago in the case of Y-DNA.

If you got European ancestry, atDNA can connect you with close to five hundred to one thousand cousins you didn’t know are in existence. The majority will be unknown cousins who are related to you through unknown ancestors way beyond your ancestral axis. Your Best DNA Test is one that will give you as precise information about your genealogy as can possibly be obtained.

 

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