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Join the The Newman DNA Project




The Y-chromosome in males is inherited from one's father, who in turn received it from his father etc., it is passed down virtually unchanged for generations. Since surnames are also passed down this same direct male line it makes Y-DNA testing very useful when combined with more traditional genealogy. This is a great resource for people who have hit a brick wall in their family research and want to find out what Newman line they belong to or want to test theories on whether their Newman line is related or unrelated to another. It is also possible in some cases as more people test and a lineage grows to be able to see in the results what particular branch of a lineage one belongs to. To those that already have a solid paper genealogy you can use Y-DNA testing not only as confirmation but also to possibly find your long lost Newman cousins from around the world. Think of it as a family reunion on a global scale! The project is open to males with the Newman (or equivalent) surname, likewise a female who would like to check their direct paternal lineage can sponsor a male relative from their line with the Newman surname to participate in the project. Only one male per family is needed and even if you don’t match anyone currently in the project, you will know as the first representative of your particular Newman lineage that your results will continue to be compared to all future Newman project participants.



  • Advantages to ordering through the project:
    • Ordering a test through the project will automatically make you a member of the project,
    • Y-DNA tests at Family Tree DNA cost less when you order them through a surname project.

  • Eligibility:
    • You are a male with the Newman or equivalent surname.
    • OR you are a male with a non-Newman name due to adoption or some other reason but you know your direct male line ancestor had the Newman surname.
    • Females with the maiden name Newman or researchers who are not direct male descendants of their Newman ancestor can recruit or sponsor a male relative with the Newman name to participate for them.

  • Which Surname (Y-DNA) Test?
    • With FTDNA's current pricing (May 2014), the Y-DNA 37 marker test for $149 (plus $4-$6 for s/h) is an excellent choice.
    • If you are unsure if anyone from your lineage has tested yet it is recommended to take the 37 marker test (you can upgrade at a later time if needed).
    • If you are only interested in your "deep ancestry" (predicted haplogroup) or in proving that you don't share a common ancestor with a specific family, 12 markers might be adequate.  For most people though, 12 markers will not be enough if you wish to confirm relationships.
    • The additional marker tests beyond 37 markers (Y-DNA 67 and Y-DNA 111) help provide refinement to those who have matches at the 37 marker level.

  • Y-DNA Test Prices at FTDNA (as of May 2014, see order page for current pricing):
    • 67 marker test $248
    • 37 marker test $149
    • 25 marker test is $109
    • 12 marker test is $59
    • Add $4 for US postage or $6 for international postage
    • You can go in steps, upgrading a bit at a time - or buy the markers all at once.

  • What are the specifics?
    • The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects. All tests include an estimate of your paternal "Haplogroup" (an indication of deep ancestry).
    • We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford. We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 or 67 markers - if they don't start there.
    • The test is a simple cheek swab. The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail. You simply follow the instructions. (You'll rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, sign the release and put the completed sample in the mail. )

Click here to place an order through the project for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA


2. If you have already Y-DNA tested and aren't a member of the project but wish to join:

  • If you have ALREADY been tested at Family Tree DNA:
    • FTDNA makes it easy for you to join the project (there is no charge to join):
    • Go to Family Tree DNA and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
    • In your FTDNA personal page at the top of page find the "Projects" tab and select choice labeled "join".
    • Select the surname of the project you wish to join (our project is called "Newman").
    • Once you have clicked on "Newman" find and click on the orange join button which is lower on the page.
    • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
    • Or, you can email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project:

  • If you were tested at the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP) (This applies to Geno 1.0 results only NOT Geno 2.0):
    • You can transfer yourself, your results and your retained sample to Family Tree DNA.
    • Go to your National Geographic Genographic Project page.
      • Log in using your kit number.
      • On the next page, click on "I acknowledge".
      • On the next page, scroll all the way down to the bottom. You will see "learn more" in small blue letters near the bottom of the page. Click on it.
      • Check "I agree".
      • Fill out the FTDNA form "Adding Your Record to FTDNA" and click "Continue"
      • You should be able to finish it from there.
      • Once you have been transferred into FamilyTreeDNA, you will be given access to a "personal page".
        • In your FTDNA page is a blue button labeled "join".
        • Click on that button, then select the surname, then select a second gray join button which is lower on the page.
        • Or, you can call or email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project (713) 868-1438 or
        • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.

  • If You Were Tested at Another Company:
    • It is best to officially transfer your results to FTDNA through a "Third Party" transfer or it will be up to the Project Administrator to decide whether to add your results to the project's Results Page. 
    • We encourage you to provide your earliest known ancestor and post your family pedigree on the project's Pedigree Forum for display on the Patriarchs Page.
    • To join the project go to and go to bottom of order page to "Third Party".
      • ​If you wish to transfer your Y-DNA33 or Y-DNA46 results to the project order the applicable test for your situation.
        • Transfer Y-DNA33 and Transfer Y-DNA46 are for those who only wish to:
          • ​Join Family Tree DNA projects freely, but you will NOT receive matches or a haplogroup prediction.
          • Your uploaded results will be available to the administrator and included on the project's public page for comparison with other project members.
        • Transfer Y-DNA33 + Y-DNA25 and transfer Y-DNA46 + Y-DNA37 choices are for those who wish to receive:
          • Matches: Genetic cousins who share the same paternal line. You will have full access to your matches’ names and e-mail addresses and any genealogical information they have provided. You can immediately begin networking and exchanging information freely.
          • Ancestral Origins: Your matches’ paternal origins, listed by country, provide clues about your own recent geographic and ethnic ancestry.
          • Haplogroup: The deep ancestral origin your direct paternal line defined by your specific genetic signature.
          • Migration Map & Frequency Map: Interactive maps detail the ancient migrations of your paternal ancestors and the distribution of your haplogroup from more recent times.
          • Y-DNA Certificate: A printable certificate which includes your name and marker (STR) values.
          • Unlimited Updates: As FTDNA's database grows, you will receive notifications about new matches they find for you. There are no subscription fees for this service.



