DNA Tools - FAQ

Using Your "myFTDNA" Page


How can I change my email address or my password on my account?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com using your kit number and the password they sent you when your kit was returned. 
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
  • Click "Personal Profile" in the drop-down menu.
    • To change your contact information, click "contact information."
    • To change your password, click "password information."
What do I do if I've forgotten my password or my kit number?
  • If you have forgotten either of these, you can click "forgot your password" under the log-in box. or you can contact Family Tree DNA directly and they will help you log in.  Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com
How can I find out when my results will be ready?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com using your kit number and the password they sent you when your kit was returned. 
Click on "View Complete Order History" under "Order History" in the left sidebar to see all information about your orders.  Then click on "Check the status of pending tests" to see the  expected completion date. 
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I bought the kit for someone else.  How can I make sure I get all the information about the kit and the results?
Make sure your email address is included in the contact information for the kit when you send it back to FTDNA.  If it has already been returned, then get the password from the person who took the test so that you can access the personal page at FTDNA. 
Log in at www.familytreedna.com using the kit number and the password they sent when your kit was returned. 
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
  • Click "Personal Profile" in the drop-down menu.
    • To change your contact information, click "contact information."
    • To change your password, click "password information."
I don't like getting the emails that my project admin sends out.  Can I get off his email list without leaving the project?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com using the kit number and the password they sent when your kit was returned. 
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
  • Click "Project Administrator Settings" in the drop-down menu.
  • On the next page, click "Match and Email Settings"
  • Scroll down to "Project email settings" and click the circle "no" next to "Subscribe to 'bulk' e-mails sent by my project administrators"
I don't want to get an email from FTDNA every time I have a match.  What can I do?
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
  • Click "Project Administrator Settings" in the drop-down menu.
  • On the next page, click "Match and Email Settings"
  • Scroll down to "Y-DNA Matches and E-mail Notifications" and make your selections about which emails about matches you would like to receive.
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Why do I need to name a "beneficiary" for my DNA test kit?
FTDNA retains your sample for 25 years or longer.  New tests or new information that might be valuable to your heirs will only be available if you authorize a beneficiary.  When you pass away, the beneficiary will gain complete control of the kit and will be authorized to order additional tests with any DNA that may remain in stock.  Once you have saved the information, if you would like a hard copy of this to include in your will, or with your other legal documents, click the Printable Form link. This will take you to the form. Verify your information, print it and have it notarized.
Access this link under "My Account" on your personal page at FTDNA
How can I control how much access the Project Administrator has to my information?
Log in at www.familytreedna.com using the kit number and the password they sent when your kit was returned. 
  • Touch your curser to "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA.
  • Click "Project Administrator Settings" in the drop-down menu.
  • Make your selections about how much access the Project Administrator will have to your information and settings. 
Why can't I log in to WorldFamilies.net with my kit number and FTDNA password? 
There may be some confusion about the Family Tree DNA website, and the Project website that is located at World Families.  These are two separate websites that have information about your DNA testing for genealogy and your surname project. 
  • Your personal page is located at Family Tree DNA (www.familytreedna.com)  When you log in at www.familytreedna.com, you will need to use your kit number and the password they sent you when your kit was returned.
    For more information about using your Personal Page at FTDNA
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  • 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 only need to log in to post on the forum or to click the Track Project button at the project website
    • If you want to log in at www.worldfamilies.net, in order to post on the forum, click on "Create new account" just under the log in box.  You will be able to choose your own user name and password (please make a note of them).  If you have registered at Worldfamilies Forum in the past but can't remember your user name or password, click on  "Request new password" just under the log in box.
Where can I find information about using my FTDNA Personal Page?
 
Log in at www.familytreedna.com to go to your "myFTDNA" page.  Click on "Interactive Tour"--a gray button to the right of "Welcome to myFTDNA".   This will open a light gray box at the top of each page of your "myFTDNA" that will give you more information about that page.  You can fill in the information on each page as you go through the tour.   When you have finished with a page, click the arrow in the lower right hand corner of the light gray box next to "Next topic".  Take the time to go through each page of the tour, as you will learn valuable information about the power you have through your "myFTDNA" page. 
 
More Information Pages at Family Tree DNA:
Here is some more good information on the WorldFamilies.net site:
Your FTDNA Personal Page
Understand Your Results At FTDNA
How do I contact Family Tree DNA directly?
Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@familytreedna.com