How to Participate

Revised July 7, 2009

The Morrison DNA Project has primarily been using Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) for DNA testing. They offer 12-, 25-, 37 and 67-marker Y-chromosome DNA tests. In order to obtain more meaningful results, the 37-marker test is preferred. The 12-marker test is not considered sufficient to establish relationship.

As a member of the Morrison DNA Project, the cost for a 37-marker Y-chromosome test by FTDNA is about $149. In addition, there is a $5 postage charge for US residents and slightly higher for mailing the test kits to non-US addresses. Participants may want to locate other members of their own Morrison family group who are willing to share in the cost. In certain cases, sponsorships may be available; please contact the project administrator for details on sponsorships.

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. They will communicate directly with participants by e-mail and postal mail.

FTDNA will also provide the Morrison DNA Project Administrator access to the results for each Morrison DNA Project participant. A summary of results obtained by members of the Morrison 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 Morrison ancestors that the participant represents.

If a participant chooses to use a different testing company than FTDNA, please contact the project administrator before ordering the test so that markers can be chosen that will provide the best comparisons with others in the project.

In order to participate in the project, please print and sign the release of liability/ liability waiver and agreement for information release. (This form is on a separate page of this website.) Please also prepare a pedigree chart or GEDCOM file tracing your Morrison family as far back as possible (including locations and dates, where known), and forward these items to Edwin F. Holcombe Morrison DNA Project Administrator 1524 Druid Hills Avenue 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 by e-mail: morrisondna -at-