Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Family Tree DNA - Genetic testing to answer your genealogy questions

FamilyTreeDNA have announced their latest research tool called Family Finder.

The next revolution in genetic genealogy

The science is simple—linked blocks of DNA across the 22 autosomal chromosomes are matched between two people. The degree of matching yields evidence for the relationship. You have exciting opportunities!

With our autosomal Family Finder test you may extend the power of genetic genealogy to all of your ancestors. Using a test of your own DNA, you can discover connections to descendants of all sixteen of your great-great-grandparents! The Family Finder test will not only open avenues for traditional research but will help you discover the hidden connections that could explain your family’s migrations.

Adoptees discover their heritage

With the power of an autosomal DNA test, confidently match to male and female cousins from any of your family lines. This can provide you with the clues you need to learn more about your birth parents' families.

The possibilities abound!

■ Discover Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.

■ Find Half Siblings

■ Make contact with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cousins.

When you take the Family Finder test, your results are compared against our Family Finder database. Your list of matches is designed to be quickly sorted to allow you to focus on your near or distant cousins. Email addresses are provided for easy communication with your matches. When new matches are found, we will notify you by email. Your raw data is freely available for download.

Every adopted person, or those who know that one of their parents or grandparents was adopted, will want to order a Family Finder test to help identify close and distant relatives

FamilyTreeDNA anticipate Family Finder will be offered for general release in the middle of March at the breakthrough price of $249.


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  1. Hi Alasdair,
    Thanks for posting in support of DNA testing!
    As host of the ELDER Surname project,I have been
    researching ELDER names in Scotland.
    My notes for ELDER in Sutherland and North Scotland
    John ELDER, b. Caithness in 1500's, contributed
    to MERCATOR ATLAS of EUROPE, according to online

    Also Google Books
    "Pre-reformation Scholars in Scotland
    in the XVIth Century," p. 54-55.
    "John ELDER...became tutor of the young Lord Darnley"....

    Always hoping to find our ELDER origins in Scotland.
    --Nancy Elder Petersen
    Vancouver, Washington State USA
    ELDER DNA project

  2. Dear Bill

    Many thanks for your warm welcome to the Geneabloggers family! It has been a sad week as my father passed away on Monday. He was piped in and out of the service, and at the reception after the funeral the wider family were able to share many happy memories together. He was a family man first and foremost.

    Every good wish to you,