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F A Q

Frequently Asked Questions.

CRI Genetics has a unique approach to genealogical testing. We are an advanced team of Geneticists, Anthropologists, and Social Scientists with the education, tools, and skills to provide you the most accurate estimation of your BioGeographical Ancestry.

We combine Genetics with Anthropology to trace the migrations of the human race. When we test your DNA against the samples from around the globe, we can figure out where you fit in the rich history of our species.

Unlike some companies who claim to compare your DNA against thousands of genetic markers in order to compile your reports, we only look at 642,824 specific markers that are backed by scientific research to be the most relevant to tracing ancestry. If we were to compare thousands of other markers, it could skew the results. Our goal is to provide you with the most statistically likely estimation of your ancestry, not impress you with big misleading numbers.

It’s a refreshingly simple 3 step process:

  • You will receive our DNA testing kit within a few business days of your order.
  • Your kit will come with step-by-step instructions about how to collect and send us a DNA sample. Long story short: You rub your cheek with a swab we provide you, seal it in a bag (also provided), and mail it back to us with the postage paid envelope (also provided in the kit).
  • After 6-8 weeks of deep DNA analyzation at our state-of-the-art laboratory, you will receive an email linking you to all of your information on our website. Then, you just enjoy exploring your new treasure trove of information about yourself!
Women can take the Autosomal DNA Test featured in our Basic Ancestry package. Autosomal DNA Tests have no gender restrictions because they test specific markers across your entire genome. The only DNA tests that are restricted by gender are Y-DNA Tests, which trace direct paternal lineage. Women do not have a Y-Chromosome, so they cannot take a Y-DNA Test.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to provide a 100% correct evaluation of your ancestry without having DNA samples from every ancestor going back 200,000 years.
However, we are able to provide a research-grade estimation of your BioGeographical Ancestry. Our approach to genealogical testing is much like predicting the weather: it’s not possible to be 100% correct all the time, but we can at least be mostly correct most of the time by observing patterns, knowing history, and using statistics.
Your “BioGeographical Ancestry” is a description of your place in the evolutionary and geographical history of our species. It’s simply a breakdown of where your genes come from, according to the results of your DNA tests.
Some might define it as “race” or “ethnicity,” but we don’t feel that these terms adequately communicate the complexity of the science and history behind the information that we give you.
The simple answer to this is no. Our tests will identify your most statistically likely BioGeographical Ancestry, but the results are not intended to provide legal proof that you belong to a specific race. Many of the reasons why are detailed in the answers to previous questions. Race is a complex thing to define when ancestral genes are not passed down in a consistent, predictable manner.
Many users are attempting to verify Indigenous American ancestry. If that’s the case for you, check with the rules of the specific tribe you think you might belong to, as each tribal government has its own set of laws as to how to identify indigenous citizenship. For example, many tribes will recognize your citizenship ONLY if your indigenous heritage is through your mother. In this example, even if your father is 100% Indigenous American, you won’t qualify for tribal citizenship. Again, laws vary from tribe to tribe, so go by their guidelines if you’re trying to verify Indigenous American ancestry.
Also keep in mind that the complex anthropological history of human migration can allow for someone of European descent, whose family has been in Europe for centuries and only intermingled with other Europeans, to have some ancestry from the other haplogroups around the globe. Such a person could have up to 10% Indigenous American BioGeographical Ancestry, despite having a family history of never setting foot in the Americas.
At CRI Genetics, we take your privacy and security seriously. We protect ALL of your information using standard security practices when we store your DNA sample, your DNA test results, and any other personal information. In our storage facilities, we do NOT label your results or sample with your name or any other identification information.
Your DNA data is YOUR property and we treat it as such. You can choose to download the information yourself and you can even instruct us delete and destroy all of the information we have. We absolutely do NOT share your name or any other identification information without your explicit consent.
If you have any additional questions that cannot be answered here, or if you prefer to place your order over the phone rather than online, feel free to give us a call at: 1-800-571-9216.
We’re also available by email at: Support@CRIGenetics.com