Why Projects Are Important
A DNA Project allows a group of researchers who share a common thread in their ancestry to work together to further their genealogical knowledge.
You may want to join more than one project to get the most from your DNA test, or you may want to test different family members to represent different branches of your family tree and join projects for each test.
Family Tree DNA allows test takers to join as many projects as they feel are beneficial. Ordering your DNA kit through a project automatically makes you a member of a project, but you can also join projects through the "join projects" link on your personal page at FTDNA. Some projects require permission from the Project Administrator to join the project.
Here are the types of projects you can join:
How do I join a Surname DNA Project?
Ordering your yDNA test through a project automatically makes you a member of a project (and gives you a lower yDNA test price). In addition, you can join a project through the "Join projects" link on your FTDNA Personal Page.
More information about joining a project at FTDNA
What is a Project Administrator?
Typically, one or two 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.
More information about Project Administration at WorldFamilies.net
More information about Becoming a Project 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
Who can join a Surname Project?
Surname projects use the yDNA test for their research, as yDNA is passed from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. Females do not have yDNA, so can't be tested for a surname project. However, many females have found a male relative to yDNA test for their surname of interest. This male must be descended, through males only, from a common male ancestor of this surname with the female researcher. Men who want to research a surname that came to them through a female ancestor will also need to find a male relative to yDNA test who is descended, through males only, from a common male ancestor of this surname.
More information about finding the right person to test
How do I find a Surname Project?
If you're not sure whether there is a project for your surname, go to www.familytreedna.com and type your surname in the search box. Follow the links to find your surname project.
Geographical projects cover a defined geographical area, and are established for a variety of reasons. One reason is to assist those whose family trees go back to an area where hereditary surnames were established only within the last few hundred years, and patronymic surnames were previously used.
Why join a Geographic project?
A Geographic Project connects individuals whose direct line comes from a specific location. The focus of a Geographic Project may be for a town, county, country, or region. We have three different types of Geographic Projects: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and Dual Geographic Projects.
Who can join a Geographic Project?
Y-DNA Geographic projects are for those who have taken a Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test.
MtDNA Geographic Projects are for individuals who have taken a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test.
Dual Geographic Projects are for individuals who order an mtDNA or Y-DNA test. Either their direct maternal line or direct paternal line originates in this area.
If your direct maternal or direct paternal line does not come from the location you are interested, you may have a relative who is descended directly from that ancestor in that location test.