Y-DNA testing can be helpful for male DC offspring who want an idea what ancestry their donor came from. While it discovers the ancestral origins (which may or may not be accurately portrayed in the paternal lineage due to adoption, infidelity, illegitimacy, etc), it can be a last choice resort for offspring who are at a dead end in their search. There have been documented cases of male offspring finding their biological fathers by doing Y-DNA testing, and using the surname to find the donor --- usually they know a location and profession, say a doctor in a certain city, and then search that surname for doctors in that city. Please refer to the post "Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk in your...DNA?" for a more in-depth explanation of the science behind genealogical DNA tests.
The Genetic Genealogist: Familybuilder Announces DNA Testing
December 9, 2008
Similar to a move made by myHeritage a few weeks ago, Familybuilder has announced that it will offer genetic genealogy testing to its customers. As a part of a launch of this new product, Familybuiler is offering both Y-DNA and mtDNA tests for only $59.95 until January 1. After that, the price will be $89.95.Based on the demo account, it looks like the Y-DNA test includes 17 markers. Although this isn't many markers, $3.52 per marker is a great price.Familybuilder is planning to continue to develop their genetic genealogy offering: "Currently in development is the ability to create Groups around surnames, families, and other criteria as well as the ability to Compare DNA." From the press release:"Up to now, genealogical DNA testing for the masses has been cost-prohibitive," said David Rheins, CMO of Familybuilder. "We are excited about the launch of Familybuilder DNA, and believe that this tool will help millions of customers better understand the origins of their heritage and ancestry. We are very focused on developing the Familybuilder DNA product line, and have plans to roll out additional tests and future functionality, including the ability to search our DNA database to identify living relatives with whom you share DNA."Interestingly, Familybuilder is one of the top 50 Facebook applications. Will this motivate Facebook genealogists to enter the field of genetic genealogy? And, if they do, will those results be available to others to compare with without using Familybuilder?By Blaine Bettinger