Skip to Content

Join the The Palatine DNA Project


Click here to place an order for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA


Which Test to Order

If  you are a male, you may order either the Y-DNA or mtDNA test, or both. Y-DNA tests your paternal lineage -- father to his father to his father, etc. mtDNA tests your maternal line -- mother to her mother to her mother, etc. A female can test only her maternal line; she has no Y chromosome and therefore no Y-DNA. If you wish to order an mtDNA test, please order through


Which Y-DNA Test?

  • If you are trying to match to a different surname without a paper trail,  37 markers is the minimum.   67 will be decisive in most cases.
  • If you know the surname you should match, you may get by with 25 markers, but many folks will need 37 or even 67 to get clear insight and to help find intermediate common ancestors. 
  • If you are only interested in your "deep ancestry" (haplogroup) or in proving that you don't share a common ancestor with a specific family, 12 markers are adequate.  Twelve markers can be sufficient to confirm solid paper trails.
  • If you are serious about your genealogy,  you'll probably end up with 67 markers.


 Y-DNA Prices


Click here to place an order for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA


 What are the specifics?

The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the world's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  All tests include an estimate of the "Haplogroup" (an indication of deep ancestry).

We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford.   We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 or 67 markers - if they don't start there. 

The test is a simple cheek swab.  The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply follow the instructions. You'll rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, sign the release and put the completed sample in the mail.



Please read "DNA Testing the Smart Way" and "Frequently Asked Questions" by clicking on the appropriate  tabs in the banner above.  

If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators (below).



Group admins

Project Administrators