Skip to Content

About DNA Surname Projects

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.
  • Ordering through the project's order page gives you a cheaper price for yDNA and mtDNA tests.
  • Ordering through the project's order page automatically makes you a member of the project.  
  • Joining a project, either through ordering a test or joining through your page at FTDNA, lets you receive
    • a welcome message with specific information about the project's website.
    • emails informing you whenever new results or pedigrees are posted on the project's website.
    • updates about the project, FTDNA sales, and other news of interest.   

 

How do your join a Surname DNA project? 
There are a number of ways.  Find your situation below:
 

Why join a Surname DNA project?

How do I find a surname project?

What do I do if there is no surname project for my surname of interest?

I haven't been tested yet. How do I join the project?

I've already been tested at FTDNA.  How do I join the project?

I was tested at another company. Can I join your project?

I am part of the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP).
How do I join this project?

Can I join more than one surname project?

How do I join an mtDNA project?

How do I join the genographic (National Geographic Genographic)
project?

How do I join a Y-Haplogroup project?

How do I join a Geographic project? 

Why join a Surname DNA project?

  • Ordering through the project automatically makes you a member of the project,
    and usually gives you $20 off the price of the yDNA or mtDNA test.
  • As a member of the project, you will receive an email whenever there is a new pedigree
    or new results posted on the project's website.
  • A surname DNA project can help you
    • confirm relationships identified by traditional genealogy
    • locate related families lost through the passage of time
    • identify the origin of the family’s early ancestors
    • find other families who share your genetic ancestor(s)
    • connect with a community of researchers
  • The aim for many participants is to identify a participant who "matches" their test results,
    and who can help them find the paper trail that leads further back up the family tree.
  • Large surname projects typically work to catalog all known families carrying the surname.
    As many surnames have evolved over time, a common approach is to open a surname project
    to all known spellings - plus others that may have been changed over time - either closer to -
    or further away - from the most common spellings. So, don't be too concerned if your surname
    is grouped with other surnames that you are certain aren't related. (they need a place to test, too)

How do I find a surname project? 

1.  If you're not sure whether there is a project for your surname, search here:   


     

 

 

(Or, go to the Surname Projects page of the World Families website to search for your project.) 

On the World Families' 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.

If you are unable to find your surname of interest, you can go to the FTDNA website and do
a search there to see if a project exists.

What do I do if there is no surname project for my surname of interest?   

One of the things that we do is to help projects get going and help 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.

There are three ways we can do this.  In each scenario, we will set up with a project website at
WorldFamilies.net and surname Forums at WFNForum.net - which are interlinked with the
"Project ordering page" at FTDNA.
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 them over).
Option 2: You are completely independent as project administrator and have the use of the free project
sites that we furnish.
Option 3: We set up a surname project for your surname, if no project already exists at FTDNA.
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.
Click here for more information about requesting a Project and/or a Project website at World Families.
Click here to send us an email requesting a project. 

I haven't been tested yet. How do I join the project?

  • If you have not been tested, order your test through the project (which will automatically make you a
    member of the project).
  • If you're not sure whether there is a project for your surname, search here: 
     
     
  • (Or, go to the Surname Projects page of the World Families website to search for your project.) 
  • On the World Families' 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.
  • If you are unable to find your surname of interest, you can go to the FTDNA website and do a search
    there to see if a project exists.

Help in choosing the right test.
Help in filling out the order form.

I've already been tested at FTDNA. How do I join the project?

