I purchased a DNA test for my 97 year old aunt. I can no longer use it?

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I purchased a DNA test for my 97 year old aunt. I can no longer use it?
in The Tree House by Robert Tiffner G2G2 (2.8k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

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You can have her take the DNA test. There is no problem there.  To post it on Wikitree would require her having an account profile here.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
selected by Edie Kohutek
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Many of us are older and testing our DNA for our future generations to have. Each company has something available (usually) where you may list a beneficiary in the event you pass away. You will need to find someone in your family - or a very good friend of the family - who are willing and responsible, that will agree to administer your account for you when you are unable to do it yourself and who will continue to administer it after you pass. Learning centers for text help, or call the customer support line of the company you have tested with for assistance and questions about this. You can leave your results to family or friend.

However, if your aunt has already passed and has not made this choice, I'm afraid there may be nothing you can do. They cannot assume that your aunt would like for you to have it, and can only allow you to administer her account if permission was given expressly by her prior to death. Naturally, you may contact the company she tested with and discuss this with them.
by Phil Hunt G2G1 (1.4k points)
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If the test is unused, any family member can use it. They just need to set up their own account at whichever site you got the test from and register the # on the kit with the account.  But check with the site on the proper procedures.
by S Stevenson G2G6 Pilot (139k points)

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