Recruit New Participants

  • Be polite when approaching New Testers
    • Know a few previous generations of their line.
    • Show desire to determine a specific relationship or crumble a brick wall. 
    • Ask if there is a family genealogist. 
    • Offer to check your database for your family. 
    • Refrain from mentioning DNA initially.  In fact, be prepared to have several conversations before mentioning DNA testing.
  • Post on message boards and forums such as GenForum. 
    (There are some good ways and some bad ways to do this.   Lauren Boyd posted a message: "How to win friends and influence List Admins" on Genealogy-DNA-L that spells out appropriate ways to use the forums, boards & lists.)
  • Make personal contact with researchers you have met over the course of your traditional research.  Encourage every researcher you work with to contact their own circle of researchers - and to make the same requests ofthem to participate and to contact their circle of researchers.
  • Utilize your Family Historical Society, Family Reunion, or other organization of your family name to help you find interest, participants and support.  (If necessary, start one.)
  • Contact other researchers, family members, and family associations.
  • Encourage each participant to post his pedigree on the Pedigree Forum and to post his Earliest Known Ancestor at FTDNA.
  • Administer or co-administer the project if there is not already an administrator.
  • Target specific individuals to be tested who will help clarify the family lineages.
  • Use the Surname Forums at WFN Forums or the  Family Tree DNA Forum. It will be useful in providing updates to your participants and may help in your quest to reach more possible participants.   (Pick one Forum and concentrate all discussion.)
  • Things you can do to help the project that will also help your own research
    • Make use of the "Tell a Friend" feature in the left sidebar of the website to increase interest in your project, and encourage project members to do so as well
    • Encourage every researcher you work with to contact their own circle of researchers - and to make the same requests of them to participate and to contact their circle of researchers.
    • Recruit representatives of specific families that are important to your family project
    • Utilize your Family Historical Society, Family Reunion, or other organization of your family name to help you find interest, participants and support.
    • Post notices on the Surname Boards and Forums such as GenForum.  There are some good ways and some bad ways to do this.   Lauren Boyd posted a message: "How to win friends and influence List Admins" on Genealogy-DNA-L that spells out appropriate ways to use the forums, boards & lists.