Your Project's Patriarch Page

Surname Projects Want Your Paternal Pedigree
Surname Projects use yDNA, as it is passed down from father to son, just as the surname is passed down. 
  • Women don't have yDNA and cannot pass it on. 
  • Therefore, the pedigree that is of use for a surname project focuses on your male line, starting with your earliest male ancestor in the surname line and continuing down, through males only, to the man who provided his yDNA for the Surname Project.  
  • Since the women in your ancestry did not provide any of the yDNA, their family lines are not of interest to the surname project, and only the spouses of the men are included as identifiers.  The omission of the women's lines is not sexism--it is just the way that yDNA works for a Surname Project. 
Projects display the pedigrees on the project's Patriarchs' Page, along with the contact email and the kit number, so that project members and interested researchers can correlate test results and pedigrees. It is important that every member of the project provide a pedigree, even if he only knows a little, so that the project has all the pedigree information compiled.
The pedigree as used in Surname DNA Projects and on the project websites 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. 
Here is how a pedigree appears on the Patriarch Page:
John Doe, b 1790 MA, m Mary Brown - NC Doe [nmdoe AT]
John Doe Jr. b 1820 Boston MA, m Jane Smith
John Doe III, b 1850 Philadelphia PA, m Sarah Jones
Thomas Doe, b 1880 Philadelphia PA, m Mary Williams
Samuel Doe, b 1910 VA, m Anne Taylor
Kit 99999

More information about the Patriarchs Page:
  • Pedigrees are usually posted in chronological order according to the birth date of the earliest ancestor., linked when possible.
  • Some project administrators show pedigrees by lineages
  • Look for names and places that link to your own pedigree.
  • To contact the submitter of the pedigree, use the contact information at the end of the first line (change the AT to @ and remove the spaces).
  • The kit numbers are shown in red at the end of the pedigree, so that you can correlate the pedigree to the yDNA results on the Results Page
  • The pedigree consists of only four bits of information on each line, as we have realized that this approach allows clear identification of a family: full name, birthdate, birthplace, wife's name (If missing any of this information, the participant can choose an alternate fact to include.)
  • We don't post names of your ancestors who were born after 1910, to protect their privacy.
How does your pedigree get on the Patriarchs Page?
1. If you are a member of the project, click here to send your pedigree to for posting on the Project's Patriarch Page, and your pedigree will be posted on the project's Patriarchs Page
Please include the following:
# Name of project
# Kit Number if tested
# Name of person posting pedigree
# Email address to be posted with pedigree:
# Name, birthdate, birthplace, spouse of Earliest Known Ancestor
# List each succeeding generation below, using only those four items of information (or substitute another item of information if missing an item)

A Project Member who wishes to post a more extended version of their pedigree to supplement the “stripped down” pedigree posted on the Patriarch Page may post the information on the project's Pedigree Forum.  See instructions below.
Please note:  We do not have a way to use your GEDCOM on the Project's website.  Please send us the stripped-down pedigree we request (above).   FTDNA allows you to upload your GEDCOM through your MyFTDNA page, and it is then available to your matches at FTDNA. 

2.  A Researcher who is not a member of the Surname DNA Project, but wishes to share a family pedigree can post it on the project's Pedigree Forum.  
To post on the Pedigree Forum:
1. Register and log in at
(How do I register to post a pedigree? Click here
(I've already registered. How do I log in? Click here
2. Go to your project's website and click the "Pedigree" tab on the far right in the black menu bar across the top of each page of the project's website. 
3.  Scroll to the last posting on the project's pedigree forum, click "reply" and post your pedigree.
a. Please do not include names for anyone born after 1910, to protect privacy.
b. If you have questions or are unable to post your pedigree on this forum, please contact
For a step-by-step guide to using DNA for genealogy, please read DNA the Smart Way
If you have questions or are unable to post your pedigree on the project's Pedigree Forum, please contact