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Testing DNA for Genealogy

At this writing, there is an increasing number of laboratories throughout the world that are licensed to perform the many steps required to analyze and evaluate DNA. These tests are performed for a variety of purposes, perhaps the greatest volume of testing being for forensic and paternity determinations. Of these many laboratories, though, only a handful specialize in testing for the field of genetic genealogy, often in association with University genetic research groups. This allows potential clients a free market of labs from which to select, with laboratories adopting their own particular sets of markers, as well as a range of the number of markers to test.

The Benedict Surname DNA Project welcomes new members to select from, or to submit data already obtained from, any of the reputable testing laboratories. However, for the sake of obtaining consistently high quality results, we at the Project have selected Family Tree DNA of Houston, Texas, to be our "official" laboratory for new testing.

About Family Tree DNA

The following statement is quoted from FTDNA's homepage:

"There is a reason why 9 out of 10 genealogists choose Family Tree DNA.

"Since its inception, in April of 2000, Family Tree DNA has been associated with the Arizona Research Labs [at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona], led by Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world's leading authorities in the field of Genetics. Having other renowned scientists [on] its advisory board, Family Tree DNA is the world leader and only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has been constantly developing the science that enables many genealogists around the world to advance their families' research."

Our Recommendation

FTDNA provides a wide range of tests for both Y-DNA (patrilineal) data and for mtDNA (matrilineal) data. For the purposes of the Benedict Surname DNA Project, we are recommending that applicants select, as a minimum DNA testing level, the Y-DNA25 test (rather than the Y-DNA12 test), or preferably, the Y-DNA37 test or higher. The greater the number of markers tested for, the more definitive and greater the precision of results. FTDNA provides a free DNA test kit.

Click here to go to the Family Tree DNA homepage

Be sure to explore the FTDNA website; it contains loads of information about genetic genealogy, including how to collect your test samples, how they are processed upon return to FTDNA, and what your results mean.

For pricing, be sure to see the group discount prices on the Benedict Project Page.

How to Join the Project

To join the Benedict Surname DNA Project and receive the group discount on Testing Services,
please first read the Privacy statement at the bottom of this page.

If in agreement with that statement, click here to go to the Benedict Project Page at FTDNA.

The Project Page contains a description of the project and the Online Application for joining. Your kit for sample collection will be sent out immediately. Results from your sample tests usually are completed about six weeks after receipt by FTDNA.

We look forward to your participation in your Surname Project.


Neither the Benedict Surname DNA Project, its Group Administrator, nor any other member of the Project has any remunerative association with Family Tree DNA other than as vendor-client in supply and receipt of specific services to Members of the Project.


The Benedict Surname DNA Project shall not publish, on this website or in any other form, information that relates the results of DNA testing to any living individual except by the expressed permission of that individual. However, it is to be understood that test results from Y-DNA or mitochondrial DNA are for "non-coding" or "junk" DNA segments that have no vital value for any medical or legal purposes other than for genealogical purposes.

Further, the Group Administrator of the Benedict Surname DNA Project shall assume that any applicant to join the Project shall have read, understood, and agreed to the following statement before submitting their order.

"By submitting this order I understand that I am allowing the Group Administrator of the Benedict Surname DNA Project to see my results for the purposes of comparing them with other members of this Surname Project. My results may be included in tabular form and in discussion of results, along with the results of other Project members, on the Benedict Surname DNA Project website without personally or specifically identifying me or any other member of the Project except by a code number or with my expressed consent."
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This Update: Apr 2005