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Genetic genealogy is rapidly becoming a trustworthy and often preferred alternative to traditional genealogy research methods.
Obviously genetic genealogy cannot completely eliminate traditional genealogy research methods. It is in fact somewhat reliant on them since there are obviously not DNA samples of every one of your deceased relatives, but genetic genealogy can be used to verify existing genealogical research.
As genetic genealogy expands it will become even more effective in doing what it all ready does. It can be used to verify family relationships, confirm relations among surname variants, extend your genealogy and leave a living legacy. Imagine how much easier it will be to find a lost relative when a large DNA database has been established and all you have to do is give a DNA sample and the matches will be automatically found for you. Though it is still relatively in its youth, genetic genealogy shows that the future of genealogy has arrived.
As many know Y chromosomes are passed on from father to son. What many don’t know is that the Y chromosome is passed on virtually unchanged. This can be very useful in genetic genealogy and is the most used form of it. If someone suspects that they are a relative of a deceased man they can find out for sure through a simple DNA test. One simply needs to know of a direct ancestor of that man and then when both are tested, Y chromosomes can be compared and a match can be verified.
You may be wondering what mtDNA testing is. The “mt” stands for mitochondrial, a term we won’t go into too deeply, since the important fact is that mitochondrial DNA is inherited maternally. As such, mtDNA testing is used to trace a person’s maternal heritage.
This is an important form of DNA testing as the majority of genealogists are females. Females often lose track of their maternal lines over time as they marry and have their surname changed. By going through mtDNA testing one can learn more about their maternal lineage.
It is easy to see why genetic genealogy is rapidly spreading in popularity and use. Its accurate and speedy results make it an excellent genealogy resource.
About the Author:
Kent Fairbourn is the Great Grandson of John A. Scorup (a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame) and a Client Account Specialist for 10x Marketing, an Internet marketing company. Go now to Relative Genetics to learn more about Genetic Genealogy.