Query Answers 2013

Queries From Visitors and Project Members:
Most Frequently Asked Questions

 
Projects
I’m interested in this surname project.
Can I test for mother’s line
I was tested at FTDNA—how do I join project?
I was tested at another company.
I was tested at NGGP
This surname came down to me through a woman.  Can you use my yDNA test in the project?
I’m a member of the project, but my yDNA did not come from this surname

Can you find a particular person or place on project’s website.
Are you a relative since you administer project?
I want to sent my pedigree by email
I took the Family Finder test.  Can I join a surname project?
I took the mtDNA test.  Can I join a surname project?
I have no matches
When will my results be posted on the Project's Results Page?

FTDNA Personal Page
Wants to leave the project 
Doesn’t want to receive bulk emails
Wants to provide Earliest Known Ancestor
Wants to contact another member of the project
How do I see my matches at FTDNA?
I can’t tell if I’ve already contacted the matches on the Results Page
I have no matches

WFN website and logging in
Can’t log in or get password
How do I reset my password at WFN?
Trying to use FTDNA log in

From Project Administrators:
I’ve lost a link in the menu bar on my project’s website at WFN
Please send me a spreadsheet for my project’s results
I’m an admin who would like to add a co-admin at WFN

How should I update the Project's Patriarch Page?

Add co-admin
 
Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com
 
8 Things You Must Do If You're yDNA Testing http://www.worldfamilies.net/qsstart
DNA the Smart Way, a Step-by-step guide to the whole process: http://worldfamilies.net/smart
WorldFamilies.net home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
 
 
(Click the link "Click here to open in a new window" and scroll down to find your results.)
 

Geno 2.0

There has been some confusion about the results of Geno 2.0 results.  These results cannot be displayed on the y-Results page of the project’s website, as there are no marker values given in the results.  The Geno 2.0 test looks at the SNPs that tell us our ethnic and deep ancestral heritage and is very helpful in pointing you to your ancient origins.  However, it does not report the marker values at each address on the yDNA results as the yDNA test does, and so it can’t be used for direct comparison with the other project members.   Here is page at National Geographic that explains the test:  https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/faq/participation-testing-results/#what-is-the-geno-2-0-kit

 

Transferring Geno 2.0 to FTDNA

If you have tested with the Genographic Project (Geno 2.0), please remember to do the FREE transfer of those results into your existing Family Tree DNA kit. Here is how:

1) Go to the transfer page. (https://www.familytreedna.com/landing/nat-geo-transfer.aspx#/verify)
2) Enter your Geno 2.0 ID, and click the verify button.
3) On the next page, enter the Family Tree DNA account information of the person who tested with Geno 2.0.
4) Follow the steps shown on the screen to complete the process.

Note that even though it may talk about your ordering a product this transfer is completely FREE.


We use the haplogroups as the first way to group the project’s results.  We color code each haplogroup as a way to differentiate the haplogroups on the results page, but the haplogroup color has no significance.  Then we color code the results in each mutation from the Haplogroup Profile, which is the apparent common marker value for the majority of the men who have that haplogroup, based on thousands of results.  Comparison within the haplogroup is made easier by using a color coding for the number of values the mutation is away from the Haplogroup Profile.  By using the color-coding system, we can quickly see which results “match”.  There is really no other significance for the project members for the Haplogroup Profile or the colored mutations, as it is a method to make comparison easier in creating and displaying the results for the project.

Once the lineages (family groups) are identified, then the Apparent Ancestral Haplotype is used.  By grouping the lineage together, and seeing the most common value at a marker, we can assume that this value is the value for the common ancestor of these men, the Apparent Ancestral Haplotype.  A value is assigned when at least 75% of the men in the lineage have the same value at that marker.  If we are unsure, we assign a ? to that marker until more men are added to the lineage.

Here are some pages with explanations:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/resultsinfo and http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectresults


While we welcome anyone who has taken any DNA test at FTDNA into the Surname Projects, so far we are only using the yDNA test results to find matches within the project, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.  We haven't been able to use the autosomal test results in the Surname Projects, as yet, as autosomal dna does not follow a single surname, as the yDNA does.  Lot's of people are working on it, though, so I hope we'll find a way to incorporate the FF results.  By joining the project with a Family Finder test, you will be able to add your family’s pedigree to the Patriarchs Page and you will be informed whenever there is new information available on the project’s website.  Only yDNA results will be displayed on the Project’s y-Results Page, however. If you would like to have your mother’s Jennings line represented with a yDNA test, you would need to yDNA-test a male who descends through males only from a common male ancestor; for example, her brother, her father, her uncle, her uncle’s sons, etc.  In the meantime, however, you are very welcome in the project, to share in the research and information.

I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
Project's website:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/collier
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.

