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#19 updated on May 27, 2020

READ THIS PAGE for information on: project eligibility; project resources, including our DNA test Q&A; setting up and navigating your FTDNA account; creating and sharing your family tree; privacy and communication policies; advanced level participation, and MUCH more!

    Eligibility and Joining

  1. What is the purpose of the project and who is eligible to join?

  2. Based on my Y test, I believe I am a Collins/other project surname. What if my last name is not Collins or a project surname?

  3. I'm eligible. How do I join?

  4. I'm not eligible but I have project surname ancestry. Is there anything you can do for me?

  5. Administration and Policies

  6. How is the project administered?

  7. Communications

  8. Privacy / Unable to see Y DNA results

  9. DNA Testing and Project Resources

  10. Websites and their resources

  11. DNA Testing Q&A

  12. What other projects should I join?

  13. FTDNA Account Setup and Navigation

  14. (Required) How should I set up my FTDNA Contact Information?

  15. Do I need to grant the administrator(s) access to my account?

  16. Set up your earliest known paternal ancestor

  17. Share your Y results and paternal ancestor data with your projects

  18. Opt in to DNA matching

  19. Upload or edit, and share a family tree

  20. Maintain your surname list

  21. Advanced Participation

  22. What is the difference between being a project member and an Active Project Participant?

  23. How do I grant permission to the project administrator to include my results in published analysis? How do I get my PEDIGREE published?

  24. What are the eligibility criteria for a Y scholarship?

Eligibility and Joining

  1. This project is for MEN whose LAST NAME is Collins, Collings, Cullen, or a spelling variation of one of the project surnames. SEE: PROJECT GOALS.

    Non-eligible relatives may test and enroll an eligible male relative with 37 or more markers. Project results are kept private, so if you want to be able to see and compare results, you must have access to your relative's account !

    A Y test of 37 or more markers must be obtained or already have been obtained from FTDNA. Check FTDNA's Y Products page for current test prices.

    This is NOT a haplogroup (SNP) matching project, an autosomal DNA match project, or a mitochondrial DNA project.

    Y SNP transfers from Nat Geo, Living DNA, or other companies are not sufficient for eligibility.

    Project "shoppers" are not admitted.

    Transferring Sorenson Y DNA Data

    If you have access to old Y DNA data from or from any lab that used the Sorenson 33 or 46 marker test, you may transfer it to FTDNA. A straight transfer is not sufficient. In order for it to be qualify for the project, you must order a transfer+upgrade product and do a swab from FTDNA so that your results will be better aligned with FTDNA's test and so that you'll be enabled for matches in FTDNA's database. See: Transfer DNA and also the $58 transfer+upgrade Y products.

    If your transfer+upgrade produces less than 37 markers you will need to perform a Y25 to Y37 marker upgrade at FTDNA to be eligible for the project.

  2. There are two paths by which men with non-eligible surnames enroll in the project.


    Men whose paternal line name changed from Collins to a non-eligible name may join the project by submitting genealogy record documentation of the name change to the project administrator. Scans of documents such as birth certificates and documents of the relevant paternal line ancestor showing the name change - a court record showing the name change, or a census record showing use of the new name - should be sufficient.



    -- You must be tested at 111 markers.

    -- You must have at least two Collins matches at 111 markers at a low genetic distance.

    -- Your Collins matches must be IN the project.

    -- Your Collins matches must have granted the project administrators LIMITED access or better.

    -- Your Collins matches must match each other and be clustered together in a LINEAGE or PEDIGREE. See explanation of Results.

    -- Your Collins matches must not exhibit evidence that they are a better fit in ANOTHER surname project. This is to prevent "chain migration" of non-eligible surnames, e.g., several men named Manley happen to have a match named Collins so the Manleys decide they want to be in the Collins project. In that case the Collins match is probably a better fit in the Manley project.

    -- If genetic evidence shows you are in an SNP subclade that conflicts with those of your matches, you must accept that your kit could be removed from the project.


    1. I have tested 111 markers.
    2. List your terminal SNP or haplogroup,
    as given in your haplogroup badge on your
    account home page: __________
    3. List the name, email, Genetic Distance, and 
    terminal SNP of your Collins match with lowest 
    Genetic Distance at 111 markers:
    Name: _____________
    Email: _____________
    Genetic Distance: _____
    Terminal SNP: _______
    4. List the name, email, highest number of markers
    compared, Genetic Distance, and terminal SNP of
    your next best Collins match.
    Name: __________
    Email: ___________
    Number of Markers (67 or 111):  ______
    Genetic Distance: _____ 
    Terminal SNP: _____

  3. MEN NAMED COLLINS: State in the JOIN window after your click the JOIN button how many markers you have ordered / tested.

