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 Collecting Your Cells
Once you decide to join or start a DNA project, you will order a small collection kit that you can use at home--nothing messy or painful or requiring a trip to a lab.  DNA tests for genealogical purposes virtually all use DNA from buccal cells (the inside of the mouth:)

Your kit will will arrive by mail and will contain two small plastic brushes--sort of like mini-tooth brushes and a couple of vials of sterile fluid.  Also include are simple, easy to follow instructions (the pink paper in the picture at top right.) You will use one of the brushes to scrub the inside of your cheek for a period of a minute or so.  Then you will place the brush end into one of the vials of fluid and disconnect the brush allowing it to fall into the vial.  Once you've recapped the vial, it's ready to return via mail. 

A second scraping is taken eight or more hours later to provide a backup.  All that's left is to pop the vials in their mailer, complete the minimal paperwork and return everything to the lab.

 Paperwork

In addition to returning your cheek cells to the lab, there will be some paperwork included. The purpose of this paperwork is to let you determine the degree of privacy you wish for your results.  You may choose to keep your results totally private--reported only to you.  The testing company, that will be used for the Dorsey project also offers the option of having your email address forwarded to anyone with whom you have a relevant match.  Included with your test kit will be the optional release form to the right.

In addition, Family Tree DNA will distribute legal release forms allowing for the sharing of the test results with the Group Administrator.

Family Tree DNA
Release Form (Optional)


I, ___________________________, Kit # ________, give permission to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) to make my biographical information available to a genetic match. This will be done according to guidelines set forth in the section entitled "Legal" on the FamilyTreeDNA.com/legal.html web site that I have read and understand. If another party’s genetic DNA sample matches is a relevant match to my DNA, I want FTDNA to release to them my email address or my mailing address if the email address is not supplied. Unless I sign this Release Form, my personal information will not be shared with anyone who may match my DNA markers exactly, now or in the future. In the event I sign this document, I understand that FTDNA will share only my email address with another person who shares my personal family genetic marker, and I hold Family Tree DNA harmless for all consequences of sharing this information with that other individual(s).Family Tree DNA is establishing a database of family ethnic origins. If you would like to be in this web accessible database, which will not contain your name, only your most distant ancestors country of origin, (male if Y-DNA or female if mtDNA) please write the country in the space provided.

Ancestry's Country of Origin_______________________
Unless you are a Native American or of Native American Ancestry,your Country of Origin is not the USA. It should be the country where your ancestors came from.

Signature______________________   Date_________
 

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This web is lovingly dedicated to the memory of
Mr. James Dorsey
who so graciously and enthusiastically
donated his DNA to solve our family mystery. 


Jim Dorsey
2/12/1930 — 4-30-2002

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