DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. For us genealogy enthusiasts, it is ideal for Alexander surname research.
While nothing can replace good old documentation to prove a relationship, your DNA will be compared to all other Alexanders who have tested, a total of about 270+ to date. That tells you to whom you are related (and to whom you are NOT related), enabling you to email those matches and share information.
The Holiday Sale Price for the basic test of 37 markers of yDNA is now $119 through December 31, 2012. This compares to the normal price of $149.
It being the holiday season, it will be a great gift that will last for generations because as more people are tested, you will continue to receive email notice of those matches. Anyone who is a male Alexander can simply scrape the inside of his cheek and submit the sample for comparison.
If you have any questions or want to learn about other tests and upgrades, you can go to http://www.familytreedna.com/public/alexander-y-dna
This is the website of the Alexander yDNA project, a totally volunteer organization administered by Carol Vass and me.
In particular, you can download a 15-page paper that I compiled that attempts to answer any anticipated question regarding Alexander Ancestry and DNA testing.Check it out and join in the fun.