(Note From Vicki – Our Stateline Genealogy Club @Beloit Public Library program on July 8, 2016 will be “The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy – Autosomal DNA Testing”, webinar by Ugo A Perego.)
Article from Family Tree University – 1-13-2016
5 Myths About DNA Testing
Vanessa Wieland, Online Editor
Note from the Dean
My sister was the first one to get her DNA tested in our family, and for a long time, I just assumed her results and mine would be the same. After all, we’re full siblings, right?
This was one of the first truths I learned about genetic testing, and it’s a powerful one. While we may share a lot of traits both physically and on a chromosomal level, even having the same two parents doesn’t mean we inherited the same genes. After all, each of those two parents inherited two sets of genes, but they can only pass down half of what they inherited to their offspring. And that means that there’s quite a bit of variance possible between two people of the same tree.
So like snowflakes, we’re all special and unique, at least a little bit. But the beauty is that those traits we do share can help us discover more about our own ancestors!
Once you have your results, it’s not enough to simply compare them with your closest family (that’s only step one); there’s so much more you can learn. Genetic genealogist Blaine Bettinger provides the guidance you need with this 4-week course tackling the fundamentals of Genetic Genealogy. Read more below to avoid common misconceptions and sign up for the course today!
5 Myths About DNA Testing
Course Details: Genetic Genealogy 101
Date: 1/18 – 2/12
Length: 4 weeks
Instructor: Blaine Bettinger
Although genetic genealogy can provide you with valuable clues to your family heritage, it comes with a lot of misconceptions. To help you understand the benefits and limitations of genetic genealogy testing, here are a few of the most common misunderstandings. Mastering these will help you avoid the most common mistakes that beginner genetic genealogists make.
1. A DNA test can fill in my family tree.
Although DNA testing is powerful, it is merely one of many tools in the genealogist’s toolbox. DNA test results alone cannot fill in your family tree. For example, although a test can determine the genetic relatedness of two or more individuals, it usually cannot reveal the exact genealogical relationship between those individuals.
2. I’m terrified of needles so I can’t take a DNA test.
Good news! Although DNA used to be obtained by taking blood, getting a DNA sample now is as simple as spitting in a tube or swabbing the inside of your cheek!
3. I’d like to test my great-grandfather’s DNA, but he died years ago.
You don’t need to exhume your ancestor to get useful information from a genetic genealogy test! Genetic genealogists use their own DNA to learn about their ancestors. For example, a man’s Y-DNA was given to him by his father, who received it from his father, and so on back through time. And every one of us has autosomal DNA that we inherited from our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond.
4. Since I’m a woman, I can’t learn about my deceased father’s Y-DNA.
Although as a woman you did not inherit your father’s Y-chromosome, there is a very good chance that there is another living source of that Y-DNA. For instance, do you have a brother who would have inherited Y-DNA from your father? Or does your father have a living brother? There are usually several different sources for the DNA you’re looking for; to identify those sources you’ll need to understand how Y-DNA is passed from one generation to the next.
5. DNA testing will reveal medical information about me.
With the exception of companies that intentionally test for medical data, most genetic genealogy testing does not uncover or share any important health information about the test-taker. However, test-takers should understand that some limited medical information can inadvertently be revealed by a genetic genealogy test, especially as new scientific discoveries uncover previously unknown connections between health and DNA.
Why not take a DNA test today? (Click on these Links for the Tests:)
AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA (no relation to us) are all popular; research them and find out which one seems right for you! Take the test and sign up today to learn what the results will tell you about yourself and your family.
Genetic Genealogy 101
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
• What genetic genealogy is and how it works
• How DNA can help your family research
• What different types of DNA tests there are, and what you can learn from each one
• How to avoid common genetic genealogy misconceptions
• How mtDNA, Y-DNA and atDNA figure into your family history
• What tests are available-AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and more-and which one is right for you
• How genetic genealogy can be used to bust through brick walls
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