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From: Robert Stafford <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Recommendations for DNA testing
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:13:35 -0600
On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM, Bob Bulthuis <> wrote:
> Are there recommended testing firms you can recommend? Should I do a
> simple test and later do more advanced testing based on the results?
If testing at FTDNA, I would order a 67-marker test initially, if you can
afford it, but no less than 37 markers. The former is a bit of overkill for
relatedness within a doumented family, but it may turn up some useful
branch tags (mutations that identify a branch).
They are having a sale., but I think it ends Dec. 31 and it is only
through projects. If you want to set up a surname project, I would telephone
them to make sure it is created before the sale ends. See this site or any
FTDNA project site for details:
I think you can order through geographic projects as well.
For genealogical purposes, you need someone to compare to, hence the need
for surname projects. The most desirable persons to test next are your most
remote documented cousins to ascertain the ancestral haplotype by
triangulation. Also, see Chris Pomery's article for the basic strategy:
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