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Many family questions can be answered with a simple DNA test.  From a child’s paternity to your ethnic origins can be answered with one simple test. DNA testing can find lost family members, confirm relationships, find your family line (family tree) and answer other nagging family relationship questions.

Frequently Asked Questions About DNA Testing:

A painless cheek swab is used to collected a DNA sample.

Legal DNA Testing – Used in court proceedings like custody hearings or proving kinship in probate proceedings.

Immigration DNA Testing – DNA identification to assist organizations in defining relationships for immigration and international adoption purposes.

Individual DNA Testing – Secure, accurate and confidential DNA profiles for individual use like Tribal enrollment.

Our DNA test are all conducted with similar methods.  Its the purpose of the test or how you plan to use your results that will determine what type of test you need.  To determine the right test for you, our trained testing professionals will guide you in choosing the correct test for your needs.

Results times will vary according to the test.  One of our testing professionals can answer wait times specific to our different DNA test options.

DNA tests can be completed at any age.  Anyone under the age of 18 will require approval from their guardian or parent prior to testing.

Types of DNA Tests

Paternity and Maternity Tests – A paternity test establishes genetic proof whether a man is the biological father of an individual, and a maternity test establishes whether a woman is the biological mother of an individual. Tests can also determine the likelihood of someone being a biological grandparent to a grandchild.

Estate Tests – Estate tests or probate tests help prove family relationships in cases of estate settlement.

Tribal Enrollment – Tribal enrollment tests are DNA tests that can aid a person who is seeking to be added to membership registry of an American Indian tribe.  Each tribe sets its own enrollment criteria, but in general, it is necessary to prove one’s heritage with a tribe.  This can be shown through DNA testing of the person seeking enrollment and a person who is already on the tribe’s enrollment list.

Immigration Use – In order to transmit U.S. citizenship to a child born abroad, among other requirements, there must be a biological relationship between the child and a U.S. citizen parent or parents.  Genetic testing is a useful tool for verifying a stated biological relationship in the absence of sufficient other evidence to establish such relationship. Commonly tested relationships that may be used to establish paternity and/or maternity in citizenship claims arising from birth abroad to a U.S. citizen father or mother include father-child, mother-child, child and full brother or sister, child and half brother or sister, and avuncular relationships (child and paternal aunt/uncle/grandparent)., full. DNA testing is the only biological testing method currently accepted by the Department to establish a biological relationship. (From United States’ Department of State)

Individual Forensic Testing– DNA testing may be conducted when there is a suspicion of infidelity, fraud investigations such as in vehicle accident disputes or DWI charges among others.  Choosing to proceed with forensic testing is a personal decision and we suggest talking with one of our representatives for more information.

Ancestry – Find out where you came from.  DNA testing can provide you undisputable evidence to your lineage.  For genealogists, DNA testing is an exciting new tool in mapping the family tree.