Most Frequently Asked Questions

 
We receive many emails each day, and many of the queries are very similar.  We have compiled a Q & A below that answers the most commonly asked questions.  Scroll down and see if you can find your question.  If not, send us an email.
Using the World Families' website   
Understanding DNA testing
Ordering a Test
Providing Ancestral Information (Pedigrees)
Joining a Surname Project
After you have been tested
Do I have to log in to view a project's website?
No, you can view any page of a project's website without logging in.  You can find the project's website by going to the Surnames page and following the links to the project's website.
All the information we have about the Project members is displayed on the project's website:
Navigate to all the pages of the website by using the menu bar across the top of the project page.  The pages of most interest to you initially will be the Patriarchs Page and the Results Page.
You do need to log in to post on the forums and to "Make this a Favorite Project"   When your click this link and "Join" the project, a link to the project will appear in the left sidebar under "Favorite Projects" each time you log in.  You can have as many Favorite Projects as you would like. 
 
 
How do I register at the website?
  • You do not need to be registered or logged in to view any page of the website.
  • Navigate to all pages of the project bar using the menu bar at the top of the page.
  • You DO need to log in to be able to post on the forums.  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectforums
  • You can click “Make this a favorite project” in the left sidebar after you have registered so that you will see a link to the project under “Favorite Projects” whenever you log in. 
  • To register:
    • Under the login button, click on "Create new account"
    • It will bring up a new screen that will have a box that says:  "Register - Required Information" .
    • You can choose any username and password you would like. If you want to hide your email from the public on the website, click on the box next to the blank for your email address.
    • Do a "visual verification" by typing the scrambled letters you see.
    • Read the usage agreement below it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the square by "I agree".
    • Click on "Register" below that.  You are now registered.
    • Make a note of the username and password you chose in case you forget it the next time you visit the forum.
  • After you have registered, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in.  You can have several favorite projects.
I've registered before, but now I can't log in.
Go to www.worldfamilies.net and click on the “Request new password” link right under the log-in box. 
Follow the instructions to receive an email to reset your password.
If you have changed your email address since you registered, you may not be able to receive the email.  In that case, email us with your user name and we can reset your password for you.
Sometimes there is confusion about the Family Tree DNA website, and the Project website that is located at World Families.  Your personal page is located at Family Tree DNA (www.familytreedna.com)  When you log in at www.familytreedna.com, you will need to use your kit number and the password they sent you when your kit was returned.  At the Family Tree DNA website, you are able to see your personal page.  If you are unable to log in there, contact Family Tree DNA directly and they will help you log in.  Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com
The Project website is hosted at World Families Network (www.worldfamilies.net .  You do not need to be registered or logged in to view any page on the website.  You only need to log in to post on the forum or to click the Track Project button at the project website, so that each time you log in you will see a link to the project in the left sidebar.  If you want to log in at www.worldfamilies.net, in order to post your pedigree, click on "Create new account" just under the log in box.  You will be able to choose your own user name and password (please make a note of them).  If you have registered at Worldfamilies Forum in the past but can't remember your user name or password, click on  "Request new password" just under the log in box. 
What is the relationship between FTDNA and WorldFamilies?
When Surname Projects do not have a family member to administer the project, Worldfamilies.net often steps in to administer the project until a family member is ready to take over.  We provide the project's website, post results and pedigrees on the website, inform project members of any activity in the project, and answer questions from the project members.  In addition, WorldFamilies also co-administers projects that have a Project Administrator who needs help administering the project.  WorldFamilies has a business relationship with Family Tree DNA that allows us to provide this service. More information about WorldFamilies.net
How do I find my surname project on this website?
  • You can  search for the project on the Surname Projects page of WorldFamilies.net
  • You can go to www.familytreedna.com, do a search for a surname project, and follow the links to order through the project. 
How does DNA testing work?
The DNA test is typically a cheek swab, which collects tissue cells. The laboratory examines these cells and uses standardized protocols to count the number of repeats of genetic patterns at standardized locations on the DNA helix. A yDNA result is a set of repeats (numbers) at particular addresses (markers). By comparing the numbers at the markers, we can determine if a man shares a common ancestor with a second sample. Typically, this is recorded as the number of exact matches and the total number of markers, i.e.: 12/12, 23/25 33/37, etc. Generally, for a greater number of markers, there is a higher reliability and for a closer the match in numbers, there is a closer relationship.  MtDNA and Family Finder results are reported differently.
