DNA Ancestry Search Websites
The new frontier in family history research appears to be in DNA testing. Services have sprung up around the world offering DNA ancestry testing for a fee that can be upwards of $300. Most services have websites with information on how and what they test and offer downloadable information kits, with some even claiming to be able to link people to well-known figures from history.
However, the growth in this new field of research has also attracted criticism. Some scientists and geneticists say the tests are essentially meaningless in terms of showing reliable links to ancestral origins. The results are probabilities and aren’t conclusive; for example, in terms of ancestral origin to a geographic area, a guaranteed link can’t be established.
Other experts are uneasy about these services because the databases of samples are limited and rely on assumptions that may not be accurate. Each individual has a set of genes derived from thousands of ancestors, and these tests can skew the picture by looking so far back into the past.
There are no genetic ancestry testing standards or framework to make the results better understood to people who want an insight into their ancient ancestry.
A good discussion of this new area of research with useful links to DNA project websites, such as surname or regional, is available on the genealogy reference site genuki. Other sites can be found by searching for DNA ancestry projects online.