Sibship Test

Sibship Testing equipmentWhen the issue of sibship is in question, the recommended method to determine whether individuals are true biological siblings is to test their parents.

DNA paternity testing will provide conclusive results.

However, in situations where the alleged parents are unavailable for testing, a DNA sibship test can be performed to analyze the relationship of biological siblings.

Unlike a DNA paternity test which will always provide a conclusive result, sibship tests are different.

Based on the type of genetic material inherited by each sibling, a sibship index is determined.
  • If the sibship index is less than 1.00, this indicates non-relatedness.
  • If the sibship index is greater than 1.00, this indicates that the two tested individuals are more likely to be true biological siblings.

Sibship Testing LabThe higher the value of the sibship index, the greater is the likelihood that the two individuals are true biological siblings.

Although the sibship test will not provide you with a conclusive answer, it may be able to provide you with an indication of whether you are more likely to be or not to be the true biological sibling of the other tested individual.

When should you consider a sibship test?
  • Determination of whether two individuals are half siblings (only one parent in common.)
  • Determination of whether two individuals are full siblings (same mother and same father.) Method of choice in situations where the parents are unavailable for testing.

Contact Information

Our Office is located on the first floor of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office facility. Parking is available and we are easily accessible by public transportation.

Parentage and Identification Department
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office
11001 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

For additional information, questions and immigration cases contact:
Hristina Lekova, MS

Harmeet Kaur, Ph.D
Laboratory Director

To schedule an appointment contact:
Hristina Lekova