The Guild is offering for sale to members, and their participants, DNA test kits from Family Tree DNA. Save money by purchasing through the Guild.
This page explains in detail the DNA test kits available from the Guild, the ordering procedure, the payment procedure, and how to order a replacement kit if needed.
- You or your participants may purchase as many kits as desired.
- Stock is held in the UK. Kits are normally despatched by first–class post, or by airmail, the same day as payment is received.
- Kits are delivered free–of–charge, to anywhere in the world. However, the tester is required to pay for return postage to FTDNA in Texas.
The Guild is offering for sale to members, and their participants, two different DNA tests from Family Tree DNA:
Y-DNA 37-marker Test Kit – For males only £95.00, which includes postage and handling, worldwide.
Family Finder (Autosomal) Kit – For males or females £58.00, which includes postage and handling, worldwide. *This is a sale price, and is for a limited period only.*
Family Finder (Autosomal) Kit – Add this test to a existing Y-DNA or mtDNA kit by ordering an Upgrade from Family Tree DNA, or, to save money, the participant does a separate test kit ordered from the Guild.
Quick Reference Information:
DNA test kits must be paid for in advance before they are mailed from Surrey, England.
Test kits can be paid by debit card, credit card, PayPal transfer, Pound Sterling check, or Bank Transfer.
The links provided below are for an online order form where payment is by debit card, credit card, or PayPal transfer.
See other payment methods later on this page for for cheques and bank transfer.
Test kits are sent to the Guild member or directly to the participant.
A member orders and pays, or a member initiates an order, and the participant pays.
Orders and Pays:
For Family Finder(Autosomal):
Then send an email to with the following information:
Your membership number:
The type of DNA kit to be ordered:
The Tester’s full name:
The Tester’s full address, and post code:
The Tester’s telephone number:
The Tester’s email address:
The DNA surname project the kit is to be assigned to (if applicable):
Once payment is received, the DNA kit will be mailed. If you paid, you receive an email with the kit number and password. If the participant paid, both you and the participant receive an email with the kit number and password. Further instructions on returning the kit to Family Tree DNA is included in the email, and must be adhered to, otherwise the kit may take several months to reach Family Tree DNA.
The DNA Team enters the participant’s information in the Family Tree DNA kit details.
The Y-DNA or Family Finder test kit is moved to the DNA Surname Project matching your one-name study surname, from your membership details. If the DNA kit should NOT be moved to this surname, send an email to and advise the surname of the DNA Project the kit needs to be assigned to. If you do not have a DNA Project, the test kit is moved to the Guild DNA project.
A Surname DNA project is not essential for Family Finder tests. However, if you already have a Surname DNA project for Y-DNA kits, it is advisable to include Family Finder kits so that they can be administered collectively.
There is no limit on the number of test kits a member, or their participant, can order.
All sales fall under the Guild Terms and Conditions, which can be referenced at Distance Selling.
Y-DNA 37-marker Test Kits from Family Tree DNA
This DNA test kit can also be purchased directly from Family Tree DNA, at higher prices. The standard retail price of US$169.00 plus US$12.95 postage and handling, or the project pricing of US$149.00 plus US$12.95 postage and handling. See http://www.familytreedna.com/products.aspx.
A Y-DNA test is the most popular and widely used DNA test for family history purposes. The Y-chromosome is passed from father to son, and determines that the child is male. For this reason, only males can take this test, since females do not have a Y-chromosome. Conveniently for the family historian, the path of Y-chromosome transmission usually corresponds with the inheritance of surnames, making the Y-DNA test a very valuable tool as an aid to traditional documentary research.
This DNA test:
- is for males only
- ideal for a one-name study since the test follows the direct male line
- 37 markers are needed for a genealogical time frame
- provides genealogically relevant matches and distant ancestral origins
- is recommended for confirming a genealogical relationship with another male
- provides your Haplogroup: deep ancestral origin of the paternal line
- allows your DNA to be stored by Family Tree DNA for free so that you can upgrade the test in the future
Finding matches with others with your surname depends on how many have tested with your surname, and the size of the population of your surname. The larger the population, the more likely you are dealing with a multiple origin surname. With a multiple origin surname, it may take more men testing with your surname for you to achieve a match.
If you have a DNA Project for your surname, recruiting is a key function so that all participants find a match eventually.
