Comparing the 5 Major DNA Tests: A Conclusion

Comparing the 5 Major DNA Tests: A Conclusion

If you're having trouble deciding what DNA test is right for you, we've got you covered! In this seven-part series, genealogist and DNA expert Shannon Combs-Bennett has given an in-depth look at 5 of the major DNA tests on the market. After receiving her results from all 5, Shannon shares her conclusion on testing.
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DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) structure, illustration.

Over the past six weeks, I have described my personal experiences with the Big Five DNA testing companies on the market. The Big Five includes:

Family Tree DNA

AncestryDNA

MyHeritage DNA

23andMe

Living DNA

Hopefully, you can agree with me when I say each one is unique, and why answering the questions “which one is best” can be so tricky. Honestly, it depends on what you want to get out of the test. Just keep a few of the following points in mind.

Have fun with it

Taking a DNA test is for you and your family. Make the journey fun, educational, and relax!

Read up

Read what you can online or in books so that you can understand the benefits of DNA testing. Never forget, new tools and techniques are being developed. Just like genealogy research, DNA research is not a stagnant field.

Big revelations can happen

That being said, only test if you really, really want to find out what your DNA will tell you. Remember you might find long-hidden secrets. Think about how you might react if you discovered a new sibling, cousin, aunt, or uncle.

Not everyone will reply

Lastly, while it may be frustrating when a match does not write you back, they could be utterly overwhelmed and frustrated. Someone who has no science background can be very flummoxed by this whole process. Often, they need time to understand before reaching out to a match. Can you relate to that? Just reach out to them, and hopefully, someone will reach back. I waited seven years for a response!

A few final words

I do hope you take a DNA test if you have not already. Even if it is for yourself, you can learn a lot about your family through that simple saliva test. Of course, once you do it, more members of your family may want you to show them the results. Which is a great time to get them to take that test too! Alright, maybe I am secretly hoping one of you reading this can help me break down a family brick wall. But DNA testing is an excellent tool to have in your genealogist toolkit.

Happy ancestor hunting everyone!


2018 Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference

If you want to further your knowledge of genetic genealogy, don’t miss out on the 2018 Fall Virtual Conference! This conference will include the following Genetic Genealogy Track:

Beginners and more advanced genetic genealogists alike will find plenty of tips and resources they can do with their tests with these presentations:

Advanced GEDmatch Tools and Strategies

GEDmatch offers plenty of resources for testers from any company. In this presentation, we’ll cover some of the more advanced Tier 1 and free tools.

Phasing

In this video presentation, you’ll learn how you can use phasing in your DNA testing.

7 Things You Can Do with Your DNA Results

In this video presentation, learn seven different ways you can use your DNA results to enrich your family history research.

Calculating DNA Relationships

In this presentation, we’ll cover the ins and outs of calculating DNA relationships, especially when the relationship is unknown or not clear.

Don’t miss out, sign up today!

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