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Subject: Re: [DNA-NEWBIE] How many family members should be tested?
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:45:24 +0000
You would only need to test one male of each surname line - the oldest would be the best. Do test at least 37 markers. FTDNA has, by far, the largest database of Y-DNA records and the best support from both volunteers and company personnel, so I would strongly suggest testing with them.
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Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:53:20
Subject: [DNA-NEWBIE] How many family members should be tested?
I have been looking through the archives and am feeling more confused than
ever! Hopefully someone can help me get started with what I need to look
for in finding a company to carry out DNA tests and especially, which
members of the family to ask to contribute.
There are two families I am having difficulty in locating. One is the
SAUL family who I have back to a Robert SAUL in Liverpool in 1798. My
father-in-law  is the only male of that generation [he has an older sister who
has a son], followed by my husband being the only person in his
generation, and our son the only male in his generation. There are SAUL families in
several locations in the UK but ours does not so far connect with any of
them so I would like to see if it does link to any of the others. Would I
need to ask all 3 family members to take a test or just my father-in-law?
My own family is EVANS! The family story is that someone walked from
Cardiff to the Black Country for work, but I am stuck as this man appears only
on his marriage certificate and the 1871 census, when he was married, but
he died before 1881. In the 1871 census his place of birth does not exist
although it is clearly written as "Aurgurstry". Again, my father is the
only male of his generation [he had two sisters who both had sons] and my
brother is the only male EVANS [no children]. My question is the same - do my
father and brother both need to be tested? Or indeed, any other relatives?
Finally, am I correct in thinking that I need to use a company that tests
at least 37 markers, or would I need more?
Any suggestions would be most welcome. This is a new concept and I'm far
from understanding it but am aware that time is passing for the elderly
relatives to be tested.
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