If your surname is not your registered surname, and you take a Y-DNA test, be sure to join a Surname Project for your surname, if one exists. If your surname is a high frequency surname, such as Smith or Thomas or Walker, it may take a while until you have a match.
Matches with other surnames typically represent relationships prior to the adoption of surnames.
As Family Tree DNA’s database is constantly growing, you may get matches over time, and Family Tree DNA will send you email notifications about any new matches.
Family Finder (Autosomal) Test Kits from Family Tree DNA
This DNA test kit can currently be purchased directly from Family Tree DNA, at a higher price. The current retail price of US$79.00 plus US$12.95 postage and handling. See http://www.familytreedna.com/products.aspx.
This is a relatively new field of science. An autosomal DNA test finds your relatives within 5 generations, sometimes more. It works by comparing your DNA to the DNA of others who have taken a Family Finder test in the Family Tree DNA database. This test uses a mixture of DNA you received from both parents (about 50% from your mother and about 50% from your father).
Please note that this test cannot distinguish between whether matches are from your mother’s side or your father’s side. If either or both your parents are living, testing them will enable you to determine whether a match is on your father’s or mother’s side. If your parents are not living, then testing their siblings, if living, or worse case, their siblings’ descendants, will help you, in many cases, to determine if the match is on your father’s or mother’s side.
Both males and females can take a Family Finder test.
Family Finder also has a component called myOrigins. This component gives you a breakdown of your ethnic makeup by percentage. myOrigins compares your DNA to reference populations around the world that have been tested through scientific research. Your myOrigins results can go back in time much further than your matches. In the future, as the population reference database grows, your percentage ethnic makeup may change slightly.
This test may enable you to break through brick walls, validate uncertain relationships, and discover unknown family members.
This DNA test:
- is for males and females
- provides genealogically relevant matches and recent ancestral origins
- finds your relatives within 5 generations, sometimes more
- is recommended for confirming a genealogical relationship with other people
Finding matches and your ancestral origins largely depends on how your DNA compares to Family Tree DNA’s database. As Family Tree DNA’s database is constantly growing, you may get matches over time, and Family Tree DNA will send you email notifications about any new matches.
Note: It is very important to include your Ancestral Surnames in your kit record. These are the surnames of all of your grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc. If both you and your match have added ancestral surnames, those you have in common are shown in bold. For more information see the Family Tree DNA online user guide. You can also upload your GEDCOM. Once you sign in to your myFTDNA page, chose the myFamilyTree button. A new page will be displayed to enter your family tree. In the bottom right-hand corner, choose Settings > Upload a GEDCOM.
Other Methods of Payment
- By bank transfer to Santander, Account number 64819304, Sort Code 09-01-51 quoting payment reference ‘Your DNA Project Surname’.
- By Pound Sterling cheque made payable to Guild of One-Name Studies, and send to:
Mrs Jan Cooper
Greenways, 8 New Road
Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey
England, GU5 0SE
Please include on the back of the cheque ‘Your DNA Project Surname’.
Occasionally, there is a problem returning the kit to the lab – for example, if the person changes their mind, threw it away, or the kit is lost in the post. If this happens, we can obtain a FREE replacement kit, and if necessary issue it to someone else. If this happens, you should do the following:
The replacement kit can go to you, to the existing participant, or a new participant if the original participant can no longer participate.
If you are sending it to anyone but yourself, be aware that sometimes by mistake, a form is put in the kit saying they must pay. If you warn them ahead of time that this may happen, this avoids the problem of their dismay when they get the form. The kits are paid, and it is just an error when the form is enclosed.
Kits have unique serial numbers, so when ordering a replacement, make sure the existing kit is thrown away if a participant still has it.
Do these steps before ordering a replacement kit:
- Ensure the name and address for the replacement kit is correct in the kit record.
You should log into the individual kit at https://www.familytreedna.com/login.aspx. In the Profile section on the left, choose Manage Personal Information. The Account Settings screen is displayed. Choose the tab Contact Information.
Enter the name and address where the replacement kit should be sent to.
You can send this to the original participant, or to yourself, or to a new participant.
If you do not have a name yet for a participant, fill in the contact information with first name TBD for To Be Determined, and for Last Name, put in the relevant surname
- Send an email to and, advise the kit number that needs to be replaced. A replacement kit to be sent to the name and address in the kit record.
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