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If you need more information,
then read the helpful FAQs below
When you are ready, click on
this link and order your Y-chromosome (Y-DNA) test
Q: What can I learn from the
Shirley DNA test?
The purpose of doing a Y-chromosome
DNA test within the Shirley DNA project is to help determine
which Shirley branch you are related. The Shirley DNA project
to date has over 150 participants, thus there is a good chance
your test results will match results from someone who has already
been tested. DNA tests are particularly helpful for those who
have reached a genealogical 'brick wall' in their research. Your
DNA haplotype produced in this test alone can help narrow the
number of prospective Shirley lineages to a more manageable amount
for your future research.
Q: Who may participate in
the Shirley DNA project
The Shirley DNA project is Y-chromosome
(Y-DNA) only, thus exclusively for MALES who have the
SHIRLEY surname. The Shirley DNA project encourages Shirley
males from all countries around the world to participate
Q: What if I am female, or
male and my surname is not Shirley?
If you are female, or male and
your surname is not Shirley, then you cannot directly participate
in the DNA test. However, you can help by finding your male Shirley
relative and encouraging his participation. You may also organize
and manage the sample collection process yourself. For example,
you can pay for the test, send for the DNA kits, and once completed,
mail it back to the lab. That way you know the DNA was sent in.
Q: Which DNA company does
the Shirley Association use?
We use FTDNA exclusively. If
you use a competitor like Ancestry, then your results will not
be comparable to the growing database of DNA results already
on file for male Shirleys. See FAQ below for conversion options.
FTDNA has over 350 Family groups
involved in DNA genealogy testing at the present time. Arizona
Research Labs at the campus of the University of Arizona keeps
the DNA. The University of Arizona controls and maintains the
Q: How much does FTDNA charge
These are special prices for
Shirley group participants only. Prices are as of January 2016
Y-chromosome 12 marker test -
Y-chromosome 25 marker test -
Y-chromosome 37 marker test -
Y-chromosome 67 marker test -
Y-chromosome 111 marker test
Q: Does the Shirley Association
recommend a specific Y-chromosome test?
Yes, we recommend purchasing
at least the 25 marker test. The 37-marker test is probably 'just
right', enough markers to make proper inferences about your family
tree. Of course, you can purchase tests with more markers
Q: How do I pay, who gets
You order the DNA kit via the
FTDNA website and pay the company directly. The Shirley Association
does not receive any funds for this project.
Q: I don't have a lot of money
to spend on this, can I upgrade my results and add more markers
Yes, FTDNA keeps your DNA sample
on file for 25 years and allows you to upgrade your 12 marker
test, for example, to 25 (or higher) later.
The Shirley Association also
recommends that you pass the collection plate in your family
to pay for the test of your male Shirley DNA participant. His
DNA is also the family's Shirley DNA, so everyone benefits from
Q: How do I ensure I get the
special Shirley group pricing for my test?
Navigate to the Shirley group
DNA page to find special pricing. Purchase your test from that
Q: How can I convert my Ancestry,
GeneTree, or Sorenson's SMGF DNA Y-chromosome test to FTDNA?
FTDNA offers a service to convert
a 33 marker Y-chromosome DNA test by Ancestry, GeneTree, and
Sorenson's SMGF to one useful for the Shirley DNA project. There
is a fee for conversion.. You will find more information near
the bottom of the Shirley group webpage at FTDNA under the heading