Discovering La Famiglia: DNA Testing for Family History Research

Roslyn tested with Ancestry.com and was surprised to see that she inherited a "french connection" from her German/Croatian mother. Her Southern Italy DNA mostly came from her father whose Molise family lines she can trace back to the early 1700s. She received a small portion of her Italian DNA from her mother's side as the Italian DNA encompasses part of present-day Croatia. Roslyn tested with Ancestry.com and was surprised to see that she inherited a "french connection" from her German/Croatian mother. Her Southern Italy DNA mostly came from her father whose Molise family lines she can trace back to the early 1700s. She received a small portion of her Italian DNA from her mother's side as the Italian DNA encompasses part of present-day Croatia.

This month was are taking a break from Italian civil records and are going to investigate DNA testing as I am guessing some of you may have received test kits as gifts last month.

Types of DNA Tests
There are three main types of kits sold for consumer DNA testing: Autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA. The most common is autosomal which is the type of test that are in the kits sold by Ancestry, 23 & Me, FamilyTree Family Finder, and My Heritage. Because you inherit equal amounts of DNA from your parents, the Autosomal DNA tests allow you to explore both sides of your family tree.

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