Are there any exceptions or special cases in how our DNA is inherited that would affect my predicted relationship and range?

Yes. There are exceptions to the way inheritance normally works. One example is a [...]

How will I know about new Family Finder Matches?

We will send an email notification for any new Family Finder matches determined to [...]

How does it affect my results if some of my ancestors married their relatives?

If your ancestors married their relatives, you may appear more closely related to your [...]

How does the Family Finder test differ from Family Tree DNA’s other tests?

The Family Finder test traces all of your ancestral lines. It uses your autosomal [...]

Can Family Finder tell the difference between a sibling and a cousin?

Yes. Family Finder is able to tell a full sibling from a close cousin. [...]

How much of my autosomal DNA does Family Finder test?

The microarray chip used for Family Finder tests about .024% of your autosomal DNA.

Can Family Finder show relationships between males and females?

Yes. Men and women inherit autosomal DNA the same way. Therefore, the Family Finder [...]

Does Family Finder test any mutations from inside my genes? Does it only test non-coding DNA?

The Family Finder test uses autosomal SNPs from across your entire genome. This includes [...]

How do I calculate cousinship?

To calculate the genealogical relationship between to people, compare the relationship to their common [...]

How many SNPs does the Family Finder program use to determine an Identical by Descent (IBD) segment?

The Family Finder program declares a DNA segment to be Identical by Descent (IBD) [...]

How many ancestors do I have?

The amount of pedigree collapse seen in an individual pedigree depends on local marriage [...]

How many data points does the Family Finder test use?

The Family Finder test uses the Illumina OmniExpress microarray chip. The chip includes about [...]

How many generations does Family Finder analyze or predict?

The Family Finder program determines relationships for up to five generations. We may return data [...]

How does Family Finder determine connections between cousins?

Family Finder detects your near and distant cousins by comparing your autosomal DNA with [...]

How does the Family Finder program account for the centromere?

Our bioinformatics team treats centromeres as SNP Poor regions. We use a hard stop for [...]

How does the Family Finder test work?

The Family Finder test works by comparing your autosomal DNA to that of other [...]

Will everyone in the Family Tree DNA database be available to match through Family Finder?

No. Only our customers who order the Family Finder test or transfer through the [...]

How much genetic sharing is needed for two people to be considered a Family Finder match?

For the program to consider two people a potential match, the largest matching DNA [...]

How soon will I have Family Finder results?

Family Finder results are usually completed about four weeks after we batch the order. At [...]

Family Finder says our Relationship Range is 2nd to 4th cousins. Is it possible that our relationship is more distant?

Yes. The actual genealogical relationship between you and your cousin may be closer or [...]