Free Project Website

WorldFamilies.net provides a website to any project that operates at FTDNA at absolutely no charge when requested by the project administrator.  Our project approach has evolved through nearly 10 years of project administration, applied to hundreds of projects, serving thousands of participants. The free site can be used as a stand-alone system, can be used in conjunction with the project pages provided by FTDNA, or can be coordinated with another site which already supports your project.

We also support admins who are beyond their capabilities (due to health, other committments or technology) and  even "adopt" projects when an admin dies or retires. If we are supporting an active family admin, it means that he (or she) puts their energies into the parts of the project where they get the most impact and we provide the remaining support.  In that ideal case - the net effort goes up.  If we take over a project from an active admin, then the net effort may diminish, as we don't recruit or initiate contact.  However, our support allows a project to continue when it would other wise stop.  Ideally, another family admin soon steps up.

A partial listing of projects where we have recently stepped in to help is listed at the bottom of this page, followed by a listing of some of the project administrators we support - in varying arrangements.

A WorldFamilies Surname Project Site includes up to 10 pages: (Ex from Dunbar Project.)

  1. Home page can be customized with links and general project information
  2. Patriarchs page where the participating and targeted families are listed, along with Line Leaders and Test representative's code number (can be uploaded as an HTML file)
  3. yDNA Results page for marker results, grouped by "Lineage" or "Haplotype" (can be uploaded as an HTML file)
  4. Order page general information about ordering and a link to the FTDNA order page
  5. mtDNA page for posting mtDNA results and related discussion (freeform page)
  6. Discussion page for the Administrator's Analysis or other thoughts
  7. Help page if you can't figure out what to do next
  8. FTDNA project page the project ordering page at FTDNA (no edit privilege)
  9. Forum for interactive discussion, Topic Threads and Blogging (no edit privilege)
  10. Post Pedigree Page where researchers post their pedigrees (no edit privilege)
(The project admin will always have Pages 1,4 & 8. 
Pages 2,3,5,6,7, 9 & 10 are used at the administrator's discretion)


To obtain a project website for your project, please click
Request a Free WorldFamilies.net Project Site


Getting a Free WorldFamilies.net Project Site for a new project

Option 1: You can become one of the WorldFamilies.net projects, which brings our direct support to your project: sending welcome messages, posting pedigrees at the Patriarch page, posting results, etc. - until you are ready to take these duties. We help you get things running smoothly and are on call when you need - which will mean that we will have access to your Group Admin page. Terry's name can be included on the WorldFamilies.net pages - or not  – that’s your choice. You'll be able to count on us if you need a second set of eyes or technical insight.

To do option 1, we need your confirmation that you would like to be included in our WorldFamilies.net system.  We'll then request the project be established - and designate you (or whomever you designate) as Lead Admin.

Option 2: You are completely independent as project administrator and have the use of the project sites that we furnish. In this scenario, we ask that you and your project participants use the link that we put on the project pages to order your tests at FTDNA.

Option 3: We will be happy to setup a surname project for your surname. The project will utilize the same interlocking set of sites at FTDNA, WorldFamilies.net and WFNForum.net  You agree to order a surname test to kick off the project and we'll do the administration. You simply use the project for your research

The site is free to you in all cases.
You and the project participants will still have exactly the same relationship with FTDNA as if you had set up the project on your own and will pay exactly the same as you would pay if you were totally unconnected to us.
If, at any time in the future, you wish to disassociate with us - you can do that with one email - no questions asked (except "why" so we'll know a reason) We expect you to honor the requirements that we lay out in the email that that brings your edit access code.

Let us know which option you want. And - feel free to verify that our service is legitimate and endorsed by FTDNA - they actually initiated the concept for us.

Here's a link to the admin guide that you will receive if you choose Option 1 or 2:  adminguide


Getting a Free WorldFamilies.net ProjectSite for an existing project

Option 2: You are completely independent as project administrator and have the use of the project sites that we furnish. In this scenario, we ask that you and your project participants use the link that we put on the project pages to order your tests at FTDNA. 

The site is free to you either way. You and the project participants will still have exactly the same relationship with FTDNA as if you had set up the project on your own and will pay exactly the same as you would pay if you were totally unconnected to us.  If, at any time in the future, you wish to disassociate with us - you can do that with one email -  no questions asked (except "why" so we'll know a reason)   We expect you to honor the requirements that we lay out in the email that that brings your edit access code.

Let us know which option you want.  And - feel free to verify that our service is legitimate and endorsed by FTDNA - they actually initiated the concept for us.

Here's a link to the admin guide that you will receive if you choose Option 1 or 2:  adminguide


To obtain a project website for your project, please click
Request a Free WorldFamilies.net Project Site

As of May 2010 - Some of the projects where we have recently stepped in to help (for a variety of reasons) include:

Byrne - 200 members         http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/byrne/
Cook -  295 members         http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/cook/
Frame - 41 members          http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/frame/
Hodgens - 56 members       http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/hodgens/
Hughes - 159 members       http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/hughes
Mitchell - 245 members       http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/mitchell
A partial listing of administators who we support (in various ways) includes:
Jeanette Ahrens
Dick Allen
Sara Allen
Mark Arslan
Whit Athey
Vincent Babcock
Ray Banks
Gary Barton
Bill Bateman
Mark Beasley
Judy Beck
Mary Lee Becker
Steven Bird
Michael Black
Georgia Kenney Bopp
Katherine Borges
Paul Burns
Bob Capps
Stephanie Carson
Kim Coleman
Philip Converse
Jim Cooke
Kevin Crawford
Kathy Decker
Steve Dilks
Ralph Dugger
Faye Elder
Stephanie Carson Feldman
John Harrison
Kenny Hedspeth
Lorna Henderson
Gareth Henson
Linda Heron
Earl Herring
Ron Hodges
Clyde Hood
William "Al" Hughes
Jim Hull
Doug Jenkins
John Jernigan
Linda Jonas
Shanna Jones
Jeanne Killick
Cherie Koch
Thomas Krahn
Linda Magellan
Lezlie Markey
Ed Marton
Cheryl Gunn Maxwell
Dennis McClure
John McCullough
Linda MacLaughlin
Wayne Modlin
Daniela Moneta
Debra Nowell
Gregory Parker
Richard M Payton
Dave Pitts
Marie Plummer
Craig Rhodes
Linda Romero
Alice Rucker
Paul Sheats
John Shepherd
Libby Siskron
Steve St Clair
Owen Stiles
Robert Strong
Derrell Teat
Mike Terry
Elmer Thorn
Teresa Tighe
Ray Vick
Doris Wheeler
Rick Wickwire
John Wion
Valentine Van Zee