This is the second of our dual blog posts regarding current DNA testing partners. Please also check out our Partner Profile on YSEQ.
Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is a modern powerhouse for DNA testing – Autosomal (atDNA), mtDNA, and yDNA. Its own website front page boasts, “We have the most comprehensive Y chromosome, autosomal, and mitochondrial ancestry DNA database for genetic genealogists!” FTDNA circa 2006 received major contributions from familiar folks when Thomas & Astrid Krahn (see Partner Profile on YSEQ) sold the assets of their company DNA-Fingerprint and opened the Genomics Research Center in Houston, TX. FamilyTreeDNA was founded by Bennett Greenspan (who today serves as President & CEO), Max Blankfeld and Jim Warren.
The PSHG relies on FTDNA’s Y-111 STR test to place members into family groups and to confirm claims made by traditional genealogy. By analyzing the Y-111 STR results, group administrators can help to verify from which of Peter’s three sons (Peter Jr., John, or James) a member descends. The test also reveals mutations which can occur naturally through the family group generations. Click to follow to the PSHG at FTNDA group results.
FTNDA offers lesser marker Y-STR tests (12, 37, 67), but these do not provide enough marker information to be useful to the PSHG. The Y-STR test will unlock Certified Y-STR Results, Matches, Ancestral & Haplogroup Origins, Haplotree & SNPs data, and Maps related to Matches, Migration, and SNPs.. A similar set of tools can be unlocked by purchasing a Mitochondrial (mtDNA) test to trace one’s maternal lineage. Family Finder is the Autosomal (atDNA) product comparable to AncestryDNA. Tools available with this product are: Matches, Chromosome Browser, Linked Relationship, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins. Returning to Y-DNA products, the Big Y test can provide a detailed SNP analysis and Matches. When analyzed by a project group such as R1b-U106, one can identify Singleton SNPs which can be further tested and named.
Family Tree DNA’s tests may appear to be expensive to the novice; however, genetic genealogists and DNA hobby enthusiasts appreciate the testing options and relative (compared to historical capabilities and prices) low cost. Keep an eye out for sales (Summer & Winter) and take advantage.