Friday, February 8, 2013

22 Reasons for DNA Testing

In celebration of reaching 22,222 views on my blog, I'm posting my top 22 reasons why you should have your DNA tested.  Even though there are hundreds of reasons to test your genes, you may only need one.

  1. Validate your paternal & maternal line genealogies - more
  2. Identify your paternal & maternal line deep ancestries - more
  3. Map your tribal migration - more
  4. Adds data to your entire family tree - more
  5. Identify your ethnicity - more
  6. Contact genetic cousins
  7. Helps with adoptee research
  8. Helps with genealogy research on illegitimate ancestors - more
  9. Identify health risk factors - more
  10. Validate your old world homeland - more
  11. Connect with historical events - more
  12. Jump over genealogical brick walls
  13. There is a test type for nearly every research need - more
  14. Prove or disprove oral history - more
  15. Prove or disprove genealogical theories
  16. Find out if you are part Neandertal - more
  17. An invaluable tool in your genealogy - more
  18. Connect related family lines
  19. Eliminate incorrect research paths
  20. Calculate how any two people are related - more
  21. Get a better understanding of who you really are - more
  22. Get a better understanding of what it means to be human - more
DNA tests can unlock valuable information about your past, present and future.


  1. Would love more in depth info about number 13.

    1. Hi Sara,

      I added a link to my DNA series at the In-Depth Genealogist. I review all the major test types and how they can help.

      Or feel free to contact me at if you have specific questions.