    MEN WHO HAVE SUBMITTED DOCUMENTED PROOF OF A NAME CHANGE FROM COLLINS: State in the JOIN window after you click the JOIN button how many markers you have ordered / tested.

    MEN WITH NON-ELIGIBLE SURNAMES: Follow the instructions in the prior question.

  4. If you have a genuine interest in the various Collins Y haplogroups and you want to be made aware of any Collins haplogroup research developments, subscribe to our mailing list. The list is a communication option for non-members interested in Collins Y DNA research. On it we post test sale announcements, major project news and developments, etc. Follow this link for instructions: mailing list.

    The project maintains a list of pedigrees. We encourage you to have yours published, and we also encourage the publication of a contact email. Email Susan if you'd like this done. Put COLLINS PROJECT PEDIGREE in the subject line of the email, use the following permission text, and complete with your name:

    I grant the Collins project administrator permission to publish my Collins pedigree at the project website, along with my contact email. I understand that is NOT the FTDNA website.

    The remaining body of your email should provide a structured pedigree. See our pedigrees for structured examples.

    Research inquiries can be posted on or on Roots Chat or some other venue of your choice.

    See What Other Projects to Join below if you have an autosomal or other non-eligible test.

    Administration and Policies

  5. Project administration is 100% volunteer work. Administrators do not receive compensation from FTDNA or special discounts on tests.

  6. contacting the project administrator:

    Email or forward an email to the administrator at

    Include COLLINS PROJECT in the subject line.

    Include your kit number in the subject line of your email IF YOU ARE ALREADY A PROJECT MEMBER.

    Do NOT send attachments until they are requested.

    After reviewing this FAQ, state your question BRIEFLY (300 words or less).

    TO ENSURE A RESPONSE, emails must follow these guidelines. Otherwise they will get lost in a spam folder and not get seen.

    contacting project members:

    Click on a match's name in your match list for that person's email.

    Check the external PEDIGREES page for any published pedigrees with contact information.

    The project administrators are not an email forwarding service between non-members and members.

    The project administrators are not an email forwarding service between non-matching members.

    Members can communicate with each other on the Activity Feed.

    not getting email:

    Check your spam folder to make sure email with the addresses of FTDNA ( or and the administrator(s) are not marked as spam.

    Make sure the email in your account is up to date.

    Make sure you have not opted out of communications in your account settings.

    See external help: Email Notifications.

    internal project communications:

    Bulletins are posted on the BULLETIN-MEMBERS ONLY page. Project members must be logged in to their FTDNA accounts to read them. (Click ABOUT in the left sidebar.) Bulk emails are sent out strictly to remind members to read the latest bulletin. Old bulletins are moved to the UPDATES - MEMBERS ONLY page.

    Minor announcements are posted on the internal Activity Feed.

    project news for non-members:

    Join our mailing list on our project website.

  7. For project Privacy policies, see Code of Conduct.

    See also: FTDNA's Privacy and Sharing page.

    See also: FTDNA's Project Administrator Settings page.

    Please do not email the administrator to complain about making the results public again. This is not debatable or negotiable. If you are not in the project and somebody in the project matches you, email your match directly for further information. The project administrator will not intervene.

    DNA Testing and Project Resources

  8. There are two major websites associated with this project.

    The FTDNA Website

    There is a representation of the project here at our lab FTDNA ("the FTDNA website"). This website holds basic project information, including this page.

    Y DNA Results are available from the left sidebar, visible only to members when they are logged in.

    On the left sidebar, LINKS will take you to other resources possibly relevant to your research.

    Members logged in can access recent project communications by clicking ABOUT in the left sidebar.

    The Project Website

    The second website ("the project website") at is the administrator's own hosted space and is not part of or under the control of FTDNA.

    The project website includes: surname histories; a DNA Testing Q&A; surname pedigrees (published only upon written permission); potentially useful historical and genealogical data; haplogroup pages; more extensive analysis of Y DNA results for those who are Active Project Participants; a mailing list for non-members.


    A minor third site, also not the property of FTDNA, holds supplementary pages to help you learn to navigate and set up your FTDNA account.

