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The Mark DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today!.

Our project now has several members, and we have made some exciting discoveries.

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your research of your family tree. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information on the evolution of the surname.

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Mark one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the the associated family trees, by contacting the Group Administrator above.

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Mark 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 find a direct line male bearer of the MARK surname in your family tree to participate and represent your tree. The Y chromosome passes 100% from a father to his sons almost unchanged, which is why it is such a good test for tracing surnames.

We encourage males who order a Y DNA test to order 37 markers at least to begin with. You can upgrade later if you like.

Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. Both men and women can order a mtDNA test. 

Also, there is the Family Finder dna test that can be ordered by anyone. This tests the autosome chromosomes which we all inherit 50% from each parent. It is good for finding closer matches on both sides of your family, but becomes diluted through the generations, as you only inherit 25% from each grandparent, 12.50% from each great grandparent and so on.