There are three main types of DNA tests on the market: Y-chromosome (or Y-DNA), mitochondrial (or mtDNA), and autosomal. Each test produces different information.  I had my DNA analyzed at https://www.familytreedna.com/ (Y-DNA & Autosomal DNA) and ancestry.com (Autosomal DNA).


Y-DNA tests

Because Y-chromosomes are passed from father to son virtually unchanged, males can trace their patrilineal (male-line) ancestry by testing their Y-chromosome.


Since most females don’t have Y-chromosomes, they can’t take Y-DNA tests (though their brother, father, paternal uncle, or paternal grandfather could).


Y-chromosome testing uncovers a person’s Y-chromosome haplogroup, the ancient group of people from whom one’s patrilineage descends. Because only one’s male-line direct ancestors are traced by Y-DNA testing, no females (nor their male ancestors) from whom a male descends are encapsulated in the results.


mtDNA tests

Mitochondrial DNA tests trace people’s matrilineal (mother-line) ancestry through their mitochondria, which are passed from mothers to their children.


Since everyone has mitochondria, people of all genders can take mtDNA tests.


Mitochondrial DNA testing uncovers a one’s mtDNA haplogroup, the ancient group of people from whom one’s matrilineage descends. Because mitochondria are passed on only by women, no men (nor their ancestors) from whom one descends are encapsulated in the results.


Autosomal DNA tests

Autosomal DNA tests trace a person’s autosomal chromosomes, which contain the segments of DNA the person shares with everyone to whom they’re related (maternally and paternally, both directly and indirectly).


Because everyone has autosomal chromosomes, people of all genders can take autosomal DNA tests, and the test is equally effective for people of any gender.


Autosomal DNA tests can confirm ethnicity percentages and close relationships with a high level of accuracy.



Furr Matches (both tests) – the first person listed is a direct Y-DNA confirmed relative


Kenneth Ray Furr (John Furr 1752-1827 NC)


Carson Ray Turner (Paul Furr 1754-1837 NC)

Doyle Wayne Furr

James Henry Furr

Jimmie Dean Furr


William Upshur Furr (Leonard Furr 1758 NC - 1835 MS)

Richard Purnell Furr

Lester Lott Furr

Carl Travis Furr


William Frazier Furr (Henry Furr 1762-1851 NC)

Allison Furr Caldwell

Anna Carol Furr

Clayton Anderson Furr

James Edward Furr III


John David Furr (Jacob Furr 1763 – 1785 NC)

Derek Shane Furr



Y-DNA Results (click here)



Autosomal DNA Results