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Join the The Kent Family & DNA Project


How to Join the Kent Family & DNA Project

The Kent Family & DNA Project is comprised of participants that are members and non-members, include both men and women -- regardless of whether they have taken a DNA test. Participants of The Kent Family & DNA Project have collectively conducted years of research in archives, courthouses, manuscripts and special collections with the common goal of linking our genetic cousins together. This is a volunteer group and there is no cost to participate. Posting your lineage at the Patriarch page is available to all Kent descendants and it is the goal of the project to keep both members and nonmembers informed and hopefully, working with one another. Your comfort level of participation is respected.

A non-member can participate by adding their lineage to our Patriarch page. This Patriarch page is open to all active Kent researchers, whether or not they have contributed DNA. This is a place for active Kent researchers to post their lineages and browse the contents to see if any names and/or places are recognized. The patriarch page is a commonplace for researchers with brick walls that have remained sturdy for decades (despite intense focused research), while many are new to genealogy and want to explore any known records that pertain to their own lineage. Most researchers are somewhere in between, and all are welcome to participate and collaborate. Click here to take a glimpse at the patriarch page.

- Click here to add your lineage to the Patriarch page.

A member can compare their DNA results with others within the Family Tree DNA "FTDNA" database. Of course, this is encouraged so members can utilize the easy-to-use "match" calculators provided by FTDNA to compare results with others in the project. 
To become a member, you must either order a DNA test through Family Tree DNA or transfer your test results from a third party to Family Tree DNA. The Y-DNA test is the product the Kent Family & DNA Project analyzes to compare along with other Kent participants. This will trace the "y" chromosome inherited from a man's father (that was inherited from his father) back through the generations and will help to identify the patrilineal Kent lineage only. This is primary test used by this project and is the only test results that can be analyzed by the project. The Y-DNA test is only available to men, and the 37 marker test is the minimum we can utilize to estimate genetic relationships within the past (approximately) 250 years. Increasing the marker count to the 67 or 111 marker test provides better confidence in narrowing down more recent genetic matches, but many participants wait to upgrade their test once they have identified any close match(es). An autosomal test (referred to as the "Family Finder" test) can be taken my a male or a female and will analyze the DNA from all four of your natural grandparents and give you genetic matches within the past (approximately) six generations. This test is very popular since it is available for both men and women, and gives the genetic results on multiple lines of your natural lineage. An mtDNA test is for both men and women to trace only their mother's DNA (this will trace to her mother's DNA, and so forth). 
  • By ordering your test through the Kent Family & DNA Project order page at FTDNA, you will automatically be a member of the project and you will receive the lowest available price for the test. Click HERE to order a test through the project's order page at FTDNA. Only y-DNA results are analyzed for the Kent surname.

Before ordering a y-DNA test, please consider the following:

- Number of markers. When ordering a y-DNA kit, the more “markers” that are tested will result in a more defined timeline if there is a genetic match with another test participant. For example, a 12-marker kit (currently $59.00) is considered for “deep ancestry” and may show matches with people of many different surnames --  these matches generally indicate a shared common ancestor but the match can be long before surnames came into existance. Since test participants are paying for their own kit, please choose the kit that is most affordable for your situation. Generally, 37 markers (currently $149) is the best starting kit and you can upgrade the test easily at a later date. There are periodic sales that offer 15-20% discounts, the project administrator will notify members and others that are interested when there are sales.

- Testing company. Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is the testing company located in Houston, Texas and they are the world’s leading testing company for surname DNA projects with the world’s largest ancestry DNA database. The website currently being viewed is hosted by which is a free volunteer-run organization for family researchers to collaborate and manage the DNA test results.

- DNA submitted. The swab used to extract the “Y” chromosome is not shared with any other company and can be safely stored for your future use, or destroyed pursuant to your preference.

- Privacy. Your privacy is respected. For most people, the primary goal of taking a y-DNA test is to identify existing family members that have already taken the test. Only the project administrator knows both the names of the project’s members and those that have ordered a test. If you choose to keep your results private, this will be honored. More about Family Tree DNA's privacy policy, here.

- Unexpected Results. DNA testing allows us to connect paper trails and prove or disprove relationships for the living and the long-since deceased. Potentially sensitive results are occasionally discovered that reveal an apparent “non-paternal event” (commonly referred to as an NPE). This means that the traditional paper-trail genealogy is leading two Kent males to the same Kent ancestor but genetic results indicate the participants are not matching. This can be explained in a number of ways such as, in the past, a young widow re-married with the child/ren using the name of their Kent stepfather, an unrecorded adoption (not uncommon with past high mortality rates) or it may be a result of poor information leading one of the participants to the incorrect Kent patriarch. Further research would be warranted. This possibility should be considered, and even if the participant is not concerned with such an occurrence, sensitivity should be applied for any family members that may be. This research group is volunteer-supported and interested in the truth our DNA holds and is accustomed to the sometimes unexpected journeys research provides.

With over 150 test participants already involved, some distinct KENT lineages have begun to form (although there are still some “lone ranger” testers that have yet to have a genetic match). Patience for our lone rangers has been the key while the DNA process has become more advanced and reasonably affordable for more individuals to get tested.  As more people discover the benefits of enhancing traditional genealogy with genetic testing the databases will flourish and there is no doubt that the Kent families will ultimately benefit.

- Click here to order a DNA test kit through Family Tree DNA.

- Click here to transfer (free of charge) your autosomal DNA results from AncestryDNA or 23andme. It is complimentary to transfer results and it does come with features, but it is highly recommended at some point to upgrade to full access for $39.

- Click here to transfer your y-DNA results from a third party ($19, with optional upgrades available).

- Click here to transfer your National Geographic's Genographic Project results (free of charge)

- If you are already a Famiy Tree DNA participant, click here for instructions to add The Kent Family & DNA Project as one of your projects of interest. 


We hope to locate all active Kent researchers to participate in both the paper-trail genealogy at the Patriarch page and identify the smaller percentage of eligible Kent descendants that can participate with a y-DNA test. The information on our respective Kent families are growing stronger with each researcher!

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