What is DNA?

What is DNA?

What is DNA? Here are answers about deoxyribonucleic acid and genetic testing. Use DNA tests to learn more about your family history or health. See how we can help!

read more
Can a DNA Test Be Wrong?

Can a DNA Test Be Wrong?

Can a DNA test be wrong? Usually not, and very rarely yes. Here we bust 3 common misconceptions about why you may think your Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA or Living DNA results are wrong. And, if you have unexpected results, what to do next.

read more
From DNA Match to Family Reunion

From DNA Match to Family Reunion

I just got invited to a family reunion by a DNA match! Here’s how to find fellow descendants of common ancestors on your DNA match list. (Whether to invite them to a party, sight-unseen, is up to you.)

read more
DNA Mystery Match? How to Respond

DNA Mystery Match? How to Respond

“A mystery DNA match messaged me! What do I do now?” Read this great advice on responding to unexpected DNA connections such as unknown birth relatives, written by genetic counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick.

read more
Y-DNA “Paternity Test” for an Ancestor

Y-DNA “Paternity Test” for an Ancestor

Y-DNA isn’t quite a “paternity test,” but can help you solve paternity mysteries, including those for your male ancestors! Here’s how one man used YDNA to help identify an ancestor’s birth father.

read more
Y-DNA Haplogroup E: E1b1b and E1b1a

Y-DNA Haplogroup E: E1b1b and E1b1a

Y-DNA haplogroup E, with subgroups E1b1b and E1b1a, is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Africa. Explore its deep origins, variant names (E-M2, E-M215, and E-V58), global spread to Europe and the Americas, and and consider the best YDNA test for African origins.

read more
CRI Genetics | DNA Test Reviews

CRI Genetics | DNA Test Reviews

In this CRI Genetics review, we measure their DNA test against the two things a consumer DNA test for family history should provide: ethnicity reports and DNA matches. This is how CRI Genetics stacks up.

read more
YDNA Haplogroup J | J1 and J2

YDNA Haplogroup J | J1 and J2

Y-chromosome haplogroup J, and its subgroups J1 and J2, are connected with origins in the Arabian Peninsula, Southern Europe and North Africa, and among many men of Ashkenazi Jewish, Arab Bedouin, Uygur and Uzbek origin. Explore J haplogroup maps and history here.

read more