More information on DNA testing
My ancestors are dead.  How do I get their DNA?
DNA tests are taken from living descendents of your ancestors.  Males carry the same yDNA as their fathers, grandfathers, … all the way back.   Females can get their brother, cousin, or other male relative’s yDNA tested to represent their ancestor’s yDNA. Anyone can test for mtDNA or autosomal DNA. 
Once I've decided to be tested, how do I choose a test? 
You have a choice of three tests in genetic genealogy: 
yDNA for the male (paternal) line,
mtDNA for the female (maternal) line and
Family Finder (autosomal dna)
to trace back on both sides for about 5 generations. 
For information on getting DNA testing:  Get DNA Tested
For information on choosing the right test: Which Test?
For step-by-step guidance through the whole process, read:  DNA the Smart Way.
Which yDNA test should I order?
Use as many markers as you can comfortably afford. Generally, we recommend starting with either 25 or 37 markers as a trade-off between cost and information. (If cost is a major issue, you can start with 12 markers and upgrade in steps.) If you know the surname you should match, you can probably get by with 25 markers. If you are trying to match to a different surname without a paper trail – you will need 37 markers. Most researchers who are serious about their genealogy have ended up with at least 37 markers – and many are now increasing to 67 markers.  You can go in steps, upgrading a bit at a time - or buy the markers all at once.
Which mtDNA test should I order?
If you are seeking information on your deep ancestry (1000s and 10,000s of years ago) the mtDNA test is sufficient. (This test is sometimes called HVR1)
If you wish to use your mtDNA result to confirm a maternal ancestry (you and another person share a common maternal ancestor) then you will gain by taking the mtDNA Plus test (This test is sometimes called HVR1 + HVR2)
If you wish to test your entire mtDNA sequence, then you’ll want the mtDNA Full Sequence test. (FTDNA calls this test “Mega”) FTDNA suggests this for anyone who doesn’t wish to be upgrading when they need more info – as this will give you the entire sequence.
How do I order a test?
You get the best price for a yDNA test at FTDNA by ordering through a project, and you will automatically become a member of the surname project.  Click the "order test" link on the project's website and you will be taken directly to the order page for your project at FTDNA.  You can also go to www.familytreedna.com, do a search for a surname project, and follow the links to order through the project.
Can I order a test for someone else?
Yes. Make sure you put in the name of the actual test taker in the first screen of the ordering process.
Enter the address the kit and the results will be mailed to. If this is not the address of the test taker put “c/o" the person receiving the kit, on the first address line. You can enter the address on the second line.
If you want the kit sent to one address and the results sent to another address enter the address you want the kit sent to. Once the test taker has received the kit and returned it to FTDNA you may change the address to the one you want the results sent to.
Be sure your email address is listed on the contact page at FTDNA so that you will receive the results, matches, and all other information about the test.  
For more information, read How to Order Tests.
How do I post ancestral information on my FTDNA personal page?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com and touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue bar at the top of the page. Click on "Most Distant Ancestor" and add the information for your paternal ancestor in the box provided. Then click "Save". The information will then be included on the Results Page the next time the project's Results Page is updated.
These are other links on your FTDNA page where you can provide ancestral information: 
Plot Ancestral Locations, GEDCOM
For more information 

 
How do I provide my Earliest Known Ancestor for my project’s Results Page?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com and touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue bar at the top of the page. Click on "Most Distant Ancestor" and add the information for your paternal ancestor in the box provided. Then click "Save". The information will then be included on the Results Page the next time the project's Results Page is updated.
Why doesn't my earliest known ancestor appear with my results on the project's results page?
The project's results page uses the earliest known ancestor (EKA) to identify project members.  When the EKA is not known, projects use "Not Provided" or the participants last name.  If your EKA does not appear on the Results Page with your test results, it means that you have not posted this information on your personal page at FTDNA.  You can do this by logging in at www.familytreedna.com and touching your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue bar at the top of the page.  Click on "Most Distant Ancestor" and add the information for your paternal ancestor in the box provided.  Then click "Save".  The information will then be included on the Results Page the next time the project's Results Page is updated. 
How do I post a pedigree on my project's Patriarch Page?
Each project website includes both a FAMILY PEDIGREE FORUM and a PROJECT’S PATRIARCH PAGE.
Please Note: Our Pedigree Policy was revised as of November 15, 2012, for WorldFamilies-administered Project Patriarch Pages.
