Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to Find DNA Cousins

Use WikiTree to identify potential DNA matches—genetic cousins. This variation on targeted testing can help you explore whether you’re related to a specific ancestor. In the opening scene of the animated movie Aladdin, a traveling salesman is trying to sell us a...
How to Take a DNA Test if You Can’t Spit

How to Take a DNA Test if You Can’t Spit

DNA tests from 23andMe and AncestryDNA require saliva. What if you (or your relative) can’t spit to provide the sample? “My uncle has severe Alzheimer’s. I have tried to get enough spit from him for AncestryDNA to test but have been unsuccessful. What should I do?”...
Using DNA to Find an Orphan’s Family

Using DNA to Find an Orphan’s Family

Can you use DNA, inlcuding Y DNA, to find the family of an orphaned ancestor? This scenario considers YDNA and autosomal DNA testing for finding the missing family of an Italian orphan. As part of a Legacy Family Tree Q&A series I did recently, a participant named...
Disproving a DNA Claim

Disproving a DNA Claim

Is it possible to disprove someone’s claim of a DNA relationship? Here’s some advice from genetic genealogist Diahan Southard. While doing a Legacy Family Tree Webinar series recently, I received the following question from Jim: “I’m trying to learn a little...