 
We haven't been able to use the autosomal test results in the Surname Projects, as yet, as autosomal dna does not follow a single surname, as the yDNA does.  Lot's of people are working on it, though, so I hope we'll find a way to incorporate the FF results.  In the meantime, however, you are very welcome in the project, to share in the research and information.
 
I’m interested in this surname project.
I'm pleased you are interested in finding out more about DNA testing and Surname DNA Projects.  Anyone who is interested in confirming his/her surname ancestry should consider DNA testing. Sooner or later, in researching a family tree, we all get to the point where the paper records become scarce to non-existent.  DNA testing may be just the thing to help to break down some of those “brick walls”.
By using the results of DNA testing, along with other information and family pedigrees, participants can identify those with whom they share a common ancestor. While no one can guarantee you a match that will lead back up your family tree, more and more people are finding a match as the database expands.
Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace ancestry, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.  Women do not have yDNA and cannot pass it on, but they can find a male to represent their family line with a yDNA test. 
For more information:   http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest
All the information we have is displayed on the project's website:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/_
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. 

I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped

When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
Persons testing at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) should test through a project’s order page, as ordering through the project automatically gives you a lower price for a yDNA test and makes you a member of the project.
To order a test through the project now, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/DNAList.asp?Group=_
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 

The Y-DNA test and the Family Finder test look at different parts of your dna, and can help you in different ways. 

The yDNA can help you trace your surname line, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.  Women do not have yDNA, so they are not represented in this test.  If you are trying to trace your line back through the males in your surname line, this test is very helpful.  If there is a female in your direct line, you will need to find a male to yDNA test who is directly descended through males only from your common male ancestor.  For example, if you’re tracing your mother’s maiden name, your would need to have her uncle, brother, cousin, or nephew yDNA test for that line.  If the yDNA test is the right test for what you’re doing, you need at least the 37 marker test to find matches with common ancestors. 

The Family Finder test looks at the autosomal dna that you inherited from both your mother and your father, and is useful in finding relationships going back about 5 generations.  It will identify those whom you match as being cousins (2nd, 3rd, etc) and you will need to compare paper trails to find out where you share common ancestry.  The Family Finder is not as useful in tracing a single family surname, as it looks at the dna you got from all your ancestors, across all surname lines. 

It may help you when you have found no matches in a yDNA project, as you may find a match who has your surname in his/her family tree.

 

I'm pleased that you are interested in learning more about DNA testing for genealogy. Anyone who is interested in confirming his/her surname ancestry should consider DNA testing. Sooner or later, in researching a family tree, we all get to the point where the paper records become scarce to non-existent. DNA testing may be just the thing to help to break down some of those “brick walls”. By using the results of DNA testing, along with other information and family pedigrees, participants can identify those with whom they share a common ancestor. While no one can guarantee you a match that will lead back up your family tree, more and more people are finding a match as the database expands.

These are the basic DNA tests used in genealogy: yDNA, mtDNA, and Family Finder.

The mtDNA test which you took looks at the DNA that either a man or woman inherits from the mother's side.

  • This represents the mother’s mother’s…mother’s line.
  • A mother passes her mtDNA to her children, but only females can pass it on.
  • By testing, you learn your maternal haplogroup – which tells you which "branch of woman" you descend from on your maternal side.
  • mtDNA test results are not useful in surname projects, as female surnames tend to change with each generation.  Most surname projects do not post mtDNA results for members.

Only males can take the yDNA test, as females do not have yDNA.

  • Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace ancestry, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.
  • A male can take this test to represent himself and his surname family in a Surname DNA Project.
  • A female (or a male researching a line that came down to him through a female) will need to arrange for a male relative to represent her and her family.
  • For more information on finding the right man to yDNA test:: http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest
  • People testing at FTDNA should order through the project’s order page, as this will give you a lower price for the yDNA test and automatically make you a member of the project. 

I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped

Project's website:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/chappell
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.

 
Tell me about the DNA tests for genealogy.

I'm pleased that you are interested in learning more about DNA testing for genealogy. Anyone who is interested in confirming his/her surname ancestry should consider DNA testing. Sooner or later, in researching a family tree, we all get to the point where the paper records become scarce to non-existent. DNA testing may be just the thing to help to break down some of those “brick walls”. By using the results of DNA testing, along with other information and family pedigrees, participants can identify those with whom they share a common ancestor. While no one can guarantee you a match that will lead back up your family tree, more and more people are finding a match as the database expands.

These are the basic DNA tests used in genealogy: yDNA, mtDNA, and Family Finder.

