Do you get both maternal and paternal lines with this test?

asked on May 26, 2015

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This is autosomal DNA testing. It is used to locate relatives (cousins) from all parts of the family tree, so is both male and female in that regard. Maternal line testing is different (mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA) and used to look at the direct maternal line, as is the paternal line testing (yDNA), which is likewise used to look at the direct paternal line.
If you want to examine the direct maternal or paternal lines, you'll need those kits from FamilyTreeDNA

Zombeezy
· June 20, 2015
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No you only get 1 graph. 23 and me is the one you want if you want maternal and paternal lines
Amazon Customer
· April 28, 2017
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Not distinct, separate lines, no. But you do get those results, just mixed up.
AncestryDNA tests only autosomal chromosomes; that is, non-sex chromosomes. These are the 22 chromosomes everyone has regardless of gender. That means your results will show both your parents' ancestry, even if you're female, but it'll be … see more
Not distinct, separate lines, no. But you do get those results, just mixed up.
AncestryDNA tests only autosomal chromosomes; that is, non-sex chromosomes. These are the 22 chromosomes everyone has regardless of gender. That means your results will show both your parents' ancestry, even if you're female, but it'll be combined - you won't be able to tell which parent provided which country or DNA result.
For maternal- and paternal-specific ancestry (mtDNA and YDNA, respectively), 23andme provides this testing. AncestryDNA stopped doing it in 2014 (see https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/12/comments-on-y-dna-and-mtdna-tests/).
I recommend doing both AncestryDNA and 23andme for a more comprehensive picture of your background. And if you're female, ask a male relative (father, brother, paternal uncle) to do 23andme so you can extrapolate your paternal YDNA and haplogroup, since females do not carry the Y sex chromosome. Again, this is not available via AncestryDNA.
If you are only interested in overall, general, "big-picture" results, and aren't concerned with specifics like which part of the world your maternal/paternal line came from per se, or your haplogroups, then AncestryDNA is the way to go. see less
Not distinct, separate lines, no. But you do get those results, just mixed up.
AncestryDNA tests only autosomal chromosomes; that is, non-sex chromosomes. These are the 22 chromosomes everyone has regardless of gender. That means your results will show both your parents' ancestry, even if you're female, but it'll be combined - you won't be able to tell which parent provided which country or DNA result.
For maternal- and paternal-specific ancestry (mtDNA and YDNA, respectively), 23andme provides this testing. AncestryDNA stopped doing it in 2014 (see https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/06/12/comments-on-y-dna-and-mtdna-tests/).
I recommend doing both AncestryDNA and 23andme for a more comprehensive picture of your background. And if you're female, ask a male relative (father, brother, paternal uncle) to do 23andme so you can extrapolate your paternal YDNA and haplogroup, since females do not carry the Y sex chromosome. Again, this is not available via AncestryDNA.
If you are only interested in overall, general, "big-picture" results, and aren't concerned with specifics like which part of the world your maternal/paternal line came from per se, or your haplogroups, then AncestryDNA is the way to go.

lefteyetwitch
· April 3, 2017
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If you have your parents take tests as well it will indicate which line the results are from. I had my mother and my father's brother (my father passed away) take the tests. For my mother it is a press of the button to see her lines. It does not work that way for my uncle. I am able to do a few more steps and tell if someone is related to myself and my uncle but it is not as easy as the press of a button.
Julie N.
· April 20, 2019
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There's little reason you'd want mtDNA and Y chromosome haplogroup information. This is a tiny fraction of your DNA and only tells you the origins of two branches of an otherwise gigantic tree. Maternal and paternal lines tell you almost nothing in terms about your ancestral origins. They may be useful if you have a claim to a Royal throne that passes through the male lineage. That's probably not the case for most of us.
Mastersh8k
· November 20, 2018
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are you able to tell if your cousins with someone
Ed Albin
· January 5, 2017
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Do you get both maternal and paternal lines with this test?
lillan aldinger
· June 5, 2017
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I am new to this and appreciate this discussion - with thanks to others, do I have this right: Is there essentially a
choice for consumers between two types of DNA tests, the ancestry and the 23and me version? Is the implication of what Mastersh8K says that the
ancestry testing gives us a broader swath of inform… see more
I am new to this and appreciate this discussion - with thanks to others, do I have this right: Is there essentially a
choice for consumers between two types of DNA tests, the ancestry and the 23and me version? Is the implication of what Mastersh8K says that the
ancestry testing gives us a broader swath of information about a person's ancestry (because it is based on non-sex chromosomes)?
And it is also the case that this autosomal testing does not go back as far (another comment suggested about 1700) because that is how far you get DNA
from both parents? So 23and me goes back farther, but only for a much more limited part of your ancestry? see less
I am new to this and appreciate this discussion - with thanks to others, do I have this right: Is there essentially a
choice for consumers between two types of DNA tests, the ancestry and the 23and me version? Is the implication of what Mastersh8K says that the
ancestry testing gives us a broader swath of information about a person's ancestry (because it is based on non-sex chromosomes)?
And it is also the case that this autosomal testing does not go back as far (another comment suggested about 1700) because that is how far you get DNA
from both parents? So 23and me goes back farther, but only for a much more limited part of your ancestry?

M. Reis
· January 10, 2019
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No. You get autosomal results which are your genetics you share from both parents back to the last few generations only. Results end around 1700. My first ancestor in America came here in 1652 so this did me no good. Get LivingDNA if you want the most bang for your buck and best detailed results. MtDNA and Y-DNA is included in the cost of all tests
Caasi
· December 30, 2018
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