This Collins Y-DNA project is open to men whose paternal male ancestor was a Collins who was resident in Newfoundland during the 16th,17th, 18th or 19th centuries. The objectives of the project are to identify the different Collins family groups in Newfoundland, to determine if possible their origins—both recent and distant—and to establish a network through which cousins can connect and family history can be shared. The project uses the unique Y chromosome signature that is passed down the paternal line from father to son as a surname is passed on. All those joining the project will need to take a DNA test, which involves taking a simple cheek swab on the inside of the mouth. Females wishing to participate in studying their paternal line will need to test a brother, father, uncle, or male cousin with the surname.