DNA testing stories

DNA Matches Shed Light on a 3XGG | It Can Happen!

DNA Matches Shed Light on a 3XGG | It Can Happen!

Your DNA matches can give you clues to the identities of your unknown ancestors! Here's how Susan learned more about a mystery birth father: her 3X great grandfather. Susan from Grass Valley, California has long wondered who was the biological father of her 2X great grandmother, Cornelia Ann. “She...

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Y-DNA | Scottish Clan Revealed–and More

Y-DNA | Scottish Clan Revealed–and More

Y-DNA can reveal a Scottish clan connection! A researcher uses YDNA to trace her Canadian great grandfather's origins, and finds much deeper roots in the MacDougall clan. (Oh, and some more recent connections, too.) Margaret Clarke of British Columbia, Canada, set out to trace the lineage of her...

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Combining DNA Test Types for Shared Surnames

Combining DNA Test Types for Shared Surnames

Combining DNA test types is a great strategy for tackling specific family tree questions. Here’s how one researcher used YDNA + autosomal to explore whether shared surnames in an ancestral place meant everyone was actually related.

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XDNA: A Case Study

XDNA: A Case Study

This XDNA case study shows how XDNA may give you clues about how you’re related to your DNA matches and who your common ancestor might be. XDNA is an excellent genetic genealogy strategy!

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Korean Adoptees | Free DNA Testing | Advice and Support

Korean Adoptees | Free DNA Testing | Advice and Support

A Korean adoptee (KAD) who did DNA testing to explore his birth roots shares his feelings and recommends support organizations—including free DNA testing for Korean adoptees. Back in 2019, we shared an unforgettable story about two sisters born in South Korea. Separated as children, they were each...

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Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Learning about her father’s birth family led to his adoptive family—and his own childhood. Thanks to DNA testing for family history and some diligent genealogy research, now she knows more about his TWO families.

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Help DNA Matches Find Answers

Help DNA Matches Find Answers

Pay it forward! It can feel just as rewarding to help your DNA matches break down their brick walls as it can be to solve your own family history mysteries. Check out this inspiring story—and how easy it was to help.

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DNA: Finding an Immigrant Ancestor

DNA: Finding an Immigrant Ancestor

Finding immigrant ancestors—and tracing them to an overseas birthplace—can be challenging. Here’s how one researcher used DNA to confidently identify an ancestor’s family and place of origin. His methods led to a new cousin—and a Portuguese branch on his family tree.

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