There are many times we want to give a perfect gift. Birthdays, Christmas, anniversary, graduation, marriages, engagement, the birth of a baby and lots more. But would you like to give a perfect gift that lasts forever and can be gifted for any occasion?

HomeDNA has a deal on at the moment (until the 1st July 2018) for gifts for graduation. You can save $50 on a DNA test and get free shipping too. Check it out here.

With a DNA test your son, daughter, grandchild, nephew, niece or whoever, can look into their family and get lots of information such as their ethnicity, and their ancestors route out of Africa. It is a beautiful gift to surprise them with!

Gene – alogy!

DNA testing has been around since 2000 for genealogy. Since then there has been a continual, steady growth with more and more people taking the test; this means there are databases packed with results out there just waiting to match your DNA with the ones they have on file.

Y-DNA

You have 23 pairs of chromosomes; 22 are autosomes, and the other one is the sex chromosome, females are XX and males are XY. The test which has the longest track record is the Y-DNA, which men take as the Y chromosome is passed down from father to son, usually unchanged. As, in most cultures, it follows the same route as surnames it is a potent tool for genealogists and family historians. Illegitimate children, adoptions and name changes stop it in its track, for obvious reasons.

Many surname projects have an interest in DNA testing as surname variants can be ruled in or out easier. If you are trying to find out about your surname, and where it originated this is the test for you. If you are a female, you will need a brother, father, paternal uncle or paternal nephew to take the test for you. If you don’t have anyone to take this test, make sure you are not paying for it.

mtDNA

Mitochondrial DNA provides details about the direct female line, i.e. mother, maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother and so on. Unlike the Y-DNA mtDNA is passed to children of both sexes, so both men and women can do this test. It can help confirm the information you are not sure about on your family tree and help with those brick walls. It is also beneficial if you want to follow the female side back.

Autosomal

The autosomal DNA test looks at the autosomes, the other 22 chromosomes. This test will usually clarify you tree for about five generations. You need a well-researched family tree to work with the information you find, but it can find your matches from any branch of your tree. The information you receive from this test can ‘pad out’ your tree, but since it only goes back five generations, if you have been working on your tree for a while, you may have already passed the 5-generation mark (your g-g-g-grandparents). It will, however, link you to family you do not yet know, prove the tree you have got, break down some brick walls and help you decide on the right marriages if you are unsure.

The test itself.

The tests are usually by cheek swab or spit. When you sign up for a test the company will send you a kit with everything included to do the test. You just spit or swabh and send it back. It is that easy.

My conclusion

I have been researching DNA tests for a few days now, and I am going to do one, definitely, all I need now is to decide which test I need. Do I need just one or all of them? Do I do them one at a time or all at once? Who do I go with? After all the research I have gone with living DNA who seem to have the best results in the UK. The different companies seem to have their strong points and their weak ones too. There are many different prices out there also so watch out when you are checking them out and don’t just go for the first one, or the cheapest, or the one with everything and bells and whistles. Check you are getting what you want and need.

 


Sharon

I am a genealogist with over 30 years experience. When I started my family tree I had to drive all over the country and site for hours in libraries and archives. Today it is much simpler as usually you can find the information on the web.

10 Comments

Jennifer Etter · May 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

This is such a unique gift! I love this idea! I think this would be the perfect thing for the people that “have everything” or are really difficult to buy for. I have heard of things like this before but never knew that it could be purchased so easily. Also great to know about the test itself, seems to be rather painless! Thanks so much for sharing this information. I will be bookmarking it for sure!

    admin · May 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Jennifer, It is a wonderful gift for those people difficult to buy for, and you gain too. I have just bought my brother one for his birthday and I will get the male side of my family when he does it. If I had done it, the results would be the female side. Mothers give the X chromosome information to both gender children, but fathers only pass the y chromosome information to sons. Just typical!

    Sharon

Yemi · May 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Great idea for gifting! Would have never thought of it. But I would most likely start with giving it as a gift to myself first 🙂
You mentioned you will be doing a text yourself. Hope you share a review about it.

    Sharon Bannister · May 30, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Hi Yemi,
    I will be letting you all know what my test tells me.
    Watch out for my review in a few weeks.
    Sharon

Shalom · June 6, 2018 at 9:44 am

Great! Great!! Great!!! You’re doing a great job here. Research has a way of making us feel as we’ve known nothing. I haven’t heard of anything like this. I must say it is a perfect gift for any family especially polygamous ones. There are couples who get children outside their marriage without their spouse’s knowledge. I think this will be able to solve all their problems. Thanks for this piece!

admin · June 6, 2018 at 9:53 am

Hi Shalom, 

Yes it is great to think those children can at last find their family. They may even be able to connect to half brothers and sisters. It does make me worry a little about hidden secrets coming out though!

Thanks for your reply, 

Sharon

Edwin · June 9, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Hi Sharon,

HomeDNA, is a must have!
I am convinced almost everyone at some point in their lives have wondered about their family history.
My wife and I have been trying to find the perfect graduation gift for our nephew and this is it.
Also makes for great conversation at family gatherings.
Thank you Sharon, we really appreciate this.
Also, thank you for sharing your own family tree with us.

Blessings,
Edwin

    admin · June 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Hi Edwin, sorry about the delay in my responding.

    I am really pleased you are getting your son this. I’m sure all your family will enjoy it. I have just got my brother one and now waiting for the results which I will tell everone one here. I hope you son is as excited as I am when you  give him his.

    Sharon

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