DNA testing is the gift that gives twice. Once to the person you give the kit or upgrade to and once to you, presuming you’re related to the recipient.
Actually, that’s not quite the whole story – it’s the gift that keeps on giving – forever.
If you’re testing Y DNA, who knows what descendants of a common ancestor hundreds of years ago will come along and want to know about the story told by that ancestor’s DNA. And that information can only be found by testing direct paternal line descendants of that man today. Everyone descended from that man but not on a direct paternal (surname) line needs someone who does carry that surname to test.
Same story for mitochondrial DNA – except fewer people have tested, so it makes those tests even more valuable. They document the direct matrilineal line – your mother’s mother’s mother’s line on up the line until you run out of mothers.
And autosomal DNA – well – that’s like winning at the cousin slot machine. When your results come back, the cousins just come pouring in. It’s jackpot day!
Family Tree DNA’s holiday sale continues, with new weekly discounts arriving every Monday. If you are a customer and don’t received your coupon in an e-mail, just sign on to your account and your package awaits you on your home page.
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