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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists!

  • Surname tests allow genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.
  • Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails.

The following Surnames are currently included in this project: Carey, Cary, Carrey, Kary

The Carey DNA Project is open to all families with these surnames, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.
(If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)


The Carey DNA Project was started to:

  • Help researchers from common or related families work together to find their shared heritage.
  • Identify how the participant's families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.
  • Identify and confirm genetic Lineages of ancestral families.
  • Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and the spelling variations
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost


Useful Links


Genforum:                                         Carey                                    Cary


Ancestry Board:                                Carey                                    Cary


Rootsweb Mailing Lists:                   Carey                                    Cary


Cary/Carey Family Homepage      :  Dedicated to the research of the descendants/ancestors and relatives of John Cary and Elizabeth Godfrey.      


Carey/Cary Family Organization  :  A non-profit organization that was formed in 1993.  Annual membership is $10.00 and includes the cost of two newsletters.  They hold an annual reunion in the fall of each year in Maryland.  


Careyroots    :  Dedicated to the genealogy of the Carey family of Guernsey but it also contains sections on the origins of the Cary family of England and the Carey families of Ireland.  


Carey Irish Genealogy: Project member Patrick Carey has provided a good discussion of the various origins of Irish Careys on this site.


 The Carey Genealogy Hub :  Created in 1999 with the objective of providing genealogy enthusiasts researching ancestors with the surname Carey, Cary, or a phonetically similar name with a portal for exchanging reliable information and finding other relevant Internet sources for their research. 


Carey Family of Otago, New Zealand: This site is intended to provide a focus for ongoing research into the many descendants of David & Hannah Carey who, along with David's sister Mary & her husband Benjamin Coleman, were amongst the earliest settlers in Otago New Zealand.   

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