No Matches?

We are starting a new feature on our blog where we answer questions from members that we think might be useful to others. We’re also planning on highlighting some of our success stories. If you have one to share, please let us know! We’d love to have your feedback on what you’d like to see in this space and we’ll try to keep adding to our archives.

To start off, we have a question that comes up more often than we’d like: what should you do if you don’t have any matches to your yDNA test results?

The first step is to make sure that your test results are updated and included in your Surname Project. We have more information on our website to help you understand how to read your test results. If you don’t have any useful matches, then its time to move on to one of the approaches below.

  • Locate the most distant male cousin for your surname that you know and have him tested.
  • If you two match, then you know the yDNA profile of your most recent common ancestor and you are assured that you are searching for matches with your profile.
  • If you and your cousin don't match, you'll want to further explore that question until you understand why you don't match.
  • Locate a family with your surname that you suspect is your genetic kin and test one of them to see if you match
  • If you don't have any success in the first two, then you can sit back and wait - more and more folks are being tested all of the time.


Thanks for reading!

Another thought

Good advice.  Also, you should upload the results to Ysearch, the public database, if you haven't done so already.