Paternity Testing when the Father is Deceased

Crime shows like CSI and NCIS make it seem like you can recover DNA samples from almost anything, for any reason. But many people wonder where television drama stops and reality begins. Can you recover conclusive, accurate DNA and Paternity Testing results when circumstances are not ideal? What about if the Father you want to test is Deceased?

Our Answer: With the Right Samples, we can provide an Accurate Result!

Paternity Testing on a Deceased Father

Our preferred method for collecting DNA samples is the Buccal Swab. It’s a special device that looks like a long Q-Tip, and you brush this against the inside of both cheeks. This collects a large amount of easily verifiable DNA. It’s quick, painless, and incredibly accurate.

But sometimes it’s not that simple, such as when the Father is Deceased. In these cases, we would look to “non-standard” methods of DNA Testing.

You may have other samples of the Father’s DNA, such as his blood, hair, fingernail or toenail clippings, or things of this nature. These are going to be the next best thing to provide a conclusive Paternity Test. If you’re not sure whether an item would be good to test or not, call us at 866.232.7660 and we’ll help you decide.

If none of these samples are available, then the next best option is to test close relatives of the Father. The best people, if available, are the father’s biological parents (your child’s grandparents on the father’s side). Testing both parents will help strengthen the accuracy of the result, but even just one parent would be extremely helpful.

If neither parent is available to test, there are other relatives that may be able to provide a result, but the accuracy decreases the further away the relative is biologically from the father. An Aunt/Uncle test, or a Sibling Test, are also good options to help determine Paternity.

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With over 2,000 centers nationwide, we are one of the largest, most affordable, networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles). We also offer specialty testing, such as, immigration, deceased individuals, incarcerated individuals, unborn children and more.


  • Sc says:

    My brother is deceased. He died in January. We do not have the same father. Our mother is alive. There is one child that would like to be tested for paternity. Would any of his blood samples still be available if he was in and out of the hospital? How much is the cost?

  • Jacqueline N Farnetti says:

    I am 44 years old. Both of my parents are deceased. Growing up it was sort of a joke. My mother told me she had slept with my alleged Dads cousin. She passed in 09. My alleged Dad would joke I am nothing like him I couldn’t be his. He died April 2018. How could I find out. No grandparents, cousins anything???

  • John bosco says:

    My father is deceased and there’s now an imposter claiming to have had a child with my late dad of which we never knew.
    How can I know the child is my sister now that my dad is dead ?

    • nate says:

      Hi John, that sounds like a good candidate for Relationship testing. We may be able to provide a definitive match if your dad’s parents are still living (your grandparents on the father’s side), or if he has any siblings. I’d recommend you give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we can discuss the details.

  • Stevie says:

    My daughter’s father is deceased. There are no aunts and uncles available. Her only brother as well passed, but he has a son alive. Can her test be done through her nephew?

  • Missy says:

    After recently taking a DNA test for ancestry reasons, it was determined I have a half brother. He would like to accomplish a paternity test but my dad died in 2013. I have the shirt my dad had on when he was in the hospital and his glasses. Would it even be possible to use either of them for DNA purposes? He was cremated.

  • Diane says:

    both of my birth certificate parents are deceased, rumor for years I was father by different man. I’m 70 and want to know who I am and family I belong to. Can I get DNA from hospital records from when my recorded father was in hospital and had lots of blood work also where he died ?

  • Rikki Abbott says:

    My brother passed away while his gf was pregnant. both my parents are also deceased. The state has custody of the child. Could my DNA be used to establish paternity. I am female and so is the child female, if it makes a difference


      My brother died the lady he was going with had a baby I am female my brother sister can I have dna to see if this child belongs to my brother.

      • nate says:

        Hi Bonnie, so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. I think we will be able to help. Please give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we will talk more about your situation.

        • Quanetta says:

          My son is deceased and his girlfriend at the time had a daughter after he passed. She is now eight years old and I am not sure that she is his. I am his mother. Can I have her and I tested to determine paternity?

  • Vanessa Martell-mudrovich says:

    My half brother passed away theres a baby that could be his can I test as a half sibling or how would I determine if child is his

    • nate says:

      We may be able to provide a match through relationship testing. I’d recommend you give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we can discuss the details.