The FAMILY PEDIGREE FORUM is open to anyone who has a family pedigree in the surname.
  • Researchers who are not a member of the Surname DNA Project, but wish to share a family pedigree.
  • Project Members who wish to post a more extended version of their pedigree to supplement the “stripped down” pedigree posted on the Patriarch Page.
  • Register and log in at www.worldfamilies.net.
  • How do I register to post a pedigree? Click here http://www.worldfamilies.net/register
  • Click the "Pedigree" link in the black menu bar on the project's website to go to the Pedigree Forum, scroll down to the last entry and click "Reply".
  • Pedigrees posted on this forum will NOT be posted on the Patriarch Page. If you are a project member, you must send your pedigree by email for it to be added to the Patriarch Page.  Click here to send your pedigree.
The PROJECT’S PATRIARCH PAGE includes only the pedigrees of Project Members.
  • Pedigrees included on the Patriarch Page must be for a member of the Surname Project
  • You must submit your pedigree by email to be added to the Patriarch Page
  • Click here to send your pedigree to WorldFamilies.net for posting on the Project's Patriarch Page.
I'm female. Can I be tested?
Yes. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) looks at the DNA that both women and men inherit from their mother's side. A mother passes her mtDNA to her children, but only females can pass it on. This represents the mother’s mother’s…mother’s maternal line. Your mtDNA result can be compared with another person’s mtDNA to see if you share a common female ancestor. Anyone can take this test. For more information about mtDNA.   Additionally, you can sponsor a male from your surname family of interest. This allows you to participate in your ancestral surname DNA project.  For help in choosing the right test for you,
How can I find a male family member to test?
Sometimes you have to go back up the family tree and come down again to find the right male to test.  
For example, if you are researching your mother’s surname line, ask these questions:
Did your mother have a brother?  Did he have a son?
Did your mother’s father have a brother?  Did he have sons?  Did they have sons?
Did your mother’s grandfather have a brother?  Did he have sons?  Did they have sons?....and so on. 
I'm researching a female relative. How can I use DNA testing?
You will need to find a male relative to yDNA test who is descended, through males only, from a common male ancestor with you.  For example, if you are researching your grandmother's line, you may be able to find a male to test in this way:
Did your grandmother have a brother?  Did he have sons?  Did they have sons?
If not, did your grandmother's father have a brother?  Did he have sons?  Did they have sons?
If not, did your grandmother's grandfather have a brother...and so on.
Some researchers have gone back up the tree 5 generations to come back down to find a living male to test. 
How do I join a surname project?
Surname projects use the yDNA test for their research, as yDNA is passed from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.  Females do not have yDNA, so can't be tested for a surname project.  However, many females have found a male relative to yDNA test for their surname of interest.  This male must be descended, through males only, from a common male ancestor of this surname with the female researcher.  Men who want to research a surname that came to them through a female ancestor will also need to find a male relative to yDNA test who is descended, through males only, from a common male ancestor of this surname. 
More information about finding the right person to test.
If you or a representative of your surname line has already been tested, you can join the project through your personal page at FTDNA:
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • (Note: you cannot join a Y-Haplogroup project if you have not done a yDNA test.)
I haven't been tested yet.  How do I join a Surname DNA Project?
Ordering your yDNA test through a project automatically makes you a member of a project (and gives you a lower yDNA test price).  
Search for a surname project
More information on joining a project
How to order a test
I've already been tested at FTDNA.  How do I join a Surname DNA Project?
Log in to your Personal Page at FTDNA, click on "Join Projects" in the left sidebar, and find your project.  Follow links to join.  Once you have joined the project, a link will appear on your Personal Page, and the Project Administrator will be notified. 
I tested for the National Geographic Genographic Project. Can I join a Surname DNA Project?
You can transfer your results to FTDNA and join projects.  Go to the NGGP page, log in using your kit number.  On the next page, click "I acknowledge".  On the following page, scroll all the way down and click on "learn more".  Check "I agree", then fill our the FTDNA form "Adding your Records to FTDNA" and click "Continue.  Once you have joined the project, a link will appear on your FTDNA Personal Page, and the Project Administrator will be notified. 
I tested at another company.  Can I join one of your surname projects?
FTDNA now allows people who tested at other companies to join FTDNA's database for a modest amount. This allows you to join our Surname Projects.  To learn more, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx
I took the mtDNA test.  Can I join a surname project?
