I have been researching my Maltese paternal line for a long time now, and fortunately due to one of my distant ancestors being upper class, my genealogy is well documented up until the around 1490, when my 14th great grandfather married.
He was a Knight, possibly of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and there is no birth record for him in Malta and this was an interesting time in Maltese history with many people coming from mainland Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Sicily to repopulate the island after it was retaken from the Arabs.
My surname is of uncertain etymology and it would be fascinating to find out where my paternal ancestor came from before he migrated to Malta, or whether he was part of the pre-replacement population.
I want to take a YDNA test that will help me see whether relatives with variants of the surname exist in other parts of Southern Europe and also where my subclade / subsubclade is most common and therefore most likely to have originated from.
Family Tree DNA offer a test for 37, 111 or 700 STRs. Which one of these will likely be best value for money for my purposes?