Linkage analysis in French-Canadian families with vitamin D dependency type I (VDD1) demonstrated that the gene responsible for the disease is linked to polymorphic RFLP markers in the 12q14 region. We studied 76 subjects in 14 sibships which included 17 affected individuals and 17 obligate heterozygotes. Significant results for linkage were obtained with the D12S17 locus at the male recombination fraction (theta m) .018 (Z[theta m theta f] = 3.20) and with D126 at (theta m = .025 (Z[theta m theta f] = 3.07). Multipoint linkage analysis and studies of haplotypes and recombinants strongly suggest the localization of the VDD1 locus between the collagen type II alpha 1 (COL2A1) locus and clustered loci D12S14, D12S17, and D12S6, which segregate as a three-marker haplotype. Linkage disequilibrium between VDD1 and this three-marker haplotype supports the notion of a founder effect in the studied population. The current status of the localization of the disease allows for carrier detection in the families at risk.