Joining A Project

DNA testing works best when people who are researching the same surname work together to further knowledge.

Here are some of the benefits of joining a surname project:
  • A project website allows you to join others in posting results and pedigrees to see how it all fits together.  Each of us may hold a piece of the puzzle for our genetic family.  By joining a project, you can work with others to put the puzzle together. 
     
  • Ordering through the project's order page gives you a cheaper price for yDNA tests.
     
  • Ordering through the project's order page automatically makes you a member of the project.  
     
  • Joining a project at FTDNA lets you receive
    • a welcome message with information about the project and the project's website.
    • emails informing you when new results or pedigrees are posted .
    • updates about the project, FTDNA sales, and other news.
Frequently asked questions
 

 
How do you join a Surname DNA project? 

There are a number of ways.  Find your situation below:
I haven't been tested yet.
  • Ordering through the project automatically makes you a member of the project, and usually gives you $20 off the price of a yDNA test.
  • When your results are ready, the Project Administrator will be notified and will be given access to your results for posting on the project's Results Page. 
I took the mtDNA test.  Can I still join a Surname Project?
  • Most Surname Projects welcome mtDNA test-takers, as a way to include you in the family research.  However, your mtDNA test results will not be displayed on the project's Results Page, as Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace the father line, since yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. 
  • Your mtDNA test traces your maternal line--your mother, her mother, her mother's mother...all the way back.
  • By joining the project, you will be able to provide your family's pedigree and will receive updates whenever there is new information posted on the project's website.
  • You can join the project through your personal page at FTDNA.
  • You may be able to locate a male to yDNA test to represent your family line in the project: Finding the right male.
I took the Family Finder test.  Can I still join a Surname Project?

  • Most Surname Projects welcome Family Finder test-takers, as a way to include you in the family research.  However, your Family Finder test results will not be displayed on the project's Results Page, as Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace the father line, since yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. 
  • Your Family Finder test tests your autosomal DNA--the DNA you received from all your recent ancestors, going back about 5 generations--but does not trace a particular paternal line.
  • By joining the project, you will be able to provide your family's pedigree and will receive updates whenever there is new information posted on the project's website.
  • You can join the project through your personal page at FTDNA.
  • You may be able to locate a male to yDNA test to represent your family line in the project: Finding the right male.
How can I find a male to yDNA test to represent my family line in the Surname Project?
I took a yDNA test, but this surname came down to me through a woman.  Can I still join the Surname Project?
  • You should contact the Project Administrator to ask the Project's Policy.  Most Surname Projects welcome you, as a way to include you in the family research.  However, your y-DNA test results will not be displayed on the project's Results Page, as Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace the fathers' line, since yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. 
  • Your yDNA results represent the  DNA you received from your father and traces his paternal line.
  • If this is your situation, please let the Project Admin know, as he can change the settings so that your yDNA Results will not be displayed on the Project's y-Results Page, as that can be confusing for the project.  
  • You may be able to locate a male to yDNA test to represent your family line in the project: Finding the right male.
I have already been tested at FTDNA.
  • Once your test results are back, you may want to join other projects that will be helpful in your research.
  • FTDNA allows you to join as many projects as you feel are relevant to your test and your research. 
  • Use the link "join" under "Projects" in the dark blue bar across the top of your personal page to join.
  • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified and will be given access to your results for posting on the project's y-Results Page. 
     
I was tested at another company.
  • FTDNA now allows people who tested at other companies to join FTDNA's database for a modest amount.  This will allow you to join the project, have your results displayed with the project, and receive emails from the project administrator.
  • In addition, FTDNA now offers a package that upgrades your results to more markers, allows you to upload your results to the FTDNA database (the largest in genetic genealogy) and receive access to your matches and other tools at FTDNA.
    To learn more, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx
  • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified and will be given access to your results for posting on the project's Results Page.  
     
I am part of the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP). 
  • You can transfer your results and your retained sample to Family Tree DNA.
  • Go to your National Geographic Genographic Project page.
    • Log in using your kit number.
    • On the next page, click on "I acknowledge".
    • On the next page, scroll all the way down to the bottom.  Click on  "learn more" in small blue letters near the bottom of the page. 
    • Check "I agree".
    • Fill out: "Adding Your Record to FTDNA" and click "Continue"
    • You should be able to finish it from there.
  • Once you have been transferred into FamilyTreeDNA, you will be given access to a "personal page". Click the link in the left column named "Join Projects". 
  • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified and will be given access to your results for posting on the project's Results Page. 
How do I find a surname project?
If you're not sure whether there is a project for your surname, go to www.familytreedna.com and type your surname in the search box.  Follow the links to find your surname project.   
(Or, go to the Surname Projects page of the World Families website to search.)

If your surname project has a WorldFamilies.net project website, click the "Order test" link in the menu bar across the top of the project's web page.  This will take you to the FTDNA order page for your project.

 What do I do if there is no surname project for my surname of interest?
  • WorldFamilies.net helps projects get going and helps admins learn their way.  We'll be glad to extend that service to you and your project, The site is free to you and your project in all cases.  You and the project participants will still have exactly the same relationship with FTDNA 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.
  • Click here to send us an email requesting a project.
Here are some projects you may want to join:

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