myGroups (Beta) Walkthrough

Welcome to our myGroups Beta!  myGroups is an exciting new feature that allows our group members an interactive way to communicate with and learn from one another. […]

How many projects can I join?

We do not restrict the number of projects a customer can join; however, it is important to note that while Family Tree DNA does not […]

How do I contribute to a group project’s general fund?

Anyone may contribute to a group project’s general fund. To do so: Go to the General Fund Donation page. ( In the first menu, select […]

How do I start a Group Project?

If you would like to start a Group Project, please fill out the project application. Please include any questions in the application form. You may […]

How can I participate in a project?

If you have not tested before, select the project you wish to join, either through the Search a DNA Project box or by browsing through […]

How does project participation affect my privacy?

Joining a project does expose some identifying information about you to the project volunteer administrator. It may also expose non-identifying information about you through the […]

Will participating in a project limit my matches? Will I still be able to match against the entire database?

Project participation will not automatically limit your ability to discover matches in the entire Family Tree DNA database. However, there are two ways that taking […]

Why should I participate in a project?

Projects are designed to help individuals who may have similar ancestry connect with one another. You should consider participating in a project if: You are […]

Why am I being asked to fill out a Join Request?

The Group Administrator has chosen to require approval for participation in the Group Project. You need to include your name, email address, and why you […]

What if my surname or region is not listed?

As people moved from place to place, surnames evolved into different spellings. When searching for a DNA project to join, look to see if one […]

What happens to my results if I decide to leave a project?

Your results are not affected by project participation or by the decision not to participate in a project.

How do I join or remove myself from a project once I’ve received my results?

Once your results are posted online, you will be able to join or remove yourself from group projects at will using your myFTDNA account. To […]

What is the cost to join or test in a project?

There is no cost to join a project. In fact, there is a group rate that you qualify for when you order a Y-DNA test […]

Who are the Group Administrators of projects?

The FamilyTreeDNA Group Administrators (a.k.a. administrators and co-administrators) are unpaid volunteers who have an interest in the history and genealogy of a particular haplogroup, lineage, […]

What is a Haplogroup Project?

Family Tree DNA’s Haplogroup Projects provide a place for individuals with the same haplogroup to connect with one another and study their common origins through […]

What is a Maternal (mtDNA) Lineage Project?

Maternal (mtDNA) Lineage Projects are for those who wish to prove a connection to a common maternal ancestor. Both males and females can order a […]

What is a Geographic Project?

A Geographic Project connects individuals whose direct line comes from a specific location. The focus of a Geographic Project may be for a town, county, […]

What is a Surname Project?

A Surname Project studies the different Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) lineages associated with a surname or group of surnames. It may be narrowly focused on one […]

What are FamilyTreeDNA Group Projects?

Is your interest in verifying a genealogy? Is it in tracing historic migrations? Group Projects can help. At FamilyTreeDNA, our Group Projects are for genealogy […]