Contact Your Matches

How to Contact Your Matches
  • Tips for Contacting Your Matches
    • Don't "bother" 12 marker matches
      • Most researchers do not consider 12 markers enough to be conclusive
      • Unless it's your only, or an important match, then ask them to join you in upgrading to see if the match holds.
    • Tell them...
      • Who you are
      • How you match
      • Who specifically that you match
      • Your ancestry
    • Ask them
      • For their help
      • To define their ancestry
      • To work together
  • MATCHES AT FTDNA:  FTDNA will send you automated messages when you have a match (either with only your surname project members or to their internal "opted-in" database) - depending on your selection.  You can contact these individuals by clicking their name on the page "Matches" on your FTDNA page.
     
  • MATCHES ON THE PROJECT'S RESULTS or PATRIARCHS PAGE OF THE PROJECT'S WEBSITE:
    • Each time Results or Pedigrees are updated on the Project's website, take a few minutes to see if you have a match or you recognize any of the ancestors.
    • Contact those whose pedigrees indicate that you share a common ancestor.  
    • Matches on the Patriarch's Page:
      • The name and email address for the pedigree provider is posted at the end of the first line of the pedigree. 
      • Change the AT to @ and remove the spaces to use the email address to contact him or her.  (We use the AT and spaces to preven spam harvesters from stealing your email address from the webpage.) 
    • Matches on the Results Page:
      • If you have a match that is shown on the project's Results Page, you will want to exchange information and compare your paper trails to find where you connect. 
      • Check the Project's Patriarchs Page to see if your match has posted a pedigree (kit number will be in red at end of pedigree).
      • Some (most) of your matches on the project’s Results page will also appear as a match on your personal page matches at FTDNA. However, some of them will not, as they may not have tested at FTDNA, they may not be a member of your project, or they may have chosen not to show publicly as a match at the FTDNA website.
      • Currently, it is difficult to correlate which project members you match on the project’s Results Page with the persons your match on your personal page at FTDNA, as Project websites use the kit number or an identity number to identify project members, while FTDNA identifies your matches by name.   You can ask your Project Administrator to tell you if a match on the Results Page already appears on your "Matches" page at FTDNA, to avoid contacting the same person twice.