I'm interested in taking a DNA test, which test is right for me?
This depends on your objective! There are three types of DNA tests that target different parts of one's DNA, an overview of each will follow, then the most common of scenarios will be addressed for you to make an educated decision.
*A "Qualifying Kent Male" is a living male who's father genetically descends from a strictly patrilineal KENT ancestry (his father, paternal grandfather, etc., were all KENT descendants) in order to isolate the DNA results from their Y chromosome.
atDNA (Autosomal DNA) testing is highly recomended to both males and females as a powerful genealogical tool and one's involvement after taking an atDNA test (referred to as the "Family Finder" test at our preferred testing company, Family Tree DNA) largely depends on one's genealogical goal (if any). The results of this test will reveal one's predicted deep ethnic makeup and provide a robust database of personal genetic connections from each of one's four biological grandparent's family branches. Most participants have provided direct email addresses to further promote collaboration.
mtDNA (Mitocondrial DNA) is not often used for genealogy purposes but will provide the "ancient origin" results of the mitocondrial DNA that is received from one's biological mother. Both males and females inherit mtDNA, but only daughters pass on mtDNA throughout the generations. This type of DNA mutates so slowly over hundreds and/or thousands of years so it can be challenging to utulize the results along with traditional paper-trail genealogy due to women often adopting their husband's surname (although there are scattered reports of success in this respect). Beyond exploring one's ancient origins, testing specific individuals to determine whether they have a matrilineal connection can be useful. Mitocondrial DNA should not be confused with the "X" chromosome that every child inherits from their biological mother.
MOST COMMON SCENARIOS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION! [06 MAY 2016]
"Family Tree DNA Releases myOrgins" by Roberta Estes (11 May 2014)