Top Genetic Genealogy Tools
7/23/2014
We share the best databases, apps and other tools for your genetic genealogy research.
More genealogists than ever before are turning to DNA testing to explore their family trees. In addition to traditional Y-DNA and mtDNA tests, which examine your paternal and maternal lines, testing companies now offer autosomal DNA testing lets you explore the rest of your family tree. And third-party sites let you do even more once you have your DNA results in hand. Start your search for genetic genealogy tests and tools with these companies and resources.
 

Testing companies

Considering a genetic genealogy test? Look to these leaders in the DNA testing field:

23andMe
This test provides information about your Y-DNA (if you’re male), mtDNA and autosomal DNA. Using innovative, visually appealing displays, the Ancestry Composition tool reveals the percentage of your DNA from each of more than 20 populations throughout the world. The Relative Finder tool compares your DNA to other test-takers in the company’s database in order to identify genetic relatives, although you’ll be able to communicate with matches only if they’re interested in sharing with you. You also can learn about your genetic predisposition to certain diseases and conditions, response to certain medications, and physical traits. Don’t forget to check out Ancestry Labs for an estimate of your Neanderthal ancestry.