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From: "William Hurst" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Newbie: National Geographic, Relative Genetics, DNA Heritage,Family Tree DNA etc
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 11:20:32 -0400
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Hi Robert,

I think you have two options. You can let your NGS order stand, which will give you 12-marker Y-DNA results. You can later upgrade your Y-DNA results to 25 or 37 markers at FTDNA and add mitochondrial DNA tests.

Or you could cancel the NGS test and order full Y-DNA and mtDNA tests from FTDNA. By the time you get your results back there is supposed to be a way to transfer your Y-DNA results to the NGS project. The NGS project is so new that nobody has done this yet and the exact procedure hasn't been announced.

The total cost for each option should be about the same. Due to a couple of built-in delays in the first option, you might prefer the second.

I just saw Ken's reply. The advantage of using FTDNA is that they are also doing the tests for NGS. Whether there will be a way to transfer results from DNA Heritage to NGS or vice versa, I don't know.

Normally an important consideration would be which company has a project for your surname, but in your case I don't see one at either place.

Bill Hurst
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Subject: [DNA] Newbie: National Geographic, Relative Genetics, DNA Heritage,Family Tree DNA etc

Okay, I am a Newbie to this DNA/genetic/genealogy thing (piqued by the
recent WSJ article), and to this list (introduced via serendipity by one of your
thoughtful members).

My quandary, due to my unfamiliarity, is: What test(s) to do I do? Which
company(s) do I use?

I don't mind ultimately spending what I figure is @$500 to get what I
understand is the fullest genetic picture possible for BOTH paternal and maternal
lines -- I just don't want to expend time and other resources unnecessarily
nor increase my confusion.

To the best of my knowledge, no one in my family (maternal or paternal
lineage) has done any of these DNA/genealogy tests. I am somewhat optimistic I may
be able to get some on both sides of the family to join after I take the

I recently signed up for the National Geographic Genographic Project. I was
just told by them, however, that there is backorder delay of 2 to 4 weeks,
hence they have given me the option to cancel. I may do that if I can get
some guidance or understanding as to whether I should cancel National Geographic
option/venue and just get the fullest test possible directly from one of the
four reputable firms that I heard of (Ancestry by DNA, DNA Heritage,
Relative Genetics, and Family Tree DNA); OR should I go ahead with National
Geographic (in affiliation with FTDNA), piggyback more tests on it from one of the
Big Four, cobble the results together and try to make sense of it (as an
acknowledged genealogy newcomer)?

With all these options and avenues available as of today, what would you
advise a Newbie to do?

Thank you in advance for your help.

-Robert Birnbach

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