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Genealogy Guide: DNA & Genealogy

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

In recent years, Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) DNA testing for genealogy has become increasingly widespread, because it can answer questions that traditional genealogy often cannot. Individuals can learn about unknown branches of their family, discover living relatives, and, in some cases, unearth family secrets. Still, genetic genealogy comes with significant challenges, and making genealogical discoveries through DNA can take patience and effort.

Thanks to Rachel Unkefer for assistance in editing this guide and ensuring accuracy, and to the Genealogy Institute's 2023 Intern Elan Rabiner for his contributions.