- Things to know:
- Since the Y-chromosome is being
tracked, only males can take the test. Females born to the
Kimble (etc.) families will need to coax a brother, birth father or
paternal grandfather into taking the test.
- The test is painless--no needles.
Just swabs rubbed against the inside of the cheek.
- This test is not detailed enough to prove paternity.
It does not identify tendency towards any disease.
- The test is confidential. Only
you and the Kimble surname
administrator (Brian Hamman) sees the results. Only with a
signed release form will Family Tree DNA share your results with someone
who matches your genetic fingerprint exactly. Up to a 37-marker
detail will be added to the results listed on the
Kimble Y-DNA project's web site, without identifying the source,
unless you want to. (Using only 37 Y-DNA markers cannot identify
you.) Most people want to include their Kimble/Kimmel lineage and
- There is a cost. A 37-marker test
will cost just below $200 for the test and shipping. So weigh a
weekend out of town, a compact digital camera or a new outfit
against the chance of extending you family tree and becoming part of a
new exciting scientific research.
- What to do:
here to fill out your form for the test.
- Options for number of markers to test:
- Y-DNA12 (male 12
marker paternal test) -- will place one in a general family
- Y-DNA25 (male 25
marker paternal test) -- will confirm one more closely to specific a Kimmel group
- Y-DNA37 (male 37
marker paternal test) -- should be sufficient to identify one's
Kimmel line (most useful)
- Y-DNA67 (male 67
marker paternal test) -- overkill for us; may be necessary for
huge families like Smith or Myers.
- Payment can be by credit card or
- The test will be mailed to you
- The DNA test kit has three vials,
cotton swabs, a plastic bag and a mailing envelope. You
will scrape the inside of you cheek with a cotton toothed swab and put
it in a vial. A few hours later do it again with another swab and vial,
then a few more hours later use the third swab and vial. Three
sets will guarantee a good sample. Put the vials in the plastic
bag, and the bag in the mailing envelope.
- Mail in the three vials. Don'
forget postage. You should learn the test results in about seven weeks.