Monday, January 12, 2015

Using Y DNA in your genealogy research

The next type of DNA testing that can be done is Y-DNA. I hope that folks are getting better understanding of DNA and the various types of testing that can be used.

Y-DNA is used to determine your direct paternal family line. This type of testing can only be used by the male members of the family. Primary component of the testing is the Y chromosome and this is only passed down from generation to generation by the males. Distinctive markers in the Y chromosome identify specific family lineages. Excellent test to determine if two males are related. Goes back several generations. Common test to determine if two males share a common ancestor.

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