  • Y-DNA tests
    • Only males can take this test, as females do not have yDNA.
    • By testing, you learn your paternal haplogroup – which tells you which "branch of man" you descend from on your paternal side.
    • Surname Projects use the yDNA test to trace ancestry, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.
      • A male can take this text to represent himself and his surname family in a Surname DNA Project.
      • A female (or a male researching a line that came down to him through a female) will need to arrange for a male relative to represent her and her family.
      • For more information on finding the right man to yDNA test:: http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest
    • People testing at FTDNA should order through the project’s order page, as this will give you a lower price for the yDNA test and automatically make you a member of the project. 
  • mtDNA test
    • Both males and females can take the mtDNA test.
    • Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) looks at the DNA that either a man or woman inherits from the mother's side.
      • This represents the mother’s mother’s…mother’s line.
      • A mother passes her mtDNA to her children, but only females can pass it on.
      • By testing, you learn your maternal haplogroup – which tells you which "branch of woman" you descend from on your maternal side.
    • You are welcome to order through a surname project’s order page and become a member so that you will be notified of any developments in the Surname Project, even though mtDNA test results are not useful in surname projects, as female surnames tend to change with each generation.  Most surname projects do not post mtDNA results for members.
       
  • The Family Finder test
    • Both males and females can take the Family Finder (autosomal) DNA 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 results with others in the Family Finder database.
      • Can identify your cousins, and other near relatives
      • You are welcome to order through a surname project’s order page and become a member so that you will be notified of any developments in the Surname Project.. even though Family Finder test results are not useful in surname projects, as autosomal dna comes to you from all your ancestors across many surnames,.
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
Project's website:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/_
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
I want to order a test and join the project.
Ordering through the project’s order page at Family Tree DNA  automatically makes you a member of the project and gives you a lower price for your yDNA test.  (For help in choosing the right test:   http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest )
To order a test through the project now, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/DNAList.asp?Group=_
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
Project website homepage: 
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.   
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
I want to order a test for someone else.
 
Here is how you can order the test for someone else:
  • If you want the kit sent directly to the person being tested, list their address.
  • If you want the kit sent to you, list their name and then put c/o (your name) in the first address box and your regular mailing address, beginning with the second address box.)
  • Put your email address in the first position, as this is how you will know what is happening. (Be sure the person you sponsor includes your email address if they place the order)
  • You can list the person your sponsor's email address as the additional address
  • If you have someone who is terribly concerned about their privacy, you can list your own name in the order or you can list the name of their earliest ancestor. (When the kit isn’t in the tester's name or address, they aren’t associated with the sample other than through your knowledge.)
Persons testing at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) should test through a project’s order page, as ordering through the project automatically makes you a member of the project and gives you a lower price for a yDNA test.
To order a test through the project now, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/DNAList.asp?Group=_
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
Project website homepage: 
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.   
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Finding the right male to test for my surname of interest.
As you probably know, Surname DNA Projects use yDNA test results to trace ancestry, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.   In order to have your family line represented in a Surname DNA Project, you will need to have a male yDNA-tested. 
  • A male can represent himself and his surname family by taking a yDNA test for his surname line. 
  • Females do not have yDNA and do not pass it on, so a female (or a male researching a surname that came down to him through a female) will need to arrange for a male relative to be yDNA-tested to represent the family line in a Surname DNA Project.    
You will need to find a male who is descended, through males only from your common male ancestor.  Some researchers have been successful in finding a male to test for their line by going back up the family tree and down again to find a living male who shares a x-grandfather and carries the surname to be tested.  For example: 
  • Did your (or the female ancestor’s) father have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
  • Did your (or the female ancestor’s) grandfather have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
  • Did your great-grandfather ... Did your gg-grandfather ... etc
  • Any one of the men you find with the above questions can represent your family with a yDNA (surname) test.
     
Persons testing at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) should test through a project, as ordering through the project automatically makes you a member of the project and gives you a lower price for a yDNA test.
(For help in choosing the right test, please read this page:   http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest )
To order a test through the project now, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/DNAList.asp?Group=
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
Project website homepage: 
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.   
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
I was tested at FTDNA—how do I join project?
You can join the project through your personal page at FTDNA:
Go to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/ and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
In your FTDNA personal page is a link “Projects” in the dark blue bar across the top of the page.  Place your curser on “Projects”, then click “"Join".  
Select the surname of the project you wish to join. (Type it in the search box or find it in the alphabetical list).
When you arrive at the page with the name and a description of the project, click on the "Join" button
The Project Name will appear in the left column of your personal page under “Projects”
When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your yDNA results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
Or, you can email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project: http://www.helpdesk@familytreedna.com/
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
Project website homepage: 
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Are you a relative since you administer project?
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 Colvin 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, but we are not members of the family. About WorldFamilies.net http://www.worldfamilies.net/about_us
All the information we have about the Surname Project is on the project's website. I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your Colvin pedigree (please see this page for instructions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped)
Project website homepage: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/
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.
When you register and log in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
For answers to many of your questions and step-by-step guide to the whole process of DNA testing for genealogy, please read the information provided in DNA the Smart Way: http://www.worldfamilies.net/smart
 
