DNA Testing

DNA testing is easy and painless. It involves the following steps:

  1. Order the testing kit over the internet from FamilyTreeDNA.
  2. Receive the testing kit via US Mail in about 1 week.
  3. Swab your cheek with the enclosed swab. (Detailed instructions are included with the kit).
  4. Complete the FamilyTreeDNA form.
  5. Return the swab and signed paperwork to FamilyTreeDNA via US Mail.
  6. In 4 or 5 weeks you will receive a notice via email that your results and DNA matches are available on FamilyTreeDNA's website.

You should order the Y-Chromsome 37-marker test (Y-DNA37) or even better, the 67-marker test (Y-DNA67) if it is within your budget. A 111 marker test is also available but it is quite a bit more expensive. The 12-marker test and 25-marker test were once common but are now considered to be inadequate to distinguish detailed family relationships.

Some people have mentioned that FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) prices seem to be higher than their competitors. It only seems to be the case because they are making an "apples to oranges comparison" fallacy. Y-Chromosome testing requires a considerably more complex lab process than autosomal testing. In fact, FTDNA is very competitive on their autosomal test. Their regular price ($59) is now as good or better than their competitor's sale price. FTDNA's major competitors no longer do Y-Chromosome testing because of its higher complexity and cost.

If you order the 37-marker test, you can upgrade to the 67-marker or 111 maker test later without submitting another cheek swab.

To get the best price for the DNA test you should order it through the Alsup/Alsop DNA Project website. Click here to order your test.