  • In your FTDNA personal page is a link the left column named "Join Projects".  Click on that link.  
  • Find the name of the project on the next page.  Click on the name of project you wish to join. 
    The next page will tell you about the project and provide a link to to its website.  Click on the
    "JOIN" button on the lower right.
  • The name of the project you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page
    under "My Project Groups".  (FTDNA allows you to join as many surname projects, geographic projects,
    and haplogroup projects as you feel are appropriate.  All of the projects you have joined will appear in
    the left column of your personal page.)
  • The project administrator wil be notified that you have joined the group, and your test results will be
    available for posting on the project's results page. 
  • We hope that you'll also send your family pedigree to Carrie at World Families to post on your
    Project's Patriarchs Page. 
    • Click here to send your pedigree to Carrie at World Families for posting on the Project's
      Patriarch Page.
  • You can also post your family pedigree at the projects Pedigree Forum on the project's World Families
    website.
  • Please encourage the other researchers that you work with to join in, both in posting their pedigrees
    and in getting the yDNA of their ancestral family on record in the project. (For information on posting
    your pedigree, please read  Post a Pedigree.)
  • Note: Or, if all else fails, you can ask FTDNA to transfer you into the project - ph (713) 868-1438 or
    email
    helpdesk@familytreedna.com

I was tested at another company. Can I join your project? 

  • Yes, if you were tested at one of the companies whose results we accept for posting. We will post your
    results on the project's Results Page if you submit them in the table we provide upon request.  
    Different
    testing companies lists markers in a different order and assign different numbers, and do not test all the
    same markers, which is why we ask you to place your results in the spaces provided and adjust the numbers
    as instructed, so that they will be correct for posting on the Results page.
    We require that you provide your
    earliest known ancestor and pedigree.
    • Please click here to request a table for results from another company. 
    • You can upload your results to Ysearch, the public database that FTDNA maintains for anyone who tests
      at any company, so that you can compare results against others who have uploaded results.
      www.ysearch.org
    • You can re-test at FTDNA for a reduced price they offer people who have tested elsewhere, so that you will get
      all the benefits of testing at FTDNA. The cost is $119 for 37 markers. Here is a page that explains how to retest
      at FTDNA:
      http://www.worldfamilies.net/retest
  • Family Tree DNA, who provides the testing for this project, only puts test results in its data base for those who
    are tested at FTDNA, so you will not have access to the information at FTDNA.. This is part of the service they
    provide to their customers. Here are a couple of other things you can do:

  • We hope that you'll also send your family pedigree to Carrie at World Families to post on your Project's 
    Patriarchs Page. 
    • Click here to send your pedigree to Carrie at World Families for posting on the Project's Patriarch
      Page.
  • You can also post your family pedigree at the projects Pedigree Forum on the project's World Families website.
    (For information on posting your pedigree, Post a Pedigree.)
  • Please encourage the other researchers that you work with to join in, both in posting their pedigrees and in getting
    the yDNA of their ancestral family on record in the project.
  • Family Tree DNA now allows those who have previously tested at another company to retest at FTDNA at a
    reduced price.  This offer gives you many benefits:
    • Full privileges in your Surname Project
    • Only way to be included in FTDNA’s internal database
    • Facilitates membership in multiple projects (you have direct comparison in each with no additional testing and
      at no extra charge.)
    • Guaranteed retention of your test sample for 25 years
    • Other Important Features--see our full explanation of retesting at FTDNA here.
    • FTDNA has put their special order page back up. http://www.familytreedna.com/PDF/PROMO_GAP.pdf
    • Pricing for retesting at FTDNA (if you have already been tested at some other commercial lab):
  •  

  • 12 markers $59     (savings $40)
    25 markers $89     (savings $40 + $20 = $60)
    37 markers $119   (savings $40 + $20 + $20 = $80 over incremental upgrades - or $70 over initial 37 marker order)
    note: Add $2 for domestic s/h and $4 for international s/h

 

 

I am part of the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP). How do I join this project?