Most Surname projects welcome mtDNA test takers - not so much for the mtDNA results, which doesn't correlate to the surname, as for the opportunity to include you in the family research.   However, your mtDNA test results are not useful to a surname project as yet, since Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace the father’s line. mtDNA tests look at the  DNA that you have received from your mother and traces your maternal line.  Surname do not follow the maternal line.   and is helpful in identifying recent cousins, but not in identifying a particular paternal line.
mtDNA Testing http://www.worldfamilies.net/famfind
I took the Family Finder test.  Can I join a surname project?
Most Surname projects welcome Family Finder test takers - not so much for the results, which don't correlate to the surname, as for the opportunity to include you in the family research. However, your Family Finder test results are not useful to a surname project as yet, since Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace the father’s line. Family Finder tests look at the autosomal DNA that you have received from all your ancestors over the last 5 or 6 generations, and is helpful in identifying recent cousins, but not in identifying a particular paternal line.
Family Finder Testing http://www.worldfamilies.net//about_mtdna
How do I trace my Native American Ancestry?
In order to test for Native American ancestry, you will need to have just the right connection between the ancestor you believe was Native American and the person being tested.
For a female Native American ancestor, you will use the mtDNA test. You will need to locate a person whose mother's mother's ... mother is the targeted Native American. If there is any male in the direct line between the person being tested and this ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's mtDNA and will not get what you seek. mtDNA is passed from a mother to her children. Men carry their mother's mtDNA, but cannot pass it on.
For a male Native American ancestor, you will use the yDNA test. You will need to locate a man whose father's father's ... father is the targeted Native American. If there is any female in the direct line between the man being tested and this ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's yDNA and will not get what you seek. yDNA is passed from a father to his sons. Women do not carry yDNA at all.
How do I trace my Jewish Ancestry?
In order to test for Jewish ancestry, you will need to have just the right connection between the ancestor you believe was Jewish and the person being tested. As the Jewish tradition is handed down through the mother, you would first consider the mtDNA test, which tests your mother's mother's ... mother's maternal ancestry.
For a male Jewish ancestor, you will use the yDNA test. If there is any female in the direct line between the man being tested and this Jewish ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's yDNA and will not get what you seek. yDNA is passed from a father to his sons.
Here is what FTDNA has to say: "Jewish ancestry is not an exact result. By way of comparison we can see whether or not the direct line being tested is likely to be Jewish in origin. We have the largest Jewish ancestry database of this kind. This comparison is included on the recent ancestral origins page. There are 4 scenarios for individuals who think there may be Jewish origins: mainly matches who have listed Jewish origins (indicates probably of Jewish origins), some matches who have listed Jewish ancestry and some who have not (tougher to call, Bennett can help answer some of these questions), has matches, but not of Jewish origin (probably not Jewish in origin), or no matches at all. The last case, means you're not matching anyone of Jewish origins when compared against the database, but you are also not matching anyone of non-Jewish origins. This is a "wait and see" situation in most cases. There is a Cohen Modal Haplotype that we automatically compare everyone against. It is a 12 marker set of results. If you match this haplotype we put a CMH badge on your personal page which is linked to information on what that means."
We suggest that you work through the Jewish Heritage Project. But, don't click on the link to order yDNA for $149. Instead, click on "Projects" at the top of the page and then scroll down to "Dual Geographic Projects", then click on "J" then "Jewish Heritage Proj"

I was adopted.  Can DNA testing help me?

As the database on those who have been DNA-tested is growing so rapidly, your chance of finding the surname group you match is growing quickly as well.  FTDNA has set up a project just for adoptees.  Once you are tested, here are some things you can do to make the most of your search:
1.  Set your "personal page" so that your test results are compared to the entire database.  This option is shown on the "user preferences" page.  This will allow you to compare to everyone who has opted into the FTDNA database.
2.  Upload your results to Ysearch, which is the database which allows anyone to upload his DNA results, no matter which testing company was used.  This will allow you to compare to a larger group.  To upload to Ysearch, go to your "personal page" at FTDNA and click on "Y-DNA Matches".  The blue-boxed information will provide you with a link to Ysearch. 
3.  Consider an upgrade.  37 markers is considered a minimum for matching across surnames, and some say you should test at 67 markers to confirm matches across surnames.
4.  Once you have a very close match across surnames, contact the men you are matching and ask them to share paper trails with you.
