Testing kits are ordered directly from FamilyTreeDNA. Please send your Name and email address to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will send you an invitation link that will provide you with discounted pricing. Note you will pay for the the testing directly thru Family Tree DNA NOT Ackley.info. Once you receive the invitation link follow the instructions in the link. FTDNA will send you the kit immediately. After you complete the test, you send the kit back.

The Tests

 

Y-DNA37

This is a male specific test. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the paternal line. It includes a balanced panel of thirty-seven Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat, STR, markers. This is the MINIMUM recommended test to trace the paternal ancestry of males for genealogy purposes. The additional markers refine the predicted time period in which two individuals are related and eliminate unrelated matches. A perfect match at thirty-seven markers indicates the two individuals share common ancestry in recent times. The customer will also receive a certificate and report describing the testing process and the meaning of thirty-seven marker matches. This is the test recommended by Ackley.info if you are a male and have not previously tested.

Y-DNA67

This is a male specific test. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the paternal line. It includes a balanced panel of sixty-seven Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat, STR, markers. The additional markers refine the predicted time period in which two individuals are related and eliminate unrelated matches. A perfect match at sixty-seven markers indicates a common ancestor in very recent times. This is the ideal test for matching if a break in the paper trail, such as an adoption, is known or suspected. A haplogroup is determined and backed by our SNP Assurance Program. When another person shows identical results within our database, if both parties have signed the Family Tree DNA Release Form, then we will inform them of the match. The customer will also receive a certificate and report describing the testing process and the meaning of sixty-seven marker matches.

mtDNA

Both men and women may take this test. It traces the direct maternal line without influence from other lines. This test is for HVR1(16001-16569) of the mitochondrial DNA. A panel of twenty-two SNPs is included for backbone haplogroup placement. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the maternal line. The customer receives a certificate and report generally describing the testing process and the meaning of matches.

mtDNAPlus

Both men and women may take this test. It traces the direct maternal line without influence from other lines. This test is for HVR1(16001-16569) and HVR2(00001-00574) of the mitochondrial DNA. The addition of HVR2 to results reduces the number of matches. A panel of twenty-two SNPs is included for backbone haplogroup placement. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the maternal line. The customer receives a certificate and report generally describing the testing process and the meaning of high resolution matches. This is the test recommended by Caperton.info if you are a female and have not previously tested.

Taking the Test

FTDNA offers the simplest testing kits. They consist of 2 cotton swab type brushes, a tube with a preservative solution to hold the swabs and the mailing kits with instructions. To complete the test, your Caperton representative needs to brush the inside of his/her cheek just like brushing teeth. Be sure to brush really well, as the quality of the sample depends on how much DNA material is collected on the brush. They include 2 brushes, please use both of them.

Note that once you have submitted your test to FamilyTreeDNA you can upgrade your test without having to retake the test. You will however have to pay the difference in price for the upgrade.