Submitting your DNA sample to the lab is simple — you take a swab (that resembles a Q-Tip) and rub it on the inside of your cheek. You then place it into the supplied vial and mail it back to the testing company (Family Tree DNA).
Visit this site for pictures and a description of the sample collection process.
There are four types of tests available:
- autosomal DNA (atDNA)
- mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
- X-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA)
- Y-chromosome DNA (X-DNA)
You can purchase either or both of those. Only the Y-DNA test results can be used in our Project. The mtDNA information may be of interest to you and you will receive our group discount rate if you choose to order that test (see the prices below).
- No longer available: The 12-marker test can tell you that you are NOT related. If you have a perfect match at 12 markers, you might be related and further research and/or a higher resolution DNA test is in order.
- The 25-marker test is very helpful, but not as useful as the 37 marker test.
- We have found the 37-marker test to be the best entry point for genealogy research.
- The 67-marker test can be used for deciphering relationships in close relatives.
- If you’re really serious about getting involved in DNA genealogy research, take the 111-marker test.
- (See the DNA FAQ for answers to this and other questions.)
Click on the “Registration” link to go directly to the Family Tree DNA page where you can register and purchase your test.
Interpretation of the results requires additional information, and your pedigree is important evidence. Please Don’t forget to submit it to the Project Administrator. Just send what you know. Click on this “Submit Pedigree” link for information or just email it directly to the Administrator.
The prices (as of March 28, 2016) are listed below (only pricing from Family Tree DNA is shown).
When reviewing the prices for DNA tests, consider how much it can cost to do traditional research – copies, travel, lodging, meals, etc. If the test can save you any of this, it has saved you money.
|Y-DNA12||Male 12 marker paternal test||N/A|
|Y-DNA25||Male 25 marker paternal test||N/A|
|*||Y-DNA37||Male 37 marker paternal test||$169|
|Y-DNA67||Male 67 marker paternal test||$268|
|Y-DNA111||Male 111 marker paternal test||$359|
|Family Finder||Autosomal DNA test||$99|
|Family Finder + mtFullSequence||Autosomal DNA & full sequence mtDNA test||$298|
|Family Finder + Y-DNA37||Autosomal DNA & 37-marker Y-DNA test||$268|
|Family Finder + Y-DNA67||Autosomal DNA & 67-marker Y-DNA test||$367|
|mtFullSequence||mtDNA full sequence test||$199|
|BIG-Y||Expert Level Next Gen Y Sequencing (SNP). 10 million base pair coverage providing 25,000 SNPs.||$575|
|*||Preferred test — a 37 marker test is the minimum recommended.|
- Cloud DNA Home.
- Why DNA - Ways in which DNA can help genealogical research.
- Goals - The reasons we're using this tool and what we expect from it.
- Guidelines - The procedures used and how to participate.
- FAQ - Answers to the most common questions about the use of DNA in genealogy.
- DNA Basics - A brief introduction to DNA and how it is used in genealogy.
- The DNA Lab - Information about the testing service that performs our DNA tests.
- The DNA Test - How the DNA sample is taken and what is done with it.
- We need You - Why we need you to join the Project.
- Project Rules - The simple requirements for successful participation.
- Registration - The Registration Form.
- Submit Pedigree - Submit your Pedigree Information.
- What to expect from your Y-DNA test:
- Cloud DNA Project Results:
- Interesting and informative web sites.
- FTDNA Site Map - A useful guide to our testing company's web site.
- * Anyone descended from a Cloud family can join the Project.
- Participation is not restricted to Cloud Family Association members.
- * The Y-STR CLOUD Surname Project can only use data from men who are a descendant through the male-only line of a CLOUD male ancestor.
- Your pedigree is required to facilitate comparison and analysis of your data.
- See "Project Rules" for eligibility.