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    I am a female but can only do DNA for my mother's line. How does a female prove that her father is her biological father? Is there a test to prove this? My father's been dead for many years but I look like him and so do my son's. What if there was not any likeness? On the Maury Povich show, when a paternity DNA test is done, whether male or female, Maury says, "You Are The Father"! What kind of test tells this?

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    Nancy, that would be a simple paternity test. But if you don't have the father to test against it would be more complicated!

    I am no expert but my dad has had a maternity test and I believe it is the same kind of thing. It goes SOMETHING like this: Every child receives 50% of their DNA from their mother and 50% from their father, therefore a female child will carry DNA from their father - just not the Y-DNA! I think that a test is more accurate if you have a child and BOTH parents tested - but it can be done with just child and one parent if necessary.

    I'm afraid I don't know what they do when the father is no longer alive, it often depends on the company that you go to. If you search for a mainstream DNA company instead of a Genealogy DNA company you will no doubt find out more. We used a company based in England - I forget the name! But try a google search for "DNA paternity testing".

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      I just remembered - Cellmark was the company that we used!

      http://www.cellmark.co.uk/whatispaternitytesting.html

      That link gives you some details.

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        Proof Of Father

        Hi Clare, Thanks for your reply. I understand it a little more now. Nan

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