Why take a Y-DNA test?

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A Y chromosome DNA test (Y-DNA ‘genealogical test’) is used to explore a man’s patrilineal or direct father’s-line ancestry. The Y chromosome, like the patrilineal surname, passes down virtually unchanged from father to son. Y-DNA marks the path from our direct paternal ancestors in Africa to their locations in historic times.

If two individuals’ test results are a perfect or nearly perfect match, they are related within a genealogical time frame. Y-DNA tests are typically coordinated in a surname DNA project. And each tester receives the other’s contact information if okayed by both.

Women who wish to determine their direct paternal DNA ancestry can ask their father, brother, paternal uncle, paternal grandfather or a cousin who shares the same surname lineage (the same Y-DNA) to take a test for them.

Why not consider adding the results of a Y-DNA test for a male relative carrying the family surname to your estate plan records? This information will become increasingly important to the next generation as developments in genetic DNA continue to advance.

Time permitting, Family Matters will work with you at no charge to determine the best type of DNA test — Y-DNA, mtDNA and atDNA — for you and/or your family and which testing company best suits your needs. If desired, we can talk through how you might consider setting up a DNA testing plan for your family — as well as specifics about pricing and lead times — plus the best sources for learning more and referrals to DNA specialists, if desired.