WFN Websites FAQ

WorldFamilies.net (WFN) hosted Project Websites
Viewing the Project's Website
Y-Results Page
Patriarchs Page
Why is the project's website important?
  • It is the only place where you can see your results and your pedigree lined up with all the other results and pedigrees in the project. 
  • It is also the place where the Project Administrator can present information about the project and its findings. 
  • The project forums provide a place for project members to post information and ask questions. 
Do I need to log in to view a project's website?  
You do not need to register or log in to view any page of the website.  However,
  • You will need to register and log in if you want to post on the forum.
  • You will need to register to "track" a project and to join the Surname Community.
How do I register?
Go to www.worldfamilies.net
Under the login button, click on "Create new account" 
It will bring up a new screen that will have a box that says:  "Register - Required Information" . 
You can choose any username and password you would like. If you want to hide your email from the public on the website, click on the box next to the blank for your email address. 
Do a "visual verification" by typing the scrambled letters you see. 
Read the usage agreement below it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the square by "I agree". 
Click on "Register" below that.  You are now registered. 
Make a note of the username and password you chose.
I've registered before, but now I can't log in.
Go to www.worldfamilies.net and click on the “Request new password” link right under the log-in box. 
Follow the instructions to receive an email to reset your password.
If you have changed your email address since you registered, you may not be able to receive the email.  In that case, email us with your user name and we can reset your password for you.
Sometimes there is confusion about the Family Tree DNA website, and the Project website that is located at World Families.  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.  At the Family Tree DNA website, you are able to see your personal page.  If you are unable to log in there, contact Family Tree DNA directly and they will help you log in.  Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@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 only need to log in to post on the forum or to click the Track Project button at the project website, so that each time you log in you will see a link to the project in the left sidebar.  If you want to log in at www.worldfamilies.net, in order to post your pedigree, 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.
I asked to reset my password, but I never got an email to allow me to do so.
  • We apologize if this has happened to you.  Sometimes the email system for the website registration fails to send the expected email.  When this happens, please email marilyn@worldfamilies.net and we will give you a new password. 
What is the relationship between FTDNA and WorldFamilies?
  • 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.  In addition, WorldFamilies also co-administers projects that have a Project Administrator who needs help administering the project.  WorldFamilies has a business relationship with Family Tree DNA that allows us to provide this service. More information about WorldFamilies.net
How do I find my surname project on this website?
Click on the link to "Surname Projects" in the navigation bar at the top of every page of the website.  This will take you to a page where you can search for the project by clicking on "Search for a project" or you can click on the letter that begins your surname and jump to the listing of projects that begin with that letter. Scroll down to find you project, then click on the link to the website.
On your myFTDNA page at FTDNA, you will see a link to the website for any project you have joined.  More about your FTDNA Personal page
 
If there is no project for your surname, WorldFamilies.net will set one up.
More about requesting a project or a website at WorldFamilies.net
Click here to open an email to request a project or a project website.
Are you my relative since you administer this project?
  • Although we each have several projects for our family lines that we administer, the majority of projects we administer at WorldFamilies.net are not our family lines.  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.  In addition, WorldFamilies also co-administers projects that have a Project Administrator who needs help administering the project.  WorldFamilies has a business relationship with Family Tree DNA that allows us to provide this service. 
    More information about WorldFamilies.net
How do I get to the WorldFamilies.net home page from a project website?
  • To return to the WorldFamilies.net Home Page, click the logo in the upper left corner.
How do I access all the pages of the project's website?
The Project Navigation Bar at the top of the project website pages contains links to any of the project webpages. (Note: Project Administrators can choose to display all or some of these links)
Where can I see my project's Results page?
Click on "y-Results" to go to  the page where the yDNA test results for project participants are displayed in a table, grouped by haplogroups and lineages. 
  • How do I use the forums?
  • How do I get back to the project's website from the forum?
How do I use the forums?
World Families provides family forums for each Surname Project website.  You can access the Project's forums by clicking the link "forums" in the black menu bar across the top of each page of the project's website.  Click the forum titled "Welcome" for information on using the family forum.   Click the forum titled "Pedigrees" to see the pedigrees that have been posted there.  For more information about your Project's Forum.
 
To see all the WorldFamilies.net Forums, click the link "Forums" at the top of this page (and all the information pages of the WFN website) to go to the WFN Forum Home Page. 
WorldFamilies.net Forums (can view any page without logging in, but must be logged in to post)
How do I get back to the project's website from the forum?
If you have accessed the project's forums from the links on the project's website, you will need to click the "back" button to get back to the project's website.  If you have logged in and made the project a "favorite", you can click "Home" in the main black menu bar across the top of the page to return to www.worldfamilies.net and then you will be able to return to the project's website using the link under "Favorite Projects" in the left sidebar.  
 
