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DNA Testing FAQs What is DNA?
What should I consider before testing my DNA?How can I learn more about DNA and how to use it?What should I do with unexpected DNA results?
Paternity Test FAQs Does the mother have to be present?If the mother is deceased or does not want to come, what can we do?How is the paternity test done?How long will the paternity test take?How long do I have to wait for my paternity test results?How do I receive my results?
Genealogy FAQs What types of DNA are tested for ancestry purposes?What is the difference between my family tree and my genetic tree?
Frequently Asked Questions by Category
DNA Testing FAQs
What is DNA?
DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the genetic code that defines each person’s biological characteristics. DNA is chains of four individual nucleotide links, the sequence of which encode our genetic information. These strings of DNA are coiled into package
What should I consider before testing my DNA?
DNA test results may reveal unexpected information about your family history, such as adoptions, unexpected paternity, etc. The affected party may be yourself or a close DNA relative—perhaps someone you know nothing about. If this new information may be u
How can I learn more about DNA and how to use it?
Consider these resources in learning more about DNA and how you can use it effectively in your own family history activities:
ISOGG Wiki—The International Society of Genetic Genealogists has created and maintains a wiki (community written encyclopedia)
What should I do with unexpected DNA results?
If you receive unexpected results, such as the identity of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, or other previously unknown relatives, be sensitive and considerate of others involved who may be affected by the results. Approach family members with c
Paternity Test FAQs
Does the mother have to be present?
If the child is a minor (younger than 18 years), the mother needs to be present to sign consent for testing for the minor child. If the child is older than 18 years, the mother need not be present.
If the mother is deceased or does not want to come, what can we do?
If the mother is still alive but does not want to be present for the test, an affidavit is required explaining why she is not present. The affidavit must be brought with the other parties.
If the mother is deceased, then the death certificate of the mo
How is the paternity test done?
a Finger prick of the parties involved to collect a small blood sample
How long will the paternity test take?
The test itself takes approximately 20 minutes
How long do I have to wait for my paternity test results?
Approximately 10-15 working days
How do I receive my results?
You have options to choose from that you indicate on the form
What types of DNA are tested for ancestry purposes?
DNA can provide information in different ways to help you identify your related family members and ancestors, depending on which part of the DNA molecule is used. Typically, four types of DNA are used to discover more about your ancestry:
What is the difference between my family tree and my genetic tree?
Your family tree is what has been documented over time through family history records and often reflects relationships, some of which may not be biological. Your genetic tree consists of the relatives with whom you share DNA, which you mutually inherited