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Join the The Pitts DNA Project

Surnames in this Project: Our project is open to any male of any of the listed surnames or to any man believing that he is descended from a variant surname. Participants are sought from all parts of the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Oceania and anywhere else the Surname may be found.

Project Discussion: The DNA information is to be used in conjunction with historical and traditional research. DNA results do not often “prove” a relationship, but can be quite helpful in guiding research. If a DNA profile does not match traditional genealogy, a hypothesized relationship may be incorrect. At other times DNA results may point to an unknown adoption in the family, or some other so-called non-paternity event.

Since a Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA37, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA12, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname to be tested.

Females can also order a test for themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of their test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.

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

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. The cost per participant is dependent on the number of markers tested, but all tests include an estimate of the 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 markers - if they don't start there. Either the 25 or 37 marker test can be useful in identifying other families that share a common ancestor. It is highly likely that a 12 marker test will ultimately require an upgrade. We recommend the 12 marker test only for those folks who are sponsoring other families in search of a match to their own family or those who cannot afford a 25 marker test.

    • 67 marker test $248

    • 37 marker test $149
    • 25 marker test is $124

    • 12 marker screening test is $49

    • Refine 12 to 25 markers $49


    • Refine 12 to 37 markers $99


    Refine 25 to 37 markers $49
  • Refine 37 to 67 markers $99

  • Add $2 for US postage and $4 for international postage

The test is a simple cheek swab. The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail. You simply rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, and put it in the mail.If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the Project Administrators listed below and submit your pedigree.

What do I do if I have questions? Please read the Freq Asked Questions at World Families Network first. If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators listed below.