How can I get a blood dna test done for genealogy?

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I need to know how much Indian dna I have. I would like to see what other background dna that I have. Does anyone know where I can get a blood dna test done without it costing a lot?
asked in Genealogy Help by Wendy Verostko G2G Crew (970 points)
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Indian as in Native American or Indian subcontinent?

It isn't a blood test, but you might consider FamilyTreeDNA: http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/native-american-ancestry.aspx

answered by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (464k points)
After you get your results, then you should also upload them to www.gedmatch.com  The tools there are good at identifying Native American segments and percentages of different ethnicities.  GEDmatch is a free site supported by user donations.  Sincerely, Peter
Indian as in Native American
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Not sure what your price point is, but for $99 plus shipping you can get a quite thorough DNA analysis done at https://www.23andme.com

This is not a blood test, you simply submit an amount of saliva in a test kit that they provide.

This will give you an ethnic analysis as well as a lot of other information.
answered by Toby Rockwell G2G6 Mach 2 (24.9k points)
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I am not an expert on DNA.  However, I will offer my views which I hope will prove helpful.  First read DNA TESTS on Wikipedia.

AUTOSOMAL DNA:  Most frequently done test at lowest cost.  Spit into tube to collect sample.  Excludes genes associated with sex type.  Great for finding close relatives and approximate geographical areas where they lived.  Only accurate to about 4 generations.  Cost about $100.  Ancestry does autosomal testing only.

Y-DNA: paternal line ONLY.  Can go back 10 generations or more.  Cost can be double or triple autosomal DNA.  Wipe inside mouth with cotton swab, place in sterile envelope and send for testing.

mtDNA: mother BRANCH of your tree.  Includes both males and females going backward.  Cost should be around $100, but I'm not sure.  This test is probably accurate for approximately 10 generations.

FORENSIC DNA:  These tests cost about $300 PER SAMPLE.  They are done by oral swab.  Company recommends doing TWO samples to determine validity.  If you want to use for genealogy, SPECIFY THIS WHEN SAMPLES ARE SUBMITTED.

DNA matching depends on size of the population being measured, one reason autosomal testing is useful.  Anyone taking this test is included in the analysis.

However, certain gene pools like American Indian have few members relative to others (like Scandanavian, German, Russian, etc.).  This means ERROR estimates for Indian ancestors is quite large.  Accuracy is poor.

If you really want to know about Indian ancestry, it would be VERY helpful to determine if ancestor was on your maternal or paternal side.  If branch is known, running mtDNA or Y-DNA might be the best way to find an ancestor.  Downside is that number of people taking mtDNA and Y-DNA are much lower than autosomal DNA.  The conundrum is better accuracy but a smaller gene pool to find ancestors.

Since the Government has benefits for people with Indian heritage, I'm sure there are organizations that can help you find how to determine Indian ancestry.  For instance, I belong to several organizations that focus on Eastern Europe.

You may want to get autosomal DNA test first and see what happens?

By the way, I am interested in the VEROSTKO (VEROST?) surname.  Please contact me on Wikitree.  Thanks.  Good luck.
answered by David Miller G2G Rookie (230 points)

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