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Genetic Genealogy

DNA Testing is Not a Shortcut to Your Family’s History

Genetic testing has made family history a topic of interest to more people than ever before. But it has also provided an easy deception. While modern ancestry tests do share fascinating information about a person’s heritage, the results are only valuable, or accurate, within the context of family history research.

The Best DNA Kit Sales for Father’s Day 2018

Looking for sales on DNA test kits for Father’s Day? Or maybe you’re just looking to score the best deal for yourself? Either way, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up all of the 2018 offers to help you take advantage of the low prices and give Dad the gift of his genetic past.

The Top 4 DNA Ancestry Reports Shown Side by Side: See How Results from the Same Person Compare

If you’ve ever hoped that you could see the actual ancestry reports from these DNA companies before you purchased a kit or uploaded your raw data, you’re in luck. Today, in an effort to help you better understand how different results compare from test to test for one individual, we are going to show you actual screenshots of ethnicity reports from each of the top four kits side by side.

How to Use Your Existing DNA Test to Get a Low-Cost Genetic Health Report

Here at Family History Daily we’ve covered DNA testing for genealogy research pretty extensively, but we’ve always focused on ancestry reports, not health reports. This is because we’ve always felt that the genetic “health” information provided today, which is still very much in its infancy, could be taken out of context and possibly cause distress and confusion to some users. In fact, some data offered by certain websites seems designed to mislead.

Genetic Test Prices Drop to as Low as $49 for DNA Day 2018

April 25th marks National DNA Day, which celebrates the discovery of the double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. The National Human Genome Research Institute explains that “The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives.”

GEDmatch Offers Completely Free DNA Reports and Cousin Matches: We’ll Show You How to Use It

Some time ago, you decided that you wanted to know more about yourself and your family history beyond what the paper trail revealed, so you purchased a DNA kit. Like me, you likely had a number of questions answered and were faced with a surprise or two. If you’re the curious type (and you probably are because you’re reading this article!), you now have even more questions about your DNA results and genetic genealogy in general. Perhaps you’re ready to take yet another step and have even more questions answered. And that’s where GEDmatch comes in. Read on to find out how to use your raw DNA data to discover more about your genetic past through this free resource.

Why You May Be Reading Your DNA Results All Wrong

Millions of people received DNA tests over the holiday season and, as results start to finally roll in, many of you will be looking at ethnicity reports for the first time  – 39% of this, 22% of that, 2% of something totally surprising…it can all be very exciting. But what does it all mean? Can you really take these percentages at face value? The answer is a resounding no. While your results certainly contain truths, accepting your ancestry report without additional interpretation will often lead you to confusion and inaccurate assumptions about your family’s history.

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