Upgrades FAQ

How do I order an upgrade?

You can order an upgrade by:

1. Going to your FTDNA Personal page (You'll need your kit number and password.)

2. Looking toward the top right and locating “Order Tests” (and click on it)

3. Click on "Standard Orders".

4. At the bottom of the page, click on the down arrow to see the range of upgrade choices

5. Select the one you want, confirm your personal info and select method of payment

6. Click “Continue" and complete your order

 

The Deep SNP test can be ordered by:

1. Going to your FTDNA Personal page

2. Opening "Haplogroup"

3. Click on "Order your Y-DNA SNP test for Deep Sub-clades"

The cost for most folks is $79. Depending on haplogroup, I recall that there may be small price differences

Which upgrade should I order?

A part of the answer is “what can you afford'? You can upgrade in small increments or do it at one time. Who you match and what you know about them also affects the number of markers needed.

o If you have a paper trail connecting you and another person and you match 24/25 or 25/25 - you can be relatively confident that you share that paper trail common ancestor. This is true whether the man you match has your surname or not - as long as you can connect paper trails. However, if your match is 23/35, you are in a gray zone and should consider upgrading to 37.

o If you have a match to a person of a different surname, you'll need to compare at 37 markers - using the 25 marker matches only as an indication of who is of potential interest.

o If you match at least 34/37, you can be reasonably confident that you share a common ancestor. With a lesser match, you'll then want to compare at 67 markers. That doesn't happen too often, but it can happen - particularly when comparing across surnames.

o If you are in a project and are in a group that matches and shares a common ancestor (we call this a “Lineage"), you'll want to upgrade to the same number of markers as the other men in the group, as you'll be looking to see if you can find closer kin within your Lineage.

  • 67 markers are nice to have, and you can go straight there (saves a few dollars and some time over getting there in steps) and you'll be ready to do any comparison that comes along. But it's ok to reach 67 in steps

What is a SNP test?

The SNP test identifies which Haplogroup, or major branch of the tree, a male belongs to. The value of it is to identify your branch of the yDNA tree and then to use this information to consult the scientific literature to determine the geographic locations and migrations of your branch. The Deep SNP test can be ordered by:

1. Going to your FTDNA Personal page

2. Opening "Haplogroup"

3. Click on "Order your Y-DNA SNP test for Deep Sub-clades"

4. The cost for most folks is $79. Depending on haplogroup, I recall that there may be small price differences.