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While taking the 12 marker test is the low cost entry point, the site administrator strongly recommends ordering the 25 marker test. This weeds out the possibility of you simply having a more common DNA signature with others more effectively. Also, it is more cost effective in the long run, especially if you intend to upgrade to a higher resolution test (25, 37, or 67) later or after you find that your test matches other 12 marker results.

Intially, this DNA project was started in 2003 for the sole purpose of helping genealogist identify what Cottrell (and its variants) families are related to what families.

The result data displayed herein is to be used only as supporting data to solid, traditional genealogical research. In other words, a sound approach to tracing your family with explicit documentation (birth records, death records, wills, census records, land records, etc.)stating a parent child relationship should be conducted.

The DNA results plus solid genealogical reaseach based upon principles presented by the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)provides the most effective approach for this site.

Anyone agreeing to take the DNA test should be aware that paternal mismatches can and do occur. These are often a result of but not limited to the following:

1. Bad or mistakes in the genealogical paper trail of person tested.

2. Hanky panky (milkman/mailman) effect. Yes, people cheated on their spouses in the "good old days" and have been doing so since mankind has walked the Earth!

3. Undocumented adoptions. All the paper work required today simply was not necessary 100 or hundreds of years ago.

4. Name changes. This happened when men were, disowned by fathers and left out of inheritances, were trying to hide from authorities, name too difficult to pronounce, etc.

5. Use of maternal name (mother's name).

Before submitting to a test you should be unafraid of discovering skeletons in your closet. I would submit that before getting into genealogy that you should be unafraid of skeletons in the closet as well.