Surname Projects Want Your Paternal Pedigree
Surname Projects use yDNA, as it is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.
Women don't have yDNA and cannot pass it on.
Therefore, the pedigree that is of use for a surname project focuses on your male line, starting with your earliest male ancestor in the surname line and continuing down, through males only, to the man who provided his yDNA for the Surname Project.
Since the women in your ancestry did not provide any of the yDNA, their family lines are not of interest to the surname project, and only the spouses of the men are included as identifiers. The omission of the women's lines is not sexism--it is just the way that yDNA works for a Surname Project.
Projects display the pedigrees on the project's Patriarchs' Page, along with the contact email and the kit number, so that project members and interested researchers can correlate test results and pedigrees. It is important that every member of the project provide a pedigree, even if he only knows a little, so that the project has all the pedigree information compiled.
The pedigree as used in Surname DNA Projects and on the WorldFamilies.net project websites consists of a straight succession from the earliest known male ancestor in the participant’s surname line, continuing through the direct male ancestor in each generation, down to the present male participant.
Here is how a pedigree appears on the Patriarch Page:
John Doe, b 1790 MA, m Mary Brown - NC Doe [nmdoe AT happymail.com]
John Doe Jr. b 1820 Boston MA, m Jane Smith
John Doe III, b 1850 Philadelphia PA, m Sarah Jones
Thomas Doe, b 1880 Philadelphia PA, m Mary Williams
Samuel Doe, b 1910 VA, m Anne Taylor
More information about the Patriarchs Page:
Pedigrees are usually posted in chronological order according to the birth date of the earliest ancestor., linked when possible.
Some project administrators show pedigrees by lineages
Look for names and places that link to your own pedigree.
To contact the submitter of the pedigree, use the contact information at the end of the first line (change the AT to @ and remove the spaces).
The kit numbers are shown in red at the end of the pedigree, so that you can correlate the pedigree to the yDNA results on the Results Page
The pedigree consists of only four bits of information on each line, as we have realized that this approach allows clear identification of a family: full name, birthdate, birthplace, wife's name (If missing any of this information, the participant can choose an alternate fact to include.)
We don't post names of your ancestors who were born after 1910, to protect their privacy.
How does your pedigree get on the Patriarchs Page?
1. If you are a member of the project, click here to send your pedigree to WorldFamilies.net for posting on the Project's Patriarch Page, and your pedigree will be posted on the project's Patriarchs Page
Please include the following:
# Name of project
# Kit Number if tested
# Name of person posting pedigree
# Email address to be posted with pedigree:
# Name, birthdate, birthplace, spouse of Earliest Known Ancestori
# List each succeeding generation below, using only those four items of information (or substitute another item of information if missing an item)
A Project Member who wishes to post a more extended version of their pedigree to supplement the “stripped down” pedigree posted on the Patriarch Page may post the information on the project's Pedigree Forum. See instructions below.
2. A Researcher who is not a member of the Surname DNA Project, but wishes to share a family pedigree can post it on the project's Pedigree Forum.
2. Go to your project's website and click the "Pedigree" tab on the far right in the black menu bar across the top of each page of the project's website.
3. Scroll to the last posting on the project's pedigree forum, click "reply" and post your pedigree.
a. Please do not include names for anyone born after 1910, to protect privacy.
b. If you have questions or are unable to post your pedigree on this forum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions or are unable to post your pedigree on the project's Pedigree Forum, please contact email@example.com