A lod score method is provided for mapping genes relative to the centromere using family data from autosomal trisomies. Such gene-centromere mapping can be performed whenever two or more members of a meiotic tetrad can be recovered. The critical mapping parameter is not the recombination value theta or the map distance omega, but the probability of nonreduction in a heterozygous host, the probability of heterozygosity (nonreduction) is 1-gamma/2 for a meiosis I error and gamma for a meiosis II error. Under various assumptions regarding chiasma interference, gamma can be related to theta and omega. We provide specific methods for estimating gamma and theta from trisomy data using maximum likelihood, so that recombination may be studied on chromosomes that underwent nondisjunction.