We have just over 400 members in the Y-DNA haplogroup project. Each member is grouped by haplogroup based on either SNP results, STR results or a combination of both. Keep in mind that STR results are not as accurate as SNP results because STRs can mutate frequently and therefore give a false indication as to the closeness of a match. SNPs on the other hand are very stable over time and provide a better way to tie matches to a common ancestor.
Currently we have almost 40 members in the R-M269 Haplogroup. Generally, one finds themselves in this group based on an estimate from FTDNA based on their STR marker values or signature. We would like to see each member kit in a more refined haplogroup such as M222, L226, Z-18, etc. But in order to accomplish this the member must do some type of advanced SNP test or a higher level of STR testing. For people in the M269 Haplogroup, the M343&M269v2 Backbone SNP Pack is one way to accomplish this. However, the Big-Y 700 will give you not only a terminal SNP (most downstream known SNP in your Haplotree) but also identify private or novel SNPs which may allow you to connect with others in the most recent time frame (1600s to present day). If you have any questions about advanced SNP tests and which test you should take, please contact one of the project admins.