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Join the The Kent Family & DNA Project


Join the KENT Family & DNA Project

Members of the Kent Family & DNA project have collectively conducted years of research in archives, courthouses, manuscripts and special collections with the common goal of linking our genetic cousins together. This is a volunteer group and there is no cost to join. Benefits of being a member include posting your lineage at the Patriarch page, being informed when new results or lineages are available and automatically receiving other news of interest pertinent to the Kent Family & DNA project. Your comfort level of participation is respected.

You must have taken a DNA test at Family Tree DNA in order to join this project. 
  • By ordering your test through the project's order page at FTDNA, you will automatically be a member of the project. (Ordering a Y-DNA test through the project's order page at FTDNA will give you a lower price for the test. )  Click HERE to order a test through the project's order page at FTDNA. 
  • If you have already been DNA-tested at FTDNA, you can join the project by logging into your kit's page at, then clicking on "Join" under "Projects".  Search for the Surname Project and follow the links to join the project.
  • By registering and logging in at, you will be able to see a link in the left sidebar of each page of the project's website: "Make this a favorite project".  Clicking this link and following the instructions will give you a link to the project's website each time you log in at, but it will not make you a member of the project. 

After joining the project, add your lineage to the Patriarch Page! This Patriarch page is open to all active Kent researchers, whether or not they have contributed DNA. This is a place for active Kent researchers to post their lineages and browse the contents to see if any names and/or places are recognized. The patriarch page is a commonplace for researchers with brick walls that have remained sturdy for decades (despite intense focused research), while many are new to genealogy and want to explore any known records that pertain to their own lineage. Most researchers are somewhere in between, and all are welcome to participate and collaborate. Click here to take a glimpse at the patriarch page.

- Click here to add your lineage to the Patriarch page.

If possible, have your Kent Family’s “y-DNA” tested! A simple at-home “y-DNA” test (a saliva swab) is submitted and a small portion of a male’s DNA called the “Y” chromosome is tested. This chromosome can identify the "genetic signature” for a particular Kent family and is useful when comparing the results with other Kent male descendants. Since women do not inherit the “Y” chromosome it is essential that the test taker be a male believing he is directly descended solely from the Kent male’s patrilineal line (Kent father, to grandfather, to the furthest known male Kent ancestor). The test taker usually has the surname of Kent, although common-sense exceptions can result in direct-descendants of a Kent male not retaining the surname. Women, or for those that descend from a Kent female ancestor, can participate by encouraging a Kent father, brother, grandfather, uncle or cousin to take a y-DNA test to represent their Kent lineage (if a known male exists). Click here to take a glimpse of the y-DNA results page.

Before ordering a y-DNA test, please consider the following:

- Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is the testing company located in Houston, Texas and they are the world’s leading testing company for surname DNA projects with the world’s largest ancestry DNA database. The website currently being viewed is hosted by which is a free volunteer-run organization for family researchers to collaborate and manage the DNA test results.

- The swab used to extract the “Y” chromosome is not shared with any other company and can be safely stored for your future use, or destroyed pursuant to your preference.

- Your privacy is respected. For most people, the primary goal of taking a y-DNA test is to identify existing family members that have already taken the test. Only the project administrator knows both the names of the project’s members and those that have ordered a test. If you choose to keep your results private, this will be honored. More about Family Tree DNA's privacy policy, here.

- DNA testing allows us to connect paper trails and prove or disprove relationships for the living and the long-since deceased. Potentially sensitive results are occasionally discovered that reveal an apparent “non-paternal event” (commonly referred to as an NPE). This means that the traditional paper-trail genealogy is leading two Kent males to the same Kent ancestor but there is not a close genetic match. This can be explained in a number of ways such as a young widow re-marrying with the child/ren using the name of their Kent stepfather, an unrecorded adoption (not uncommon with past high mortality rates) or it may be a result of poor information leading one of the participants to the incorrect Kent patriarch. Further research would be warranted. This possibility should be considered, and even if the participant is not concerned with such an occurrence, sensitivity should be applied for any family members that may be. This research group is volunteer-supported and interested in the truth our DNA holds and is accustomed to the sometimes unexpected journeys research provides.

- When ordering a y-DNA kit, the more “markers” that are tested will result in a more defined timeline if there is a genetic match with another test participant. For example, a 12-marker kit (currently $59.00) is considered for “deep ancestry” and may show matches with people of many different surnames --  these matches generally indicate a shared common ancestor but the match can be long before surnames came into existance. Since test participants are paying for their own kit, please choose the kit that is most affordable for your situation. Generally, 37 markers (currently $149) is the best starting kit and you can upgrade the test easily at a later date. There are periodic sales that offer 15-20% discounts, the project administrator will notify members when there are sales.

- For a test participant of the Kent Family and DNA project, a y-DNA test is necessary, but there are additional tests available that you may also be interested in. Please choose the best option for your particular needs.

With approximately forty-five test participants already involved, a few distinct Kent lineages have begun to form (although there are still some “lone ranger” testers that have yet to have a genetic match). Patience for our lone rangers has been the key while the DNA process has become more advanced and reasonably affordable for more individuals to get tested.  As more people discover the benefits of enhancing traditional genealogy with genetic testing the databases will flourish and there is no doubt that the Kent families will ultimately benefit.

- Click here to order a y-DNA test kit through Family Tree DNA.

We hope to locate all active Kent researchers to participate in both the paper-trail genealogy at the Patriarch page and identify the smaller percentage of eligible Kent descendants that can participate with a y-DNA test. The information on our respective Kent families are growing stronger with each researcher and participant!

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