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Your 'Personal Page" at FTDNA

When you are tested at Family Tree DNA, you are given access to your Personal Page
as soon as your test kit is returned.

You will need your kit number and a password (which FTDNA sends you when your
kit is returned) to log in at www.familytreedna.com to view your “personal page”.

While you are waiting for your results to be ready, you will see the
following on your personal page:
Imput information in these sections right away.
  • My Project Groups -- This will show the project through which you ordered the test,
    as ordering through a project automatically makes you a member of the project.
    • Join Projects--Click the link and scroll through the projects that may be of interest to you. 
      Click on the project(s) you would like to join, read the description, and click the "join" link in the
      lower right corner to join the project.
    • My FTDNA Home--Your home page for your personal information, messages from FTDNA and
      quick links to all parts of your personal page.
    • My FTDNA Forum--Look for topics and posts of interest to you on FTDNA Forums.
  • My Account
    • Contact Information
      • You can update or add an email address.
      • Provide the country of origin for your earliest known paternal and maternal ancestors.
    • User Preferences --

      • You can upload a photo of yourself
      • Ancestral surnames--option of providing a list of surnames for use with Family Finder tests
      • Set Preferences--
        • Be sure to choose whether to compare your results against the entire database or just your
          Surname Project.
        • Choose whether to show matches at 12, 25, 37, and/or 67 markers.
      • "Displaying the Most Distant Known Ancestor" - post your most distant known relative and your city
        or country of origin
        , which is very important piece of information which will be displayed with your test
        results and will be helpful to those you match.
  • My Maps
    • Plot Ancestral Locations--
      • Enter the information about your Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor and Location
      • Enter the information about your Most Distant Known Maternal Ancestor and Location (Note:  this is
        NOT the wife of your Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor; this is the most distant female you know
        in your MATERNAL line.)
      • Please enter whatever you know here, as this will be information used in your Surname Project.
  • Tools
    • Refer Friends and Family--a tool for sending an email to your fellow researchers and family members to
      get them to take a look and possibly get involved.
    • Interpreting Results - Explanation of your results and how to interpret them.
    • GEDCOM - Family Tree --An easy way to upload your GEDCOM to the FTDNA website

When your test results are ready

When you get an email that your results are ready, log in at www.familytreedna.com using your kit
number and password.  You will see some new links that are very important to you.

These are the parts that you'll want to look at right away.

For YDNA test results
For MTDNA test resultsYDNA

  • Matches--You will need to scroll down to see the list of your matches.
    • FTDNA provides a lot of information in this section.  Read the instructions near the top of the page and the
      "Understanding.." links provided.
    • Then scroll down to look at your matches.  Here are some tips that will help understand what you are seeing:
      • You will receive the name and email address of each reported match.  You can contact your matches by
        clicking on the email address.
      • Exact matches are the most important, but the highest number of markers on which you match another
        participant is considered most important.
      • Genetic Distance tells you on how many markers you do not match:  For example
        12 Marker - Genetic Distance 1, means you do not match on 1 marker, or in other words,
        you match on 11 out of 12 markers (11/12)
      • To learn how to evaluate your matches and understand your results,
        read World Families Understand Your Results
      • Contacting Matches:  You can contact any match by clicking on his email address. 
        See Joining Forces for more information about contacting matches.
  • Haplotree
    • My Haplotree -- shows you your confirmed or predicted haplogroup and where your
      specific haplogroup fits within the defined groups of the haplogroup, as determined through SNP testing. 
      To learn more about Haplogroups.
    • Frequency Map -- shows where your haplogroup originated and where it appears on the globe.
    • Migration Map -- shows your ancient ancestral origins and migrations through past centuries.
    • My Matches-- List of your matches' ancestral origins, from the information they provided to FTDNA
      under "Plot Ancestral Origins" on their personal page.
  • Ancestral Origins
    • Shows you the countries of origins reported by those whose yDNA test results match yours.
    • It's important to note both the number of matches you have for a country and how many people
      in the database have reported that country of origin.  (For example, if you have 6 matches from
      England and 3 from France, you may want to focus more on France, as the number of people
      from France who have been tested is so much smaller - this means that the proportion from France
      who match you is much higher.)  This information is given to you in the Percentage column on the
      right.  Percentages above 2% are considered significant, and percentages above 4% are
      considered highly significant.
  • DYS Values--these are your actual test results (the count at each of the markers that is
    compared against others in your haplogroup to find your matches).
    • Your yDNA test results will be shown in "Panels", as the markers were tested in the lab.
      • Think of the part of the DNA strand that the lab tests as a street.  The "DYS#" is the address on that strand of the DNA.  At each address there is a specific pattern that repeats over and over.  The lab looks at a specific part of the DNA strand and count how many times a pattern repeats at each address (DYS#) on that strand.
      • The number of times the pattern repeats is called an "Allele"  The numbers listed in the "Alleles" row is your own individual count at that marker.  These are the numbers that will be used to compare to other tests in the project and database to see if you share a common ancestor.
    • Click on "Understanding your results" just above the test results to take you to information that will help you read and understand the DNA test results and what they mean
    • Print Certificate/Report/Data--FTDNA no longer mails a certificate, but you can print your own using this link

mtDNA (This section will show for those who were tested for mtDNA)

  • Matches--please read "smartMatching"
    • You will receive the name and email address of each reported match.  You can contact your matches by clicking on the email address.
    • Matches are reported as low-resolution matches and high-resolution matches.
      • Low resolution matches may indicate a shared common ancestor which may be recent or may date to several thousand years ago.
      • High resolution matches will indicate a more recent common ancestry, but may still predate known paper trails.
    • Here is where you will find a link to MitoSearch.org, the public data base where anyone who was tested at any company can upload mtDNA results for comparison.
  • Migration Maps--show the migration of your maternal ancestors, based on your maternal haplogroup.
  • Ancestral Origins
    • Shows you the countries of origins reported by those whose mtDNA test results match yours.
    • It's important to note both the number of matches you have for a country and how many people in the database have reported that country of origin.  (For example, if you have 6 matches from England and 3 from France, you may want to focus more on France, as the number of people from France who have been tested is so much smaller - this means that the proportion from France who match you is much higher.)  This information is given to you in the Percentage column on the right.  Percentages above 2% are considered significant, and percentages above 4% are considered highly significant.
  • Haplogroup Origins--Shows you the countries of origin of your matches who belong to the same major haplogroup as you.
  • Results--be sure to read "Understanding Your Results" on this page.
    • Shows you your mtDNA matches
    • Compares your mtDNA results against the Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS) and tells you what your differences (mutations) from that Reference.
  • Print Certificate/Report/Data--FTDNA no longer mails a certificate, but you can print your own using this link

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