Does clicking "Make this a Favorite Project" on the project's website at WorldFamilies.net make me a member of the project at FTDNA?
The "Make this a favorite project" link in the left sidebar appears only when you are logged in. 
By clicking this link and clicking "Join" you are joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) of users who are researching this surname. 
  • Joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) does NOT make you a member of the Surname DNA Project at FTDNA--you have to be tested at FTDNA for that. 
  • Joining a WFN Surname Community (Group) gives
    you a link to that project under "Favorite Projects"
    whenever you sign in.
  • Coming soon--other great features
How do I provide my Earliest Known Ancestor for the my project’s Results Page?
The information you provide on the "Most Distant Ancestor" page on your personal page at FTDNA will be in the information that will appear with your results on the project's Results Page.
More information about providing ancestral information at FTDNA
I joined the project and my results are ready. Why aren't they posted on the project's Results Page?
  • World Families posts results to the project's Results Page for a number of the surname projects who have website at www.worldfamilies.net.  We use a results tool that automatically updates the results pages on a quarterly (hopefully soon to be monthly) basis.  Your results will appear on the Results Page with the next update.  If you would like us to post the results sooner, send us an email requesting we update the Results Page for your surname project to include your results. 
    You should send an email directly to the project administrator whenever there is one to request that your results be added.  You can find the email address for project administrator at the bottom of each page of your project's website. 
What is a "lineage"?
  • Results included in a "Lineage" share a recent common ancestor since the advent of surnames (circa 1100 AD)
    o On the Surname Project Results Page, Lineages are grouped and share a color.
    o The result in the Lineage row shows the projected markers for the Lineage's common ancestor (Lineage
    Haplotype)
    o Each man should match the Lineage result at least 23/25 to be considered a satisfactory match
    o Each place where a man does not match the Lineage haplotype is shown in a contrasting color
    o Where the ancestral marker cannot be projected, a question mark is shown instead
    o Results shown in a general grouping do not share a common ancestor if they are shown in a different color.
    o A 12 marker match may be shown as "Possible" for the lineage, but will not be declared part of the Lineage until he has upgraded to 25 or more markers. 
What is the Earliest Known Ancestor (EKA)?
  • As the name suggests, this is the person who is the farthest back of your family tree that you have been able to trace through a paper trail. To provide this information, go to your mtFTDNA page at www.familytreedna.com, and click on "Most Distant Known Ancestor" under the heading "My Account" in the dark blue band near the top of the page.  There you can fill in your earliest known ancestors. When we know the EKA of a participant, we use that name in displaying test results on the "Results" page
What is a haplogroup?
  • Haplogroups are the groupings of mankind based on analysis of the DNA which has been passed down from our ancestors since the beginning of mankind.
    • These haplogroup branches characterize the early migrations of population groups.
    • As a result, haplogroups are usually associated with a geographic region and can tell us about our ancient ancestors and their migrations.
    • Haplogroups were assigned letters of the alphabet before the complete analysis was done which means that the specific letter assignment itself is meaningless.
    • Your haplogroup is automatically tested and confirmed for mtDNA tests. For Y-DNA tests, your haplogroup is predicted based on a large database that Family Tree DNA has for this purpose.
      More information about haplogroups
Why are haplogroups shown in different colors on the results page?
  • If the participant was SNP tested, his haplogroup will show in green. If he has not been SNP tested, FTDNA may have made an estimate of his haplogroup based on his 12/12 match to someone who has been SNP tested. In this case, the haplogroup will show in red, indicating that it is an estimate.
What is an “Apparent Ancestral Profile”?
Please keep in mind that the "Apparent Ancestral Profile" and the "Apparent Haplogroup Profile" are two different things. By looking at the men who match and form a Lineage,  we can estimate what the marker values for their common ancestor would have to be. This is the Apparent Ancester Profile. We put those marker numbers for the Apparent Ancestral Profile in a row row above the results for the members of the Lineage.  We assume that his descendants would have had the same mutations that he had. 
Sometimes a lineage includes men who have a different value at a certain marker, and if so, we use the value that appears most often in the Lineage.  If there is no value that represents the majority of the lineage members, we put a question mark at that DYS for the Apparent Ancestral Profile.