3. After You Receive Your Results:

  • (Your results will appear on your FTDNA personal page and a project administrator will upload your results to the project's y-Results page.)

1. Things to do:

  • Make sure you have provided one of the project administrators with your earliest known direct male ancestor and when/where he was born or when/where died.  Or add this information yourself by clicking on "Most Distant Ancestors" in the drop-down menu under "My Account" in the dark blue menu bar across the top of your personal page at FTDNA, and post under "Direct Paternal".
  • It is recommended that you enter your direct male line pedigree to the project forum so an administrator can add your pedigree to the project's patriarch page.
  • If you have a match, email them and compare paper genealogies to try and determine the common ancestor.
  • Consider upgrading your test if it will be beneficial towards helping prove a match with another member or might help define what branch of a lineage you belong to (likewise if you have a potential match that hasn't tested enough markers, e.g. if you matched someone who only took the Y-DNA 12 test ask if they would consider upgrading).
  • If you don't have any matches or even if you do, consider recruiting or sponsoring other Newman families into the project (now that you have your results you can recruit specific people to help test out theories of relationship).
  • If you so choose you can elect to compare your results against the entire FTDNA database by logging into your account and making sure "All Matches" is selected in "Match and Email Settings" under the "My Account" heading in your FTDNA personal page.  (If you change your settings to show matches across the entire database it's probably best not to be alerted to 12 marker matches as these aren't usually significant especially those matches with other surnames).
  • To find potential new matches consider uploading your Y-DNA results to sites that have databases of people that have tested with various other Y-DNA companies, such as Ysearch (directions below), you can also manually enter your results to other sites for free to search for matches at such sites as (must be logged into ancestry first for this link to work, can be a free account): and SMGF:  Note: If you want to compare your results against's database do so soon as the Y-DNA database is being deleted by them in early September 2014.
  • If interested in your "deep ancestry" (what branch of the human family tree your direct male ancestors come from) you can order a Geno 2.0 test from the National Geographic (results from this test are transferable to your FTDNA account).  Other options include ordering FTDNA's "BIG Y" test (recommended only for advanced users), or ordering specific SNPs from the "Haplotree & SNPs" section of your FTDNA Y-DNA results page (for advanced users).

2. If you want to upload your results to

  • Log in to FTDNA with your user name and password for your account.
  • Go to "matches" under the Y-DNA column.
  • Towards the bottom of the matches page is a link "click here to upload to".
  • After you click the link it will automatically carry over your Y-DNA values.
  • Enter your Earliest Known Ancestor and whatever info you want listed and then choose a password, it assigns you a user ID.
  • You can upload a gedcom or enter your pedigree if you so choose.

3. If you wish to join additional projects:

  • If you want to join a Y-Haplogroup Project:

    • In your FTDNA personal page at the top of page find the "Projects" tab and select choice labeled "join".
    • Click on that button, then scroll down to the 'Y-DNA Haplogroup Projects' listing.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your Y-Haplogroup.
    • Then, select the Y-Haplogroup project which best serves you
    • (Note: you cannot join a Y-Haplogroup project if you have not done a Y-DNA test.)

  • If you want to join an mtDNA Haplogroup Project:

    • In your FTDNA personal page at the top of page find the "Projects" tab and select choice labeled "join".
    • Click on that button, then scroll down to the mt-Haplogroups listing.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your mt-Haplogroup.
    • Then, select the mt-Haplogroup project which best serves you
    • (Note: you cannot join a mt-Haplogroup project if you have not done a mtDNA test.)

  • If you want to join a Geographic Project:

    • In your FTDNA personal page at the top of page find the "Projects" tab and select choice labeled "join".  Click on that button, then scroll down to the Geographic Project listings. Note - some Geographic projects are for both Y-DNA and mtDNA, while others are for only Y-DNA or only for mtDNA. Also - the Ethnic projects are included in the Geographic Projects categories.
    • Then, locate and click on the letter of the alphabet for your desired Geographic Project.
    • Then, select the project which best serves you.

  • If you've been tested at FTDNA and want to join the National Geographic Genographic Project (Geno 1.0):

    • Go to your FTDNA Personal page (or go to Family Tree DNA and then enter your kit number and password).
    • Open "Genographic Project" located under the 'Resources' tab.
    • Click "I agree" and then "Continue: Note: The fee for joining this project is $15
    • Confirm your personal details and submit your request by clicking "continue".

4. What do I do if I have additional questions?

If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators


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Project Administrators