Our autosomal test is known as Family Finder. This test is designed to find relatives on any of your ancestral lines within the last five generations. Family Finder uses autosomal DNA, which is the mixture of DNA you received from both parents (about 50% from your mother and about 50% from your father). Because autosomal DNA is a mixture of your mother’s and father’s DNA, it is unique to each person. Both men and women can complete this test.
Please note that this test cannot distinguish between matches from your mother’s side versus your father’s side.
If you are trying to confirm a relationship with someone else who is a third cousin or closer, the Family Finder test is recommended. We will provide you with the name, email address, and genealogical information your matches have shared. You will be able to communicate with them freely to find your common ancestors.
Our Family Finder also has a component called myOrigins. This component gives you a breakdown of your ethnic makeup by percent. myOrigins compares your DNA to reference populations around the world that have been tested through scientific research. Your myOrigins results can go back in time much further than your matches.
The most important thing to remember is that receiving your results from Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is just the beginning. Since this is a relatively new field of science, changes to your results are anticipated as our information and technology improves. As the tools used to analyze your results are refined, you will have access to this new analysis. And as our database increases, you will receive email notifications about new genetic matches. These updates and advancements will be available to you over time at no additional charge.
Transfer Your Autosomal Results
You may also transfer your autosomal DNA results from our competitors 23andMe© and AncestryDNA™. For information on transferring your autosomal DNA, please see Autosomal Transfer.