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Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has been chosen as the DNA testing provider for the Daniel DNA Project. If you are already a customer of FTDNA, or are already using another DNA testing provider, see the FTDNA FAQ page

Interested parties should contact the project manager  or co-manager if they have any questions or concerns.

As a family research group, participants qualify for a reduced rate on each of the several Y-DNA tests provided by Family Tree DNA (FTDNA).

Results obtained from this testing are completely confidential and can not be used for any other purpose. Each participant is assigned a unique customer number. The identity of participants is not revealed to the lab at the University of Arizona where the DNA analysis is performed. Only the customer number and surname of the donor of the sample are released to the lab.

Get started by going to the Daniel join page and joining the Daniel DNA Project by ordering a test kit.

Several levels of Y DNA testing are available. For instance:

The 12 marker test can determine if there is a relationship, a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA), between two men with the same surname 14 generations ago and earlier. The MRCA would have been living about 350 years ago, or earlier. See the Family Tree DNA Daniel join page for current pricing.

The 25 marker test can determine if there is a MRCA between two males of the same surname about 7 generations ago and earlier. The MRCA would have been living about 175 years ago, or earlier. See the Family Tree DNA Daniel join page for current pricing.

Higher marker tests are available. The most important thing is to get started by joining the project, ordering a kit and submitting a DNA sample. Submission of DNA samples is only needed one time and upgrades to your initial test may be ordered at a later date.

Participants will be given the option of paying by credit card or by receiving an invoice with their kit.

The testing kit consists of two small brushes and two vials of preservative liquid. Participants brush the inside of their cheek with one of the brushes and then insert the brush into one of the vials, pushing on the end of the brush which ejects the brush into the vial, which is then sealed. This is repeated with the other brush. Both vials are mailed to FTDNA using the envelope that is provided.

A release form is included with the kit. This form authorizes FTDNA to share your test results ONLY with others whose tests indicate that there is a familial relationship. You will receive contact information for these individuals, if they have also signed the release form.

Test results take several weeks for processing. When the results are obtained, participants will be informed of DNA matches via the email address they have submitted.

Complete instructions are included with the kit and more information is available on FTDNA's web site.

Participants are also encouraged to submit a biography of their earliest ancestor who can be proved using primary records, such as wills, deeds, etc. See the FAQ page for more information. Biographies may be sent to the manager and co-manager for inclusion on the Participating Lines page of the project web site. Do not submit biographies for individuals for which a relationship cannot be proved using primary records. If you wish to be contacted, please indicate so and include a means of contact, typically an email address which will be linked to your ancestor's biography. Biographies should contain enough information to allow others to make a connection to your line. Biographies should primarily contain information about your earliest proved ancestor, but basic information about his children is acceptable, and should be limited to name, birth and death dates and places, and name of spouse(s). Biographies already posted to the site may be used as examples. Biographies may be edited to conform with the format of existing biographies. Please include "Daniel DNA Project Biography" in the subject line of your submision.