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.

12 Comments

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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