In Reply to: Re: Descendant of John McLean/McLain by Virginia Tuttleof 2543
I'm not sure how many quality DNA tests are being conducted by various organizations, however, we were pleased to find one that seems to be well organized and has an independent testing laboratory.
The DNA testing site we are using is FamilyTreeDNA, not associated as far as I know with the Fam.Tree Maker software. I believe it is still the Univ. of Ariz. that is the testing laboratory for FamilyTreeDNA. I am away from home, working on a new laptop, no files available to me until I return home in about a week ... but I think you can do a general Google search for FamilyTreeDNA.com ... and you would be participating in the Clan MacLEAN project for the variety of McLAIN, McCLAIN, McLEAN, etc. spellings, and you will have the ability to be compared to all non-McLEAN surnames as well.
Our little McLAIN research group soon discovered that the 12 marker test matched us with far too many people to be of much use,so we refined to 37 markers which narrowed down the field, and 3 of us have just refined to 67 markers to further narrow down the matches. Interestingly, we had a 37 marker non-surname match that is indicating we think a woman married to a non-McLAIN male, but she must have had a McLAIN father for a son that carried on the non-McLAIN surname. Possibly her husband had died and she, with an infant son, remarried a McLAIN ...or?? who knows, smile.
The test kit includes all the necessary tools for a mouth swab ...and it may be sent to the male McLAIN of your choice in your line. Only 1 test is necessary, so if you begin with 12 markers and wish to upgrade to more markers, you simply submit the 'refine' request. You could start with the basic 12 marker test and later 'refine' or upgrade to 25, 37, 67 markers as you wish.
Good luck and please let me know (email me direct if you wish) if you run into any problems and I'll try to help. Connect the spaces in this address: audstan @ chartertn. net