 
What is the “Apparent Haplogroup Profile”?
The Apparent Haplogroup Profile is the common marker values for men who have that Haplogroup.  If we could go all the way back to the very first fellow who had that Haplogroup (thousands of years ago) we assume that he would have had the marker values that are shown for his Haplogroup on this page:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/geo/haplogroups/results  Of course, we can't be sure of that, but based on the thousands of tests that genetic genealogists have done, they have been able to come up with an "apparent" haplogroup profile.
  • The Apparent Haplogroup Profile is shown across the top of the group of men grouped under the heading "Haplogroup * - Not Yet Assigned to a Lineage", since these men have no matches in the project, as yet, and thus have no Apparent Ancestral Profile.
  • We use this profile only as a basis of comparison for all results in the Haplogroup.
What is a pedigree?
The pedigree is your family tree, the ancestral information that tells who your ancestors were.  As used in Surname DNA Projects and on the WorldFamilies.net project websites, the pedigree 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.
Pedigrees for mtDNA Haplogroup Projects focus on the mtDNA maternal line, but are not as easy to trace, as female surname tend to change with each generation.
Autosomal DNA (Family Finder) looks at the group of surnames that make up your ancestry for the last 5 generations.
How do I provide my pedigree for the project's Patriarch Page?
What should I provide for my project's Patriarchs' Page?
Your kit number, your contact email address and the name, birth date, birth place, and spouse of each male in your surname line, beginning with your earliest known ancestor(If you are missing any of that information, you can post any identifying information you have for that ancestor.) You can identify most ancestors by these four pieces of information.
If you have additional information, you can post it on the pedigree forum or one of the other forums. When we post your pedigree on the Patriarch page, we link it back to your posting on the pedigree forum.
Click here to send your pedigree to WorldFamilies.net for posting on the Project's Patriarch Page. More about providing your pedigree for your project's website
 
How does my pedigree get on the Patriarchs' Page of my project's website?
  • The Patriarchs Page is the page on the website where the Project Administrator (or WorldFamilies.net for the projects we administer or co-administer) posts the pedigrees that have either been posted on the Pedigree forum or have been sent by email. 
  • The Patriarchs Page arranges pedigrees in chronological order, linking pedigrees when appropriate, and showing kit numbers so that pedigrees can be correlated to test results.
  • The pedigrees are provided to the Project Administrator either by email or by posting them on the project's Pedigree Forum.
I'm not a member of this project.  Can I still submit a pedigree for my line in this surname?
  • If you are not a member of the Surname Project, but are researching the surname, you may post your pedigree on the Family Pedigree forum by clicking the link "Pedigree" in the black band across the top of each page of the project's website.  
How do I register or log in to post my pedigree?
             To register:
  1. Under the login button in the left sidebar of this page (or any page on the website), click on "Create new account"
  2. It will bring up a new screen that will have a box that says:  "Register - Required Information" .
  3. You can choose any username and password you would like. If you want to hide your email from the public on the website, click on the box next to the blank for your email address.
  4. Do a "visual verification" by typing the scrambled letters you see.
  5. Read the usage agreement below it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the square by "I agree".
  6. Click on "Register" below that.  You are now registered.
  7. Make a note of the username and password you chose in case you forget it the next time you visit the forum.
  8. After you have posted registered and logged in, be sure to click on "Track Project" at the project website, so that a link to the project website will appear each time you return to www.worldfamilies.net and log in.
If you have already registered and are having trouble logging in
  1. Type in your username or password if you know one of them.
  2. If you have forgotten your password, click on "Request new password" just under the log in box
  3. A screen will come up saying you didn't enter password.  At the bottom of that square is a small line saying "Forgot your password?"
  4. Click on "Forgot your password?"
  5. The next screen will give you a choice of typing in your email address so you can follow a link that will be sent to you in an email to reset your password, or you can check the box "Ask me my question" if you chose that option when you registered.
  6. If you choose to have the link sent to you by email, go to your email account, open the email, click on the link, and you will then be able to reset your password.
  7. Please make a note of the new password for the next time you log into the forum.
  8. If you have forgotten your username, go through the same steps as above
Why can’t I log in? I’m trying to log in with my FTDNA kit number and password, but WorldFamilies.net won’t let me log in.http://ftdnalog
There may be some confusion about the Family Tree DNA website, and the Project website that is located at World Families.
There are two 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. 
    • The personal page will have all the information about your test results and matches. 
    • If you are unable to log in there, contact Family Tree DNA directly and they will help you log in.  Call (713) 868-1438 or email helpdesk@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 only need to log in to post on the forum or to click the Track Project button at the project website, so that each time you log in you will see a link to the project in the left sidebar
    • If you want to log in at www.worldfamilies.net, in order to post your pedigree, 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. 
    • 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.  The navigation menu for the project's website is in the project bar across the top of the project's webpages.
How do I contact a member of the project?
  • We are happy to put you in touch with a project member, if you will send us an email with the project's name and the person's kit number, along with the message you would like to send to him. 
    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 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.
How do I contact a person whose pedigree appears on the Patriarchs' Page?
The name and email address for the pedigree provider is posted at the end of the first line of the pedigree.  Change the AT to @ and remove the spaces to use the email address to contact him or her.  (We use the AT and spaces to preven spam harvesters from stealing your email address from the webpage.) 
 
