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Give Your DNA to Ancestry.com and Find More Cousins
By: Cindy Wendland
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Ancestry.com helps you build your family tree. It goes further and lets you and others share their work. This helps people complete ancestral lines that were formerly dead ends. Now Ancestry.com offers a DNA service that allows them to match family to you based on your DNA.

This DNA saliva test takes 6–8 weeks. Once analyzed, it will help discover your genetic cousins. Over 400,000 people have already taken this test or been genotyped. It’s another interesting way to find more cousin matches. Ancestry.com claims to offer the most comprehensive family history experience. They offer you a list of DNA member matches so you can compare and explore potential new family ties.

Ancestry.com has few competitors — FamilySearch.org and WorldVitalRecords.com. The main service they offer of searching their main databases and maintaining your family tree online is free. Other services that offer you access to additional databases and information carries a monthly fee. The DNA service is also a paid service that is a great brand extension. The work is done for you. You just have to make contact with some of the people Ancestry.com uncovered as potential family relations.

The scary part is your DNA is now in files and recorded somewhere. If only we could get criminals interested in their genealogy, we might save time for prosecutors.

   

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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