the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale project
our project page on the Family Tree DNA website
This section will tell you more about how DNA testing can assist in our project.
DNA testing is a new tool available to family historians - it cannot replace traditional genealogical research using original records, but it can provide confirmation that we have reconstructed our family trees correctly, and used with care can also show us new avenues to explore when trying to knock down those brick walls.
The three different types of DNA test available for genealogical purposes are used in different ways, and to work out WHICH test is right for you, it is important to ask yourself 'What do I hope to discover?' and then check that the test you choose is the RIGHT one to answer that question!
The 'fishing trip' is an approach used by many of the people who simply jump in to DNA testing without understanding what the different tests can tell you ... to make the best use of this clever new tool .... read on
How to learn more about DNA testing from some experts in the field
A simplified explanation of the three different types of test, and what each one is best used