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About us

Welcome to the ALDOUS worldwide DNA project. The project has only just been established but we hope to make many exciting discoveries. For the purposes of the DNA project we are using the Y-DNA test, which tells you about your direct male line, that is, your father, your father's father, your father's father's father, and so on back in time. To participate in the test you should therefore be a male with the surname ALDOUS or ALDHOUS or with any other variant spelling. If you believe there is a ALDOUS or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to ask your brother, father, uncle or cousin to take part and represent your tree. To learn more about how DNA testing can help your family history research we recommend that you read the following short article.

We encourage males who order a Y-DNA test to order 37 markers, if possible. Whether male or female, you might also be interested in learning about your direct female line, that is, your mother, your mother's mother, your mother's mother's mother, and so on. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. For this purpose, you should order an mtDNA test, preferably the mtDNA Plus test which can indicate matches in more recent generations.

The project also accepts Family Finder results from anyone who has the Aldous surname or a variant spelling anywhere in their family tree within the last five or six generations.

Both the Y-DNA and the mtDNA test results contain no personal information, and the tests are quite different from those used by forensic scientists in criminal investigations and by doctors to identify paternity. Furthermore, the test itself cannot identify a unique individual as close male members of the same family (brothers, uncles, cousins) will in all probability have identical results.

Y-DNA tests ordered through this project are charged at the special group rate which provides a substantial saving on the standard FTDNA price.

If you have already had your DNA tested with Family Tree DNA as part of a geographical project you are welcome to join this project too. There is no extra charge for joining multiple projects. Simply click on the "Request to join this project" button at the top left, enter your kit number and password and your results will automatically be included in this project as well.

If you have already tested with the Genographic Project you can also join this project at no extra charge. Simply log in to your Genographic Project page, go to the section "What else can I do with my results", click on "Learn more" and follow the instructions.

A General Fund has been established in conjunction with Family Tree DNA to provide a central repository for donations to assist with the cost of DNA testing of key descendants and to split the cost of testing between all interested parties. The fund is maintained independently by the testing company. Contributors can either make a general contribution to the fund or specify that their donation should be used to test a specific participant. Contributions can also be made "in memory" of a family member. Donations can be accepted in any currency via credit card.

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