I want to sent my pedigree by email
You can send your pedigree by email directly to carrie@worldfamilies.net and she will post it for you.  Please include the following information:
# 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 Ancestor ____________________________________________
# List each succeeding generation below, using only those four items of information (or substitute another item of information if missing an item)
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Can you find a particular person or place on project’s website?
I was not able to find a pedigree for the persons you mentioned on the Patriarchs Page. http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/ /pats or listed as an Earliest Known Ancestor on the Results Page  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/ /results  We ask each project member to provide a pedigree and an earliest known ancestor, but not all have done so as yet.  However, as the project continues to grow, new pedigrees and results will be posted that may have the link that is of interest to you.  In the meantime I encourage you to get tested so that your results will be ready when the right match comes along, and to submit  your pedigree (you do not have to be tested to submit a pedigree), as an interested researcher may see it and contact you to share information.   I encourage you to check back to the website from time to time to see if a new posting is of interest

I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website and to submit your pedigree (please see this page for instructions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped

Project website homepage: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/      
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Can I test for mother’s line?
As you probably know, Surname DNA Projects use yDNA test results to trace ancestry, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down.   In order to have your family line represented in a Surname DNA Project, you will need to have a male yDNA-tested. 
  • A male can represent himself and his surname family by taking a yDNA test for his surname line. 
  • Females do not have yDNA and do not pass it on, so a female (or a male researching a surname that came down to him through a female) will need to arrange for a male relative to be yDNA-tested to represent the family line in a Surname DNA Project. 
You will need to find a male who is descended, through males only from your common male ancestor.  Some researchers have been successful in finding a male to test for their line by going back up the family tree and down again to find a living male who shares a x-grandfather and carries the surname to be tested.  For example: 
  • Did your (or the female ancestor’s) father have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
  • Did your (or the female ancestor’s) grandfather have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
  • Did your great-grandfather ... Did your gg-grandfather ... etc
Any one of the men you find with the above questions can represent your family with a yDNA (surname) test.
http://www.worldfamilies.net/choosetest )
You are welcome to become a member of a surname project so that you will be notified of any developments in the Surname Project, but mtDNA and Family Finder test results are not useful in surname projects.
I hope you will take the time to look over the project website listed below and to submit your pedigree. (Help for submitting your pedigree: http://worldfamilies.net/postpedigree ) You do not need to register or log in to view any page of the website.
Project website homepage: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/      
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
I was tested at another company.
FTDNA will now allow people who tested at other companies to join FTDNA's database for only $19.  This will give 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 $58 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 about this offer from FTDNA, click here:  http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx
I hope you will take the time to look over the project website listed below and to submit your pedigree. (Help for submitting your pedigree: http://worldfamilies.net/postpedigree ) You do not need to register or log in to view any page of the website.
Project website homepage: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/     
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.


 

Ancestry offers the autosomal DNA test, which looks at all the DNA you received from your ancestors, and is good for showing relationships going back about 5 generations. 

Family Tree DNA offers this test, as well, called the Family Finder test.  If this is the test you took, you can transfer into the FTDNA data base.  Answers to your questions about transferring these results into FTDNA are answered here:  https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/autosomal-dna-transfers/  and https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/imports/transfer-autosomal-ancestry/take-part-in-the-family-finder-transfer/

 

If you took the yDNA test at Ancestry, you can also transfer that into the FTDNA data base.  Answers to your questions about transferring these results into FTDNA are answered here:  https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/transfer-y-dna-testing-results/  and  https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/imports/transfer-y-dna-results/how-to/

 

You can also contact FTDNA directly to ask questions:  Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com

 

 
I was tested at NGGP.
It is easy to transfer your test results to Family Tree DNA and become a member of projects based at FTDNA.  Here’s how:
  1. Go to the Genographic website and login. (https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com)
  2. On the top menu, click on the Profile link.
  3. On the Profile page, click on the Expert Options tab.
  4. In Expert Options, click on the Transfer to FTDNA link.
  5. On the Family Tree DNA transfer pages, fill out the form to indicate if you are a current (You have tested your DNA with FTDNA.) or new customer. This includes agreeing to FTDNA’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
Project membership includes a reduced rate for upgrades.   Family Tree DNA will not need to collect your sample again. They store your DNA for 25 years - FREE of charge.
Once you have been transferred into FamilyTreeDNA, you will be given access to a "personal page". 
In your FTDNA personal page is a link labeled "Projects". Click on “join” under that link.
Select the surname of the project you wish to join.
When you arrive at the page with the name and a description of the project, click on the "Join" button
The Project Name will appear in the left column of your personal page under “Projects”.
When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
Or, you can email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project: http://www.familytreedna.com/contact.html
Once in the project, you'll benefit by upgrading your yDNA test, as 12 markers is mainly useful for haplogroup and deep ancestry.  FTDNA will use your sample that was collected by NGGP, as it will be transferred with you.  FTDNA says that they will be able to retain it for 25 years and that they can run many future tests from it.  You'll want at least 25 to 37 yDNA markers for your genealogical work
I hope you will take the time to look over the project website listed below and to submit your pedigree. (Help for submitting your pedigree: http://worldfamilies.net/postpedigree ) You do not need to register or log in to view any page of the website.
Project website homepage: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/     
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. 
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Testing for Native American/Jewish ancestry 
NATIVE AMERICAN
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. 
Both the yDNA test and the mtDNA test will tell you your haplogroup.  The haplogroup will give you an idea of the migrations of your ancestral family from earliest times and can confirm Native American ancestry. 

