Hi All, I just ordered a kit for a 67 marker DNA test for my husband from www.familytreedna.com.I have tried to do a lot of research into this, and this seemed the best company to use. Their website is very user friendly, and they have good prices.
I am hoping that many of you will want to participate also. To learn a little about the DNA testing, you can read their tutorials. They also have different levels of tests. I was at the FGS/NEHGS confererence in Boston about two weeks ago. Their reps suggested that a person start with the 12-marker test. If a match is found, then upgrade to the next level, and on. The 12-marker test is $99 if one goes through the surname study. It can then be upgraded to 25 markers for an additional $49, etc. No new dna would be required for the next level test.
If you wish to join the Corbitt study, be sure to type in Corbett in the upper right corner of the homepage, and then select the Corbett Surname Project. The price is significantly less by doing it this way. Only Corbitt/Corbett males can participate as this is a Y-chromosome test and females don't have a y-chromosome.
I decided to go the whole shebang because I have hopes that other Corbitt's will join the group and we will see significant matches. We took part in the BYU study (now Sorenson ,smgf.org) and my husband did match another donor's, exactly - 37 out of 37 markers. Unfortunately, since that was non-profit and for study, we cannot know the identity of donors.
My husband's earliest known Corbitt is Elisha Corbitt, born ca 1795 and died ca 1850, married to Mary Gann in TN. Mary and her children moved to South GA. Elisha is reported as being related to Brinkley. This anonymous donor is a descendent of Brinkley. Clearly, Elisha and Brinkley are very closely related and I am hoping other Corbitt's who hail from NC, SC, TN and GA will take part in the group.