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About us

The Canton DNA Project welcomes Cantons from all around the world and we hope you will join today!

Our project started late in 2007. 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 Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Canton or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, please help find a male in your family tree to participate.

We encourage males who order a Y DNA test to order 37 markers, if possible, as this is the ideal number for our Project. If you order fewer markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

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. You would order a mtDNA test. We have two mtDNA tests (see Results).

Please remember that members of a surname group registered with FTDNA get a large discount on the costs of any test.