​​​Genealogy Detective

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Sharron Mirikitani

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA. Most DNA is located in the cell nucleus (where it is called nuclear DNA), but a small amount of DNA can also be found in the mitochondria (where it is called mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA).

Ancestry DNA  ​The basic kit costs $99, but there are periodically $79 specials. After receiving your kit and mailing back your DNA, you must enter the code on Ancestry to receive the results of your DNA. Enter the activation code ​on Ancestry.

All about Ancestry DNA.

Ancestry Academy (membership required) DNA 101: An Insider's Scoop on AncestryDNA Testing ​This is about 56 minutes long and tells you everything you need to know about AncestryDNA.

23AndMe DNA  ​The basic kit costs $99. The results are compared to others who have used this service which is not as large at the Ancestry database.

Which testing do I choose? The comparisons of your DNA to others depends on the size of the database it is being compared with.