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.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
JEWISH
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.

Both the yDNA test and the mtDNA test will tell you your haplogroup.  The haplogroup will give you an idea of the migrations of your ancestral family from earliest times and can confirm Jewish ancestry.

For a female Jewish ancestor, you will use the mtDNA test.  You will need to locate a person whose mother's mother's ... mother is the targeted Jewish ancestor.  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 Jewish ancestor, you will use the yDNA test.  You will need to locate a man whose father's father's ... father is the targeted Jewish ancestor.  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.

For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq

Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 

 
Trying to use FTDNA log in
I'm sorry you are having trouble logging in.  Sometimes the problem is that there is confusion between your personal page at www.familytreedna.com and your project’s website at www.worldfamilies.net
  • Your personal page is located at Family Tree DNA (www.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 can find your project's website by typing the surname in the search box in the top left corner and then following the link to the project's homepage.
    • If you will register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects. 
    • Click this link to go to the project website homepage:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/
      Navigate to all the pages of the website by using the menu bar across the top of the project page.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Can’t log in or get password: 
To check that the person has registered at WorldFamilies:
  1. Go to forums, click on admin, log in again, then click on members in the left column. 
  2. Click on “Search for member”
  3. Paste person’s email address in the blank for email and hit enter.
  4. If he has registered, his username and info will come up.
  5. If he has not registered at WorldFamilies, send him this email. 
  6. If he has registered, click on his name, then click “Account Related Settings” in the left column.
  7. Enter a password for him and then repeat it.  Click Save
  8. Make a note of both user name and password
  9. Go to our home page, log out, then log in again using his info.
  10. Once logged in, do a search for his surname project, follow links to project website.
  11. Click Make this a favorite project and yes.
  12. Log out and log in again as yourself.
  13. Send him this email:
 
I’m sorry you have had trouble logging in.  I found your registration and reset your password so that you will now be able to log in: 
Username:
Password: 
When you log in, you will see a link to the project’s website under “Favorite Projects” in the left sidebar. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Wants to leave the project.  
If you no longer want to be a member of the  Surname Project at FTDNA, you can remove yourself by logging in at www.familytreedna.com using your kit number and the password they sent you when you returned your kit.  Then click on "Manage Projects" in the left sidebar under "Projects".  On the next page, you will be able to remove yourself from the Project.
 
Doesn’t want to receive bulk emails.
If you want to remain in the project, but don't want to receive emails from the Project Administrator,  log in at FTDNA as above, then click "Match and Email Settings" under the heading "My Account".  Follow instructions to block emails from the project administrator. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Wants to upgrade his test.
When you upgrade, you simply order the lab to do further testing on the sample you submitted with your first test kit.  You will not need to submit another sample. 
You can order an upgrade by: 
1.      Going to your FTDNA Personal page (You'll need your kit number and password.)
2.      Click on “Order An Upgrade” in the upper right corner.
3.      Click on "Go to Standard Orders".
4.      Click on the down arrow next to the box to see the range of upgrade choices
5.      Select the one you want by clicking on it., then click "Next"
6.      Confirm your personal info and select method of payment
6.      Click “Continue” and complete your order
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Wants to provide Earliest Known Ancestor
Thank you for your email.  If you will enter the information about your ancestor on your personal page at FTDNA, it will be posted with your results the next time we update the page.  To submit this information: 
  1. Log in at www.familytreedna.com using your kit number and the password they sent you when you returned your kit.
  2. Click on “Manage Personal Information” under “Profile”
  3. Click on "Genealogy" in the tabs near the top of the page.
  4. Click on "Most Distant Ancestors" near the top of the page.
  5. Fill in the information in the blanks for Paternal Ancestor.
  6. Click “Save”
Posting this information on your personal page will allow us to add your earliest known ancestor to your results the next time the Results Page for your project is updated.  More information: http://www.worldfamilies.net/accesspersonalpage
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Wants to contact another member of the project
I have blind-copied the project member(s) you wish to contact.  I hope they will read your email below and contact you to share information. 
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 on 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. 
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
I took the Family Finder test.  Can I join a surname project?
You are very welcome to join the surname project, as we are pleased 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:
Go to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/  and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
In your FTDNA personal page is a link “Projects” in the dark blue bar across the top of the page.  Place your curser on “Projects”, then click “"Join".  
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website at www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/  and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
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.
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
 
Family Finder test results are not currently 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.   We hope to be able to develop ways to further incorporate Family Finder results in surname projects, but haven't gotten that far as yet. 
 
