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The Audley DNA Project welcomes all participants and particularly those people with the surnames Audley, Aidley, or Adley, or any other variant of that surname. We encourage you to join today!

Our project with 'Family Tree DNA' is just getting started, I have received my Y chromosome DNA test results from 'Family Tree DNA' and would like to compare my results with yours to see if we share a common ancestor. We expect to have many exciting discoveries and find common ancestors for the various branches of the Audley Family Tree.

My interpretation of the 5 Y Chromosome DNA results can be seen by selecting the Results Tab on the Top Menu above,

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname.

The surnames in this DNA Project are being researched as part of the Audley surname study, which is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. You can learn more about this significant research, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, or contacting the Project Administrator.

The Audley One Name Study, (Surname Study) also has two websites that contains over 26 documented branches to the Audley Family Tree, photographs of members of many of these branches and even some Y DNA results that were tested by other DNA testing companies. These websites are: and

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, etc. and back through time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown or another variant of those surnames. If you believe there is a Audley or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree.

We encourage males to order a Y-DNA test for 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

Whilst this project is primarily interested in Y Chromosome DNA. Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. To explore your direct female line, you would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Full Sequence test.

To find matches across all branches of your family tree, you want to order Family Finder, which is an autosomal DNA test. This test works about 5 generations back, sometimes more. To maximize the benefit of this test, researching all branches of your family tree back 4-5 generations is valuable. This test works for both males and females.

The results of the DNA tests mentioned, Y DNA, mtDNA, and Family Finder, contain no personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related. This is an opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.

Order your test kit today and join us in making discoveries.

We have also established a General Fund, to accept donations in any currency via credit card. These funds will be held at the testing company, and used to help sponsor test kits for those key males who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of participation in the project.

Feel free to contact the project administrator either through this website or one of the websites listed above to discuss any aspect of the Audley, Aidley or Adley surname or any other variant, including DNA testing. You do not need to have ordered a DNA test through 'Family Tree DNA' to talk to me.

Regards Brian Audley