Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Family Tree DNA launches genealogical autosomal test

Family Tree DNA has announced the pre-launch of a new DNA test type for genealogical purposes which it has dubbed the 'Family Finder' test. Rather than concentrating on Y-chromosome DNA for the surname line, or the incredibly slow mutating mitochondrial DNA from the maternal line, this form of DNA is sourced from both parents and can be taken by both men and women, allowing you to 'discover connections to descendants of all sixteen of your great-great-grandparents'.

For more on the story visit, whilst for the potential of the new test, a useful blog post at may help to decode it all a little!

A list of frequently asked questions from FamilyTree DNA also provides some useful context at

(With thanks to both Debbie Kennett and genealogynews via Twitter)

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