You are about ready to have a cousin take an autosomal DNA test. Make certain that they are aware that taking this test could expose family secrets. Most people are aware that a test could reveal that they have children others have not known about or that even they did not know about.

But the DNA test could reveal more. It could reveal that a parent or grandparent is not their biological grandparent. It could also reveal that one of the testee’s relatives–including siblings, aunts, uncles, and others–either had children of which no one was aware of or whose biological parents were not who they thought they were.

It is important to remind the testee that the secrets that may be revealed may not just be about them.

Check out Ancestry’s current DNA prices–maybe you can purchase your own kit or a test kit for that relative you’ve been wanting to ask.



One response

  1. The results were definitely surprising in my case, although not immediately. A “new” cousin contacted me several years after I was tested. The cousin wants me to tell the bio dad. No, definitely not my job!

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