I took the mtDNA test.  Can I join a surname project?
You are very welcome to join the  surname project, as we are pleased 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:
Go to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/  and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
In your FTDNA personal page is a link “Projects” in the dark blue bar across the top of the page.  Place your curser on “Projects”, then click “"Join".  
I hope you will take the time to look over the project's website at www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/sneed  and to submit your family's pedigree.  For more information on pedigrees:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectped
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.
When you register and log  in, you can click on “Make this a Favorite Project” in the left sidebar at the project website, and a link to the project website will appear under “Favorite Projects” each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in. You can track several projects.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.

 
How do I see my matches at FTDNA?
To view your matches at FTDNA
  • Log in at www.familytreedna.com, using your kit number and the password they sent you.
  • Hover on the heading "Y-DNA". Click on "Matches".
  • Use the “Filter Matches” to choose to compare
    • to the entire database or the surname project
    • by the number of markers (start with the greatest number)
    • by the distance of the match (Start with “All”)
  • Click on your match’s name to see information about him, his tests, surnames, ancestors, and projects.
  • There will be symbols to the right of the match’s name
    • The first is to “send him an email”
    • The second “TIP” tells you approximately how many generations back you would share a common ancestor.
    • The third symbol gives you the ability to add a note about the match—date contacted, info received, etc.
    • The number of markers he has had tested.  
  • “Match Date” in the far right column is helpful in finding new matches.  You can click on "Match Date" at the top of the column to arrange matches from most recent to least recent, or vice versa.
  • “Steps”  in the far left column tells you how closely you match this person. (0 steps means an exact match, 1 step means you differ on only one marker, etc.)
     
  • How to evaluate and use the information about your matches.
    • If the person has been tested at more markers than you, you will want to consider an upgrade to see if the match holds up.
    • If you both have been tested at 37 markers, and he shows up as a match at 12 or 25 markers but not at 37, this means the match fell apart when compared at more markers than 25.
    • Most researchers don’t bother to contact 12 marker matches as this is too few markers to confirm a common ancestor.
      • It is sometimes difficult to know which matches showing on your FTDNA "Matches" page are the same as the project members who match you on the Project Results page of the project's website.  FTDNA shows your matches by name, and the Project Results page shows your matches by kit number and earliest known ancestor.  You can often match the person on the “Matches” page with the person on the “Results” page by looking at the Earliest Known Ancestor.  If you are unable to determine which are the same, contact the project administrator for help. 
      • For more information:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/matches
         
  • For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
  • Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
    Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
  • Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
I’ve lost a link in the menu bar on my project’s website at WFN.
This happens occasionally, for reasons only known to computer specialists, and a link or so will go missing from a project's menu bar. We have found that there is a simple fix
On the home page, click "edit", then scroll down and click "save"
Then click "edit" and "save" again.
That seems to take care of the problem. Why it happens and why we need to "edit-save" twice, we don't know--but we're happy that it can be fixed that easily!
 
