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Anyone with an ancestor with the Reading or variant surname is welcome to join the project!

Known variants include Reddin, Redden, Reddan, Redding, Roden and Rodan, among others.

  • Feel free to discuss this project and anything having to do with your results on the Reading Family Forum
  • Click here to place an order for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA. Only males with a direct line male ancestor using the Reading or variant surname can test via yDNA. If you are a female Reading [or variant] see if you can find a brother, cousin or uncle to test!
  • Project results can be found here:

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors
  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and 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 the Surname and the Variant Spellings
  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname


Websites of possible interest:

Please post your website info on the Reading forum  Reading Family Forum so they can be added here!



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