Why is my surname included in another project, even though my surname seems very different to me?
The problem we face in setting up and managing surname projects is that we can't always guess which surnames will actually go together genetically.  I would expect that your surname has been the same as far back as you trace - with maybe some slight misspellings in the records from time to time.  You reasonably expect to find your kin carrying the same spelling as you do – and indeed, that may be the only surname that you will be matching 5-10 years from now, as we develop a genetic profile of nearly all of the families.

But, what if an important branch of your family “got tired” of your spelling or had their name changed in a clerical misspelling, or even intentionally changed it for some reason?  The only way that you'll find them is to match them - and then retrace and converge your paper trails. 

If they changed their name to some other variation - you may not know you match if you're in "pure" project with only your surname spelling - and they are also in a "pure" project with only their spelling (particularly if both of you are not allowing comparisons outside the surname.)
By including your surname in the project, we give your family members a place to post pedigrees and results, and the opportunity to test at the reduced rate for project members.  If it becomes clear at a later time that your surname should be a separate project, it is easy to set it up independently.
 
What is a Project Administrator?
Typically, one or two volunteer researchers provide leadership for the project, coordinating the collection and display of pedigrees, the correlation of pedigrees to results and the presentation of results. They also share the project’s learnings with the members and coordinate the efforts to increase interest and awareness in the project.
For more information on becoming an administrator, read Become An Administrator
 
Why does WorldFamilies.net administer so many surname projects?
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.  In addition, WorldFamilies also co-administers projects that have a Project Administrator who needs help administering the project.  WorldFamilies has a business relationship with Family Tree DNA that allows us to provide this service. 
More information about WorldFamilies.net
 
How do I start a new project?
  • If there is no FTDNA project serving your surname, we will set up the project for you through WorldFamilies.net and allow you to be the Co-Admin or simply be a participant.
    Click here to request us to set up your Surname Project  Surname Project Request
    You can also contact Family Tree DNA directly to request a project.
What do I need to know to administer a Surname DNA project?
  • Most Surname DNA Project coordinators didn’t know a lot about DNA testing when they started.  They had an interest in furthering their research and were willing to start their project and learn as they went.  We have provided advice on how to start and run a project
    at our WorldFamilies.net site.
    For more information on becoming an administrator, read Become An Administrator
How do I add my existing FTDNA Project to your WorldFamiles.net listing?
Simply go to our Request a Project Site page and send us an email.
 
I might be interested in becoming a Project Administrator.  How do I find out more?
There are four main functions of the Project Administrator:
  • Managing your surname DNA project by
    • welcoming new members with an email
    • advising members when they have  a match
    • answering emails
    • encouraging pedigree posting
    • recruiting new members
  • Editing your project’s website
  • Posting pedigrees on your project’s website
  • Posting test results on your project’s website 
You can choose to do all of them right away, or start by doing some of them.  If you are uneasy about taking on too much at first, begin with sending the welcome message to new participants.  We will provide you with a sample message that you can use as it is or edit, or you may create your own welcome message.
For more information:  Becoming a Project Admin and Admin Guide
 
Why should I use a WorldFamilies.net website for my project?  Can I still use the FTDNA website if I have a WFN website?
Project Administrators choose to use WFN websites for a number of reasons:
  • WFN can provide any level of support you need by posting results and pedigrees for you, advising you on questions that come up, and helping you learn to administer the project.
  • Many admin prefer the way results and pedigrees are presented on the WFN websites.
  • Some admin use both the WFN website and the FTDNA website because they want to maximize the possibility of a potential participan finding the project. 
  • Some admin use WFN as a way of assuring that the project will continue if there comes a time when they are unable to administer the project.