I can’t tell if I’ve already contacted the matches on the Results Page. 
I know that it is difficult to know which matches showing on your FTDNA "Matches" page are the same as the project members who match you on the Project Results page of the project's website.
Please be aware that World Families is a separate entity from Family Tree DNA, although we have a business relationship with FTDNA. 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. About WorldFamilies.net http://www.worldfamilies.net/about_us
The problem we face in reporting results on a public website is a question of privacy. FTDNA shows your matches to you by name and gives you the email address, along with access to the persons ancestral information if they have provided it, because you are logged into a private webpage that only you have access to. Both you and the person you match had to sign a release for this information to be made available. It is unfortunate that FTDNA does not also give the person's kit number, as this would help you correlate it to the project's Results Page. On the project's website, since there is no requirement to log in or gain permission to see the Results Page, we identify members by kit number and earliest ancestor, but we do not post the person's name with the results to protect privacy. We would love to have the kit number linked to the person's email address, but that will require a lot of programming that has not been done yet.
Here are some pages that may be helpful:
Using FTDNA and WorldFamilies.net http://www.worldfamilies.net/dnatools
Using your FTDNA Personal Page http://www.worldfamilies.net/ftdnatools
Results on your FTDNA personal page http://www.worldfamilies.net/compareresults
Using the WorldFamilies website http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectsite
Understanding Project Results Page at WFN http://www.worldfamilies.net/projectresults
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Please send me a spreadsheet for my project’s results
I have attached a copy of the project’s results spreadsheet, saved as an .xls file.  You can make any changes you want on the spreadsheet. You will need to then save it as an .mht or an .htm file in order to upload it to the Results Page:
To save as an .htm file:
Click "File", "Save As". Then for the "Save as type" box select "Web Page (*.htm, *html)". Next to "Save" in the lower left corner, select "Selection: Sheet" Then click "Save" in the lower right corner. A new screen will come up--click "Publish", The file is now saved as an .htm file. Be sure to save it in the file where you want it on your computer.
To save as an .mht file:
Click "File", "Save As". Then for the "Save as type" box select "Single File Web Page (*mht; *mhtml)" Next to "Save" in the lower left corner, select "Entire Workbook". Then click "Save" in the lower right corner. (You may see a screen that says this file may contain feature that are not be compatible with Single File Web Page" Click "Yes")
 
To upload the file to the Results Page, log in at the website as an administrator. On the Results Page, click the "Upload" button" Click the "Browse" button to the right of the file upload box. Find the correct file on your computer and
click "Open" The name of the file will appear in box. Then click "Save and Publish" The spreadsheet will appear on your project's Results Page.
How do I reset my password at WFN?
You can reset your password by logging in, then clicking on "My Account" in the left sidebar, then clicking "Edit".   Type in the password you want in the box, then retype it to confirm, then scroll down and click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
I have no matches.  
Unfortunately, you seem to one of the unlucky ones who has no productive matches as yet in the entire database. That doesn't happen often, but it does happen for some people. Here is what we suggest in these cases:
That doesn't happen often, but it does happen for some people. Here is what we suggest in these cases:
1. You can simply wait for someone to match your results. The database is growing rapidly, so you will eventually have a match, but no one can say when.
2. Upload your results to Y-Search, the public database where anyone who has yDNA tested can upload their results. To find the link, click on "Y-Search.org" under "Resources" in the dark blue band across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
3. Test your most distant known cousin from the same line. This will confirm your most recent common ancestor, reassures you of your results, or identify a "surname discontinuity".
4. Test a known descendent of a family you think you may match or of a family living in the area where yours lived who was closely associated with your family (possible unrecorded adoption.)
5. Submit your pedigree for posting on the project's Patriarch Page, as an interested researcher may contact you to share information. (Help for submitting your pedigree: http://worldfamilies.net/postpedigree )
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
I’m an admin who would like to add a co-admin at WFN 
Here's how to make someone co-administrator of the project at World Families:
  • Have her log in at www.worldfamilies.net (create a new account if not already registered).
  • Go to the project's website and click on "Make this a favorite project" in the left sidebar. Then click "yes" on the next page.
  • When she has notified you that they have done this, you can log in, go to the project's website, and click on "# members tracking project" in the left sidebar.
  • Find your new co-admin's name and click on "Admin: Create", then click "Join Community"
  • This will make her an admin of the project and when she logs in, she will be able to edit the website through the "edit" and "upload" buttons on each page of the project's website.
Here's how to make her a co-admin at FTDNA:
  • Log in at www.familytreedna.com and go to the project's Group Administrator's Page (GAP)
  • Click on "Project Administrators" under "Project Administration" in the dark blue band across the top of the page.
  • Click on "Invite Administrators" and then fill in her email address.
  • She will receive an email from FTDNA telling her what steps to take to become project admin.
Please have her read these information pages to become familiar with the tasks of a Project Admin:
            Saving as .html file http://www.worldfamilies.net/editprojectsite#save
            Posting Pedigrees http://www.worldfamilies.net/editprojectsite#pats
                        Detailed http://www.worldfamilies.net/postped
            Posting Results http://www.worldfamilies.net/editprojectsite#results
                        Detailed http://www.worldfamilies.net/postresults
Becoming a Project Administrator http://www.worldfamilies.net/becomepa
This surname came down to me through a woman.  Can you use my yDNA test in the project? 
Surname Projects use yDNA test results to find matches within the project, as yDNA is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. If the surname came down to you through a woman, you will not be able to yDNA test for that surname, as women do not have yDNA and cannot pass it on. Your grandfather's yDNA came to him through his father, not his mother, so it would not represent this surname line. In order to have your line represented in this Surname DNA Project, you would need to find a male who is descended through males only from a common male ancestor with this surname. For example, did your great-grandmother have a brother? Did he have sons? Did they have sons? Or, did your great-grandmother's father have a brother? Did he have sons....and so on down to a living male.
Even though your yDNA test results will not contribute to the study of this Surname Project’s yDNA, you are very welcome in the project, to be informed of developments in the project, join in the research and provide your family pedigree.  Your yDNA results will not be displayed on the project's Results Page as they might be confusing.   If you can find a male who is descended through males only from your common male ancestor of this surname, we would be pleased to include your family branch in the yDNA results.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
I’m a member of the project, but my yDNA did not come from this surname 
Thank you for letting us know that your yDNA test results will not contribute to a study of Thurston yDNA. I have changed the settings so that your yDNA results will not be displayed on the project's Results Page the next time the results are updated. You are very welcome in the project, and I hope you will submit your Thurston pedigree, as an interested researcher may see it and contact you. If you can find a male Thurston who is descended through males only from your common Thurston male, we would be pleased to include your family branch in the yDNA results.
For a step-by-step guide to the whole process, please read DNA the Smart Way http://worldfamilies.net/smart
Our home page, with lots of DNA and project information: http://worldfamilies.net/
Answers to many of your questions: http://www.worldfamilies.net/faq
Once you have looked over the sites, you may have specific questions, which I'll be glad to answer.
Forgot to send in kit
The kit should still be good.  Go ahead and use the kit and return it to FTDNA.  If there is a problem, FTDNA will let you know and send you a new kit at no chanrge. 
When will my results be posted on the Project's Results Page?
Once your kit is received back at Family Tree DNA, you can follow the progress of your kit through the lab by going to www.familytreedna.com and logging in using your kit number and the password they sent you.  Then click on "Complete Order History" in the left column.  Then click "Check the status of pending tests" just above the blue line in the middle of the page.  The next page will tell you the expected date for completion of the lab results.  It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.  You will be notified by email when the results are ready.
When your results are ready, they will be added to the Project's Results Page the next time the page is updated. 
How should I update the Project's Patriarch Page?
1. When we started out in 2004, we felt we should include on the Patriarchs Page all pedigrees for the surname that were submitted, even if the submitter was not a project member.  We have since changed that rule, as we feel it is best for the project to include only project members on the Pats Page.  However, many Pats pages still have pedigrees that are for providers not in the project.  It might be a good idea to omit these, or group them at the bottom of the page. 
2.   At the beginning, we tried to give each project member a code identity number to avoid using kit numbers.  We have since changed that rule, but there are still some projects and some older pedigrees that have the code identity number.
3.  When we started, we required pedigrees to be posted to the forum, and then we posted them to the Patriarchs Page.  We now find it easier to have project members send the pedigrees directly to the Admin to post on the Pats Page, with other pedigree providers posting their pedigrees on the Pedigree Forum.  If you would like me to change the wording on your Pedigree forum to have the pedigrees sent directly to you, I will be happy to do so.
4.  The pedigrees that do not have a kit number on the Pats Page sometimes belong to a project member who neglected to tell us his kit number when he submitted his pedigree.  You can sometimes decipher who the provider was by looking at the Members Information at the GAP to see if the email address posted with the pedigree is there.  Then you can post the kit number with the pedigree.
At this stage, you may want to completely change your way of posting pedigrees, which is fine with us.  One way to find out who has and who has not posted a pedigree would be to send a bulk email to all the project members and ask for that information
 
