Oh, not so gory as drawing blood. You rub a little stick on the inside of your cheek. The kit is mailed to you from the company, you take the sample (twice), then mail the kit back. I'm the administrator for the STRAUB DNA project. You can read more about it at my web site:
We now have results back from 18 STRAUB/STROUP/etc.:
I have found the project really fascinating, not to mention that it proved my own connection to Johann Pieter STRAUB, the 1733 immigrant to Philadelphia, a connection that I still haven't proven on paper, but now know I'm on the right track.
I'll be happy to answer any additional questions you might have, but we should switch to private email. Because DNA testing involves purchasing a test kit, someone may complain that this is a commercial post, which is against GenForum rules and which is why I haven't named the company or provided a link to it here in this message. As a disclaimer, please note that I'm retired, genealogy is my hobby, and I have no financial connections with the company (I'm volunteer administrator).
DNA testing is the biggest breakthough in the history of genealogy, and it's simply a fact of life that we can't run the tests ourselves, but have to pay a commercial lab to do it for us. And, for practical reasons, any one surname project will be based at one company (one testing lab), so I chose the biggest, most experienced company at which to base the project.
For me, DNA testing simply proved a connection I already believed in, based on family oral history. But DNA testing is the most help for someone at a brick wall with no idea where to look next. I hope you'll join us.
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