  • You can transfer yourself, 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.  You will see "learn more" in small blue letters near
      the bottom of the page.  Click on it.
    • Check "I agree".
    • Fill out the FTDNA form "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". 
    • In your FTDNA personal page is a link the left column named "Join Projects".  Click on that link.  
    • Find the name of the project on the next page.  Click on the name of project you wish to join.  The next page
      will tell you about the project and provide a link to to its website.  Click on the "JOIN" button on the lower right.
    • The name of the project you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page under "My Project Groups". 
      (FTDNA allows you to join 2 surname projects, 1 geographic project, and 1 haplogroup project.  All of the projects
      you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page.)
    • The project administrator will be notified that you have joined the group, and your test results will be
      available for posting on the project's results page. 
    • We hope that you'll also send your family pedigree to Carrie at World Families to post on your Project's 
      Patriarchs Page. 
      • Click here to send your pedigree to Carrie at World Families for posting on the Project's Patriarch
        Page.
      • You can also post your family pedigree at the projects Pedigree Forum on the project's World Families
        website. 
    • Please encourage the other researchers that you work with to join in, both in posting their pedigrees and in
      getting the yDNA of their ancestral family on record in the project. (For information on posting your pedigree,
      please read  Post a Pedigree.)
    • Note: Or, if all else fails, you can ask FTDNA to transfer you into the project - ph (713) 868-1438 or
      email
      info@familytreedna.com
    •  

Can I join more than one surname project?

Yes, FTDNA allows each participant to belong to several projects:

  • As many surname projects as you like
  • geographic project
  • y-haplogroup project (if you have been yDNA tested)
  • mt-haplogroup (if you have been mtDNA tested)

How do I join an mtDNA project?

  • In your FTDNA personal page is a link the left column named "Join Projects".  Click on that link.  
  • Find the name of the project on the next page.  Click on the name of project you wish to join under the
    heading "MT Haplogroup Projects".  The next page will tell you about the project and provide a link to to its
    website.  Click on the "JOIN" button on the lower right.
  • The name of the project you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page under "My Project Groups". 
    (FTDNA allows you to join 2 surname projects, 1 geographic project, and 1 haplogroup project.  All of the projects you
    have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page.)
  • The project administrator wil be notified that you have joined the group, and your test results will be available for posting
    on the project's results page.
  • Note: you cannot join a mt -Haplogroup project if you have not done a mtDNA test.)

How do I join the genographic (National Geographic Genographic) project?

  • Go to your FTDNA Personal page (go to Family Tree DNA and then enter your kit number and password to log in to see
    your personal page)
  • Look in the left column under "Tools for  "Genographic Project"
  • Click "I agree" and then "Continue"
  • Confirm your personal details and submit your request by clicking "continue" 

How do I join a Y-Haplogroup project? 

  • In your FTDNA personal page is a link the left column named "Join Projects".  Click on that link. 
  • Find the name of the project on the next page under the heading "Y Haplogroup Projects".  Click on the name of project
    you wish to join.  The next page will tell you about the project and provide a link to to its website.  Click on the "JOIN" button
    on the lower right.
  • The name of the project you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page under "My Project Groups". 
    (FTDNA allows you to join 2 surname projects, 1 geographic project, and 1 haplogroup project.  All of the projects you
    have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page.)
  • The project administrator wil be notified that you have joined the group, and your test results will be available for posting
    on the project's results page.
  • (Note: you cannot join a Y-Haplogroup project if you have not done a yDNA test.)

How do I join a Geographic project? 

  • In your FTDNA personal page is a link the left column named "Join Projects".  Click on that link.  
  • Find the name of the project on the next page.  Click on the name of project you wish to join under the heading that includes
    "Geographical Projects".  The next page will tell you about the project and provide a link to to its website.  Click on the "JOIN"
    button on the lower right.
  • The name of the project you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page under "My Project Groups". 
    (FTDNA allows you to join as many surname projects,  geographic projects, and haplogroup projects as are appropriate
    for your test results.  All of the projects you have joined will appear in the left column of your personal page.)
  • The project administrator wil be notified that you have joined the group, and your test results will be available for posting
    on the project's results page. 

"This information is for the private use of any genealogical researcher to further their own knowledge. It is not to be
reprinted in any form without the written permission of the World Families Network."

Group admins

Project Administrators