Add co-admin
At FTDNA. Log into the project’s GAP.  Click on “Project Administrators” under “Project Administration” in the dark blue band near the top of the page.  Then click on the link “Invite Administrators”.  You will need to put in his email address and check Co-Administrator.  He will receive an email from FTDNA telling him what he needs to do to become the Co-Admin.  When that is done, he will appear as Co-Admin for the project at FTDNA
 

At WorldFamilies.net, he will need to register and log in.  Go to the project website and click on “Make this a favorite project” and follow the instructions to join.  Once he has done this, have him let you know and tell you his username at WFN.  Then you can go into the project’s homepage, logged in as Project Admin, and click on “ #  members tracking project” in the left sidebar.  Find his username in the list and click on “Admin: Create”  Then click the next link to make him an administrator.  When you’ve done this, he should have “admin” after his username in the members’ list.  He will now be able to log in and edit the website, just as you can. 

 

Just tested.  What do I do next?

There are two places that will have information about your test and your results:   your PERSONAL PAGE at www.familytreedna.com and your PROJECT’S WEBSITE at www.worldfamilies.net

The information you post for Most Distant Ancestor and your Y-DNA results will automatically be picked up for inclusion on the project website’s y-DNA Results Page.  If you would like to submit your pedigree for inclusion on the project website’s Patriarchs Page, please send an email directly to mari@worldfamilies.net Please include:

# 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 Ancestor ____________________________________________
# List each succeeding generation below, using only those four items of information (or substitute another item of information if missing an item)