4 FAQs About Online DNA Detectives

a DNA detective working online

Whether it’s to find a birth parent, learn more about one’s ethnic heritage, or join a hereditary society, there are many reasons why people hire online DNA detectives.

If you’re curious to learn more, keep reading to find answers to all your frequently answered questions by our team of expert DNA consultants.

#1. What is a DNA detective?

A DNA detective, or genetic detective, can take the data of an individual and use various tools to compare it against millions of other people. They can work with private individuals to help them find a biological parent or with law enforcement agencies to help them uncover new leads for cold cases.

A DNA detective often employs a blended research technique that involves traditional genealogy tools and methodologies used in genetic genealogy.

#2. What to look for in a DNA detective?

If you’re planning to hire a DNA detective, consider the following:

  • Experience in the industry: Experts who have studied genealogy and have experience carrying out genealogy investigations will be able to help you narrow down your search more effectively.
  • Customization Options: Choose a service provider who offers pre-determined packages, as well as tailored solutions depending on your research needs.
  • Great Communication: Choose a DNA consultant who understands your goals and can maintain close contact at each step of the way. They should also be able to give you regular updates about the work and discuss the research methods and databases used to solve DNA puzzles.

a bioinformatician analyzes DNA integration data

#3. How do DNA detectives work?

DNA detectives often use data from various sources to piece together complex DNA mysteries. The traditional genealogical techniques focus more on combing online databases, evaluating records, and using information provided by the client (such as surnames, locations, and dates) to trace ancestral origins.

Genetic genealogy often starts with evaluating autosomal DNA and comparing it to the publicly available information. Genealogists use different techniques depending on the type of data they have (autosomal, Y-DNA, or mtDNA). They also use various tools such as Jonny Perl’s WATO (What Are The Odds) and DNAPainter, as well as GeneticAffairs’  cluster mapping methodologies to evaluate relationships between DNA matches, and eventually build family trees for clients.

#4. How can DavisDNA help?

At DavisDNA & Family Research, we have a team of genealogy experts with decades of experience and knowledge in the field. Our traditional genealogy services include forensic genealogy methods, proof standards, DNA analysis applications, and DNA analysis limitations.

Our genealogists have helped solve many challenging cases by interpreting, analyzing, and reviewing DNA results. They also are available to train detectives and law enforcement agents to effectively and correctly use this information for cold case investigations.

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida, our online DNA analysts offer forensic genealogy and traditional genealogy services nationwide. Get in touch with us to learn more.