We used Family Tree DNA for my brother's YDNA testing. I recommend ordering 67 markers. We started with 37 then upgraded to 67 in order to catch more fish so to speak. Got a great match.
Are you going for the new autosomal test (FTDNA's Family Finder?). It will find cousins and not the just the direct lines.
There is a special on right now at FTDNA. I'm about to order the mtDNA
+Family Finder for myself so was checking last night.
I suggest getting your parents tested first then deciding later whether you want to get your own testing done.
Here is more info on the Family Finder test
. (upper left of the page)
On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM, Marion Peterson <mlpeterson@...>
My parents are coming next month for a visit, so
I've decided to get them to swab their cheeks for a DNA sample while they are
here. A previous discussion on Dist-gen recommended Family Tree DNA as being a
reliable company. I would like to know how many markers I should pay to have
tested. Any opinions?
Also, is there any point in doing my cheek swab if
both of them do it?
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