DNA Reconstruction Test

Compare an individual’s DNA to potential relatives’ profiles.

What is a DNA family reconstruction test used for?

DDC can provide reliable DNA results for complex family cases. Do you have a family puzzle and you’re trying to put all the pieces together? When close potential relatives are unavailable for testing, there may be other relatives who can help to fill in the gaps and determine a child’s genetic relationship to the family. DNA Family Reconstruction Testing is a series of tests that can help you get accurate answers fast. The report is posted to your secure online account 5 business days after all samples have been received at the lab.  We specialize in complex cases. Contact our experts today for a free consultation.

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once all samples arrive at the lab.

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Our in-house team ensures accuracy.

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We keep you informed every step of the way.

Not sure which relatives are most ideal for testing? Our experienced case specialists can help determine the best way to solve your family puzzle.

Reasons to get DNA Family Reconstruction Testing

  • To confirm the truth about a biological relationship
  • Medical history
  • Social Security benefits
  • Inheritance claims
  • Immigration cases
  • Insurance claims

Results are completely confidential, and your private genetic information is never shared with or sold to outside parties. See our privacy policy here.

Testing Options for Family DNA Testing

Legal: Legal test results for this type of testing can be submitted to court as legal proof of a biological relationship. DDC coordinates DNA-sample collection at an approved location near you. The professional collector then compiles all identification, completes paperwork for the test, and sends the package to DDC for testing.

Personal Knowledge: If you need results solely for peace of mind and not for legal reasons, you have the option to collect your DNA at home and send it to DDC for testing. Keep in mind results are not court-admissible.

TIP: If you think you may need results for court in the future, we suggest you do a legal test in the first place so you only have to test once.

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More about this Test

Q: What is a DNA family reconstruction test used for?
A: Most often, it is used to confirm if a child is related to the possible father’s close relatives, when the possible father isn’t available for testing. And there are other scenarios when this series of tests can help solve complex relationship questions. When you call for a free, no-obligation consultation, one of our DNA experts investigates every avenue with you and determines who should participate in testing to obtain the most conclusive results possible.


Q: How many people need to participate in a family reconstruction test?
A: The minimum number of participants is 2. There is no set number of people who need to participate, as each situation is unique and this question is answered on a case-by-case basis. A general guideline is: the more close relatives who can test, the better! Our DNA experts can help to determine who and how many people should test.


Q: Can cousins participate in a DNA family reconstruction test?
A: No; the closer the potential biological relation to the  person in question, the better. For example, if you’re trying to determine whether or not a child is a member of a possible father’s family, the best participants would be possible paternal grandparents or aunts and uncles of child. Biological cousins wouldn’t share enough DNA with the child to be helpful in confirming a family relationship.


Q: Can a DNA family reconstruction test be used for legal reasons?
A: Unlike paternity tests and grandparent tests, most courts are unlikely to accept results for a family reconstruction test, but it really depends on the individual case. If you need results for court, establishing inheritance rights, or other legal reasons, be sure to discuss possibilities with one of our DNA experts.
Q: Can DNA be collected at different locations?
A: Yes, DNA can definitely be collected at different locations. We understand extended family members are usually spread out, and so the price of testing includes shipping of DNA-collection kits to however many family members are participating in the test.