Adoptees can also use the Family Finder test to match to male and female cousins from any of your family lines.  You may be able to discover Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Siblings and Cousins.  If your parent or grandparent was adopted, the Family Finder test may help you find their birth families.
Are you  my relative since you administer this project?

Although we each have several projects for our family lines that we administer, the majority of projects we administer at WorldFamilies.net are not our family lines.  When Surname Projects do not have a family member to administer the project, Worldfamilies.net often steps in to administer the project until a family member is ready to take over.  We provide the project's website, post results and pedigrees on the website, inform project members of any activity in the project, and answer questions from the project members.  In addition, WorldFamilies also co-administers projects that have a Project Administrator who needs help administering the project.  WorldFamilies has a business relationship with Family Tree DNA that allows us to provide this service. 
More information about WorldFamilies.net

I returned my kit. How long until I get the results?
Figure on about 8 weeks from the time you order your kit and you will be prepared for the wait.  You can track the progress of your test through the lab by going to your Personal Page at FTDNA and clicking on "Pending Lab Results".  For more information on using your Personal Page at FTDNA, click here. 
I got an email from FTDNA that I have a match. What do I do now?
FTDNA will send you an email whenever you have a new match.  However, most people do not consider matches of 12 markers to be significant unless there is a common paper trail or there is no other match.  If you would like to opt out of receiving emails on every match you have, here's how to change your settings. 
Log into www.familytreedna.com, using the kit number and the password they sent you.
Under "My Account" click on "Match and Email Settings"
You will be able to choose when you get an email by selecting the choices they give you for notification of matches.
Scroll down and click "Save". 
When you receive an email that you have a new match, log into your personal page at FTDNA. Then click on "matches" under 'Y-DNA".  You will be able to see your matches at whichever number of markers you choose.  The right column by the matches will tell you the "Match Date" so that you can find the most recent match.
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I received my results but what should I do now? 
For instruction on how to read your results on your personal page at FTDNA and on the project's Results Page at World Families, read the information provided here:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/receiveresults
I joined the project and my results are ready. Why aren't they posted on the project's Results Page?
World Families posts results to the project's Results Page for a number of the surname projects who have website at www.worldfamilies.net.  We use a results tool that automatically updates the results pages on a quarterly (hopefully soon to be monthly) basis.  Your results will appear on the Results Page with the next update.  If you would like us to post the results sooner, send us an email requesting we update the Results Page for your surname project to include your results. 
You should send an email directly to the project administrator whenever there is one to request that your results be added.  You can find the email address for project administrator at the bottom of each page of your project's website. 
 
Does clicking "Make this Project a Favorite"make me a member of the project at FTDNA?  
The "Make this project a favorite " link in the left sidebar appears only when you are logged in. 
Clicking this link and clicking "Join" gives you a link to that project under "Favorite Projects" in the left sidebar whenever you sign in at www.worldfamilies.net.
This does NOT make you a member of the project.  You must have DNA-tested at FTDNA, or transferred your results from another company or the National Geographic Genographic Project, to be able to join the project.  You can only join the project though your personal page at FTDNA.
What is yDNA?
Each man gets his yDNA from his father, who got it from his father…all the way back. Surname projects use the yDNA test, as the yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.  Females do not have yDNA and cannot pass it on.  Females can make use of this test by finding a male relative to yDNA test who descends, through males only, from a common male ancestor.
More about yDNA
What is mtDNA?
The mtDNA test uses information from the mitochondria, which is the material that surrounds the chromosomes.The mtDNA test can be used for testing females or males, but only females can pass their mtDNA on to their children. This test is only useful in testing the participant's mother's mother's .... mother's line. As this line changes names every generation, it is relatively difficult to track more than a few generations through genealogy.
More about mtDNA
What is the Family Finder test?
Family Finder testing is for both males and females.  The Family Finder (also called atDNA) test helps you find family across all your lines, up to 6 generations back, by checking hundreds of thousands of points in your autosomal DNA and comparing your resultsi with others in the Family Finder database.
More about the Family Finder test.
I asked to reset my password, but I never got an email to allow me to do so.
We apologize if this has happened to you.  Sometimes the email system for the website registration fails to send the expected email.  When this happens, please email marilyn@worldfamilies.net and we will give you a new password. 
How do I test for Jewish ancestry? 