    • Judi talbott says:

      My brother passed in 2015, he had a daughter he was going to get a DNA with, but also his newphew, is claiming to be her biological dad? How can we determine who’s the father? She n I took a DNA test, n it came out 93percent, my brother died, but my newphew by my oldest brother is alive, how do we known if that’s my deceased brothers child vs my newphee?

  • Robin Croskrey says:

    My son died and a girl is claiming to have his kid I am the mom can just I do the testing w mother and baby or do I need someone on his fathers side

    • nate says:

      We’re sorry for your loss 🙁 Maternal testing would prove a link between mother and baby, but not the father. If you have any hair, blood, toenail or fingernail clippings of your son, those may still have traces of DNA. Otherwise, we may be able to establish a match with relationship testing. I’d recommend you give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we can discuss the details.

  • Abera says:

    My father is died two years ago. My father has 4 children from another woman. They (by brothers) want paternity test to help them know that I am their brother. So how is the test done?

  • Brianna Solomon says:

    My brother passed away January 3rd, he supposedly has a daughter with some girl that is now claiming it’s not his child.. I have samples of his hair that the funeral home gave us, would you be able to use that?

  • link says:

    my mom and uncle are engaged in property tussle. my mother claims that he is not her father’s son though they share the same mother. both father and mother have passed. how can they determine if they share the same father.
    than you

  • Latishia says:

    My brother needs a DNA to gets his dads’ large estate. He has been dead for over 20 years with no relatives. How can my brother prove paternity?

  • Linda Merritt says:

    My son has been deceased now for 10 years n a child was born shes 9 through the court system they have me as her grandmother n refuse to allow a DNA, but I really need to know but I dont have nothing of my son NOTHING, but me n his two female siblings but my son n his sisters dont have the same father, his dad is deceased also can you please help us.

  • Prettii says:

    Hello My daughters dad is deceased for 10 yrs now,his parents are deceased and he do have siblings which all has same mother different fathers. How would I go about doing that?

  • Carl says:

    I’m 43 and have just found out that my dad’s brother (my uncle) may actually be my biological father, problem is both men and my mom have past, I have 3 siblings that are supposed to be biologically my parents, is there a way to find out which man is my father

    • nate says:

      We might be able to help you establish a likely match through Sibling and relative testing. Feel free to give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we can discuss the details.

  • Sonia Gonzalez says:

    My dad is deceased, asking with my grandparents, aunt and uncles, the only living relatives are my first cousins, could that determine familial relationship?

  • Lynn Davis says:

    Hi, My father passed away 2 years ago and I would like to prove paternity through blood which is being preserved at a local hospital here in Louisiana. My fathers next of kin his sister is willing to sign a consent to release DNA. Where do we go from here?

  • stephanie says:

    Hi My partner died 2017 in my arms at my old address and I have 2 children, my son who is 5years old now and the other( daughter) 2 and a half years old. How can I get a dna test for both my children if there father is no longer here? family want nothing to do with me so can’t do any testing at all. Just want advice on who do I contact thanks Steph

  • Elizabeth Donarence Alfaro says:

    My so called chinese father died a long time ago. My mom claimed that he’s not our real father because our real father is British,Irish,German-Actually, my grandfather, is an American Native. But surprisingly, when my son had his DNA test, it says there 35% Chinese- what does this mean?When I asked my mom she told me she’s not sure if my real father is the Chinese or the American.She’s already 94 years old and until now, she said, it keeps bugging her mind- what’s your opinion about this?

  • Tammy says:

    I recently found my biological fathers family through Ancestry. However my original birth records are sealed, and I was unable to break seal through court order. I have a half sister, and an aunt who still living. Aunt is 93 and very fearful of dna testing. Would my sister or cousin be a good candidate to confirm paternity? Or can I use hair from her hairbrush?

    • nate says:

      The more relatives dna you can gather, the better your chances of a definitive match. With your aunt and half-sister together the chances are good, and we should be able to gather DNA off of hair follicles with the root still attached. Give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we’ll discuss the details.

  • Jamie Foster says:

    My father has been deceased for years, i only met him one time as my mother gave me away when i was a baby. Is there any way to find out DNA if I do not know any of his family.

    • nate says:

      If you know any of his brothers and sisters (your aunts or uncles), or his parents (your grandparents), we might be able to establish a connection. Give us a call at 866.944.9546 and we’ll discuss the details.

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