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Old 17th July 2017, 11:35 AM
EMC EMC is online now
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Y-12 Question

Is it worth taking a Y-12 test? I'm not interested in matches, I just wanna know my haplogroup.
The problem is I was given to know it can be inconclusive.

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Old 17th July 2017, 01:17 PM
KATM KATM is offline
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I guess it's worth it if you haven't tested at 23andMe, or someplace else that gives the Y-haplogroup. It would be good if you don't want to spend a lot, and will be satisfied with a basic predicted haplogroup.

Sometimes, if FTDNA can't predict your haplogroup with confidence, they will run what is called a "backbone" test, which would actually test further in order to give you a result. Information about that is in the FTDNA Learning Center, "What is the SNP Assurance Program? What is a backbone test?" page.

If you wanted to know your sub-haplogroup further down the Y-tree, you'd need to do some SNP testing.
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Old 17th July 2017, 02:15 PM
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Thank you!

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I guess it's worth it if you haven't tested at 23andMe, or someplace else that gives the Y-haplogroup. It would be good if you don't want to spend a lot, and will be satisfied with a basic predicted haplogroup.

Sometimes, if FTDNA can't predict your haplogroup with confidence, they will run what is called a "backbone" test, which would actually test further in order to give you a result. Information about that is in the FTDNA Learning Center, "What is the SNP Assurance Program? What is a backbone test?" page.

If you wanted to know your sub-haplogroup further down the Y-tree, you'd need to do some SNP testing.
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Old 17th August 2017, 04:13 PM
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12-marker STR test is not worth it

23andme is a better value, will get your haplogroup (they do test SNPs) and you will get your ancestry report.
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Old 17th August 2017, 05:06 PM
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12-marker STR test is not worth it

23andme is a better value, will get your haplogroup (they do test SNPs) and you will get your ancestry report.
I like 23andme a lot and I do think that everyone should test with them if they want the best ethnicity calculator but even with the new v5 chip there are still a lot of Y-DNA SNPs that aren't tested.

A 12-marker STR test along with an SNP pack or two is much better for Y-DNA. FTDNA is extremely good at Y-DNA testing and only one other company is more economical for Y-DNA testing for those that don't care about matching and it isn't 23andme.
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