In order to test for Jewish ancestry, you will need to have just the right connection between the ancestor you believe was Jewish and the person being tested. As the Jewish tradition is handed down through the mother, you would first consider the mtDNA test, which tests your mother's mother's ... mother's maternal ancestry.
For a male Jewish ancestor, you will use the yDNA test. If there is any female in the direct line between the man being tested and this Jewish ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's yDNA and will not get what you seek. yDNA is passed from a father to his sons.
Here is what FTDNA has to say: "Jewish ancestry is not an exact result. By way of comparison we can see whether or not the direct line being tested is likely to be Jewish in origin. We have the largest Jewish ancestry database of this kind. This comparison is included on the recent ancestral origins page. There are 4 scenarios for individuals who think there may be Jewish origins: mainly matches who have listed Jewish origins (indicates probably of Jewish origins), some matches who have listed Jewish ancestry and some who have not (tougher to call, Bennett can help answer some of these questions), has matches, but not of Jewish origin (probably not Jewish in origin), or no matches at all. The last case, means you're not matching anyone of Jewish origins when compared against the database, but you are also not matching anyone of non-Jewish origins. This is a "wait and see" situation in most cases. There is a Cohen Modal Haplotype that we automatically compare everyone against. It is a 12 marker set of results. If you match this haplotype we put a CMH badge on your personal page which is linked to information on what that means."
We suggest that you work through the Jewish Heritage Project. But, don't click on the link to order yDNA for $149. Instead, click on "Projects" at the top of the page and then scroll down to "Dual Geographic Projects", then click on "J" then "Jewish Heritage Proj"
How do I test for Native American ancestry? 
In order to test for Native American ancestry, you will need to have just the right connection between the ancestor you believe was Native American and the person being tested.
For a female Native American ancestor, you will use the mtDNA test. You will need to locate a person whose mother's mother's ... mother is the targeted Native American. If there is any male in the direct line between the person being tested and this ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's mtDNA and will not get what you seek. mtDNA is passed from a mother to her children. Men carry their mother's mtDNA, but cannot pass it on.
For a male Native American ancestor, you will use the yDNA test. You will need to locate a man whose father's father's ... father is the targeted Native American. If there is any female in the direct line between the man being tested and this ancestor, you will be testing some other ancestor's yDNA and will not get what you seek. yDNA is passed from a father to his sons. Women do not carry yDNA at all. 
Does Joining (Tracking) a Surname Community at WorldFamilies.net make me a member of the project at FTDNA?
The "Track Project" link in the left sidebar appears only when you are logged in. 
By clicking this link and clicking "Join" you are joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) of users who are researching this surname. 
Joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) does NOT make you a member of the Surname DNA Project at FTDNA--you have to be tested at FTDNA for that. 
Joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) gives
you a link to that project under "Favorite Projects"
whenever you sign in.
Coming soon--other great featureWhat is a haplogroup?
Haplogroups are the groupings of mankind based on analysis of the DNA which has been passed down from our ancestors since the beginning of mankind.
  • These haplogroup branches characterize the early migrations of population groups.
  • As a result, haplogroups are usually associated with a geographic region and can tell us about our ancient ancestors and their migrations.
  • Haplogroups were assigned letters of the alphabet before the complete analysis was done which means that the specific letter assignment itself is meaningless.
  • Your haplogroup is automatically tested and confirmed for mtDNA tests. For Y-DNA tests, your haplogroup is predicted based on a large database that Family Tree DNA has for this purpose.
    More information about haplogroups
How do I contact a member of the project?
We are happy to put you in touch with a project member, if you will send us an email with the project's name and the person's kit number, along with the message you would like to send to him. 
It is probable that this person is listed among your matches on your personal page at FTDNA. To find this person in your matches, log in to your personal page at FTDNA using your kit number and the password they sent you. Then, under “Y-DNA” in the top bar, click on “Matches”. Set the “Filter Matches” for the number of markers that you have both tested,(you may also want to type in the last name of the match and/or the date you last checked the page under “New Since”) and click “Run Report” . You can click the name of the person you match to send him an email.
Since kit numbers are not included in your matches on FTDNA’s personal page, and results are reported by kit number and Earliest Known Ancestor on the project’s results page, it may be difficult to decide if you have contacted this match before. You may be able to cross check by the Earliest Known Ancestor (if given). It is best to keep a record of the email address and the date of your contact for anyone on your matches page so that you will know which ones have been contacted. However, most people are gracious about being contacted again, so don’t be too worried about emailing someone twice about a match.