Fitting into Your Genes Molecular Genealogy

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^ A primer on deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ^ Locating a testing company ^ Using DNA results to compliment your research ^ Joining a DNA project f t sounds like something right out of a crime scene investigation: You swab your cheek, send the sample off to a lab, the results are analyzed, and presto! You find the identity of that long-lost ancestor. Although the science behind molecular genealogy traces its roots back to identifying individuals from crime scenes, it is not advanced to the point where you can simply take the test and watch your entire genealogy unfold.

Although it is just one of many tools to use in documenting your research, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing holds great potential for the future of genealogy. You may be familiar with the use of DNA testing in identifying the remains of Nicholas, the last Czar of Russia, and his family; the debate about the last resting place of Christopher Columbus; or the true fate of Jesse James. The methods used in these investigations are the same methods that you can use to compliment your documentary research.

In this chapter, we provide an overview of how DNA testing works, where you can order tests, and what to do with the information that you discover during the testing process.

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