How to Participate

Revised July 6, 2013

The Holmes DNA Project recommends that participants use Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) for their DNA testing. They offer 12-, 25-, 37– and 67-marker Y-chromosome DNA tests. In order to obtain more meaningful results, it is recommended that participants select the 25-marker test as a minimum. The 12-marker test is not considered sufficient to establish relationship. If another testing service is used, it is recommended that the test include as many of the markers on the above 25-marker test as possible.

As a member of the Holmes DNA Project, the cost for a 37-marker Y-chromosome test is $149. In addition, there is a $5 postage charge for US residents and a small additional charge for mailing the test kits to non-US addresses. Participants may want to locate other members of their own Holmes family group who are willing to share in the cost.

If FTDNA is used, they will assign each participant a personal page on their web site where the participant’s test results and comparisons with their database can be reviewed once results are available (typically 4 to 6 weeks after they receive the test kits). They will communicate directly with participants by e-mail and postal mail.

FTDNA will also provide the Holmes DNA Project Administrator access to the results for each Holmes DNA Project participant. A summary of results obtained by members of the Holmes DNA Project will be posted at this website from time to time as new information is available. Postings on this website will not give the names of the project participants, but will be identified with the earliest known Holmes ancestor that the participant represents.

In order to participate in the project, please print and sign the Release of Liability/Liability Waiver agreement. Please also prepare a pedigree chart or GEDCOM file tracing your Holmes family as far back as possible, and forward these items to Edwin F. Holcombe Holmes DNA Project Administrator 1524 Druid Hills Ave. Hendersonville, NC 28791 USA

The Administrator will provide details on how to proceed with requesting the DNA tests after these items are received. To participate, or for any questions or comments, please contact the administrator at