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"Taking the Test (Collecting the DNA Sample)"
Submitting your DNA sample to the lab is simple -- you take a swab (that resembles a Q-Tip) and rub it on the inside of your cheek. You then place it into the supplied vial and mail it back to the testing company (Family Tree DNA).
Visit this site for pictures and a description of the sample collection process.
Which Test Do I Take?
There are two categories of tests:
  1. mtDNA
  2. Y-DNA
You can purchase either or both of those. Only the Y-DNA test results can be used in our Project. The mtDNA information may be of interest to you and you will receive our group discount rate if you choose to order that test (see the prices below).
Okay, Which Y-DNA Test Do I Take?
- The 12-marker test can tell you that you are NOT related. If you have a perfect match at 12 markers, you might be related and further research and/or a higher resolution DNA test is in order.
- The 25-marker test is very helpful, but not as useful as the 37 marker test.
- We have found that the 37 marker test is the most useful for our needs.
- The 67 marker test can be used for deciphering relationships in close relatives.
- (See the FAQ for answers to this and other questions.
Registering and Ordering the Test.
Click on the "Registration" link, or click "here" to go directly to the Family Tree DNA page where you can register and purchase your test.
Interpretation of the results requires additional information -- your pedigree information. Please Don't forget to submit it to the Project Administrator. Just send what you know. Click on the "Submit Pedigree" link for information or just send it directly to the Administrator -- click on the Contact DNA Project Administrator link at the left.
How Much do the Tests Cost?
The prices (as of October 5, 2008) are listed below. (Remember how much it costs for traditional research -- copies, travel, lodging, meals, etc. If the test can save you any of this, it has saved you money.)
Y-DNA12 Male 12 marker paternal test $99.00
Y-DNA12+mtDNA Male 12 marker paternal test & Maternal Match $179.00
* Y-DNA25 Male 25 marker paternal test $124.00
Y-DNA25+mtDNAPlus Male 25 marker paternal test & high-res Maternal Match $253.00
* Y-DNA37 Male 37 marker paternal test $149.00
Y-DNA37+mtDNAPlus Male 37 marker paternal test & high-res Maternal Match $278.00
Y-DNA67 Male 67 marker paternal test $248.00
Y-DNA67+mtDNAPlus Male 67 marker paternal test & high-res Maternal Match $377.00
mtDNA Male or Female maternal ancestry test $99.00
mtDNAPlus Male or Female high resolution Maternal Match $149.00
mtFullSequence Male or Female highest resolution Maternal Match (Mega) $449.00
SuperDNA Male Comprehensive DNA test $695.00
Autosomal Markers Panel 1 $184.00
Autosomal Markers Panel 1 and 2 $257.00
X-STR Markers Panel 1 $121.00
X-STR Markers Panel 1 and 2 $183.00
* - Minimum recommended test -- see comments above.
* - Preferred test -- the Y-DNA 37 is the most useful test for our project.
The CLOUD FAMILY ASSOCIATION (CFA) is a registered non-profit corporation devoted to the collection and preservation of information about the various branches of the Cloud Family, past and present. The files of the Association are organized to provide a clearing house for Cloud information and a major goal is to encourage people to share their family information with the Association and with others interested in the family. The association publishes the CLOUD FAMILY JOURNAL (ISSN 0883-0940) quarterly to make this information, along with data from family sources and public documents, available to interested persons.
The CLOUD FAMILY ASSOCIATION -- Making friends, finding lost cousins, preserving our heritage.
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