    Any other Internet sites, forums, or social media groups or pages purporting to be associated with this FTDNA Y-DNA project are disavowed.

  9. The Q&A on the project website gives a beginner overview of DNA testing but focuses on Y DNA. It covers the differences between types of DNA tests; costs of Y DNA tests; the process of doing a test; and initial navigation and interpretation of new Y results.

    See Part I of our extensive DNA testing Q&A for an explanation of three basic types of DNA tests as well as the fundamentals of Y DNA testing.

    Part II of the Q&A talks about the process of doing the test, including the cost of a Y DNA test (#4).

    Part III of the Q&A goes into navigation of Y results as well as basic interpretation of those results. You'll learn concepts such as STR marker, SNP, and Genetic Distance. The tutorial provides links to other resources.

  10. Project members have different genetic backgrounds. Members are encouraged to join at least one haplogroup project. Haplogroup project administrators may prefer members who have tested 67 STR markers or better and may expect you to undergo and therefore financially commit to further SNP testing.

    See the project LINKS (in the left sidebar) for haplogroup and regional projects relevant to your surname.

    Family Finder testers (or those who transferred autosomal results from another lab) may choose to upload their results to GEDMATCH. If your surname ancestors were in a particular geographic region for a length of time (multiple generations), look for an appropriate regional autosomal DNA project or consider starting a project up for your special region. It is up to you to find the analytical venues of your choice.

    FTDNA Account Setup and Navigation

  11. See external help: Set up contact information.

    Safeguarding the privacy of all members is the main priority of the project. What administrators can see through the FTDNA interface is very limited. Kits set up the recommended way not only save the project administrators time, it helps minimize the risk of data breaches commited by present and future administrators.

  12. If you enrolled after May 2018, you grant LIMITED access to the project administrator(s) as a condition of enrollment so you do not need to take further steps. Please do NOT alter this setting.

    If there is still a problem:

    See external help: Grant access to administrators.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Access Levels and Permissions.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Group Project Administrator Access.

  13. See external help: Set Paternal Ancestor data.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Genealogy page.

  14. See external help: Share Your Y Results.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Project Preferences page.

  15. See external help: Opt in to matching.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Matching Preferences under Privacy & Sharing.

  16. See external help: Create, upload, share family tree.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Upload GEDCOM page.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Privacy & Sharing.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Share Family Tree.

  17. Maintain your surname list
  18. See external help: Maintain surname list.

    See also: FTDNA Learning Center Genealogy Page.

    Advanced Level Participation

  19. All project members will get their Y results categorized under a suitably labeled cluster under Y DNA Results on the FTDNA website provided LIMITED access is granted. They may or may not set up their accounts as described above. This is Basic, or Level 1 participation.

    Active, or Advanced, or Level 2 Project Participants: 1) set up their accounts as described above; 2) do sufficient levels of Y testing so there is enough data to compare with others; and 3) give explicit written permission to the administrator to include their ANONYMIZED data in published analysis on the project website.

    Active Participant data is anonymized and published tagged with assigned project member numbers, not FTDNA kit numbers. Project member numbers are assigned when written permission is sent to the project administrator. The administrator can then perform further analysis and interpretation. This is the advanced (level 2) participation level.

    You are considered an Active Project Participant if the following steps have been taken:

    • The kit Profile and Contact Information are properly set up.

    • LIMITED access or better granted to the project administrator.

    • There is sufficient testing in place of 67 or more markers (not required for upgrade scholarships).

    • You have filled in your Earliest Known ancestral data, including GPS coordinates, under Account Settings | Genealogy.

    • You have checked Opt In to share out your Y and ancestral results with the project.

    • You have checked Opt In to DNA matching.

    • You have provided at minimum a project surname paternal line in your family tree, with names, dates, spouses, and places. Your family tree is shared out with MATCHES.

    • You have given the project administrator explicit written permission to publish your Y DNA results and some ancestral data, tagged with your project number (not your FTDNA kit number).

  20. The administrator deals with dozens of emails across several projects and needs this clarity in order to be able search emails effectively. If your email does not turn up in a search of subject lines, your data will not be published. So your cooperation is vital and appreciated!

    The subject line of your email must include the keywords COLLINS PROJECT and your KIT NUMBER.

    example: COLLINS PROJECT kit #abcdef John Doe Collins Data Publication Permission

    COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW into the body of your email to the project administrator to give permission to publish anonymized yDNA results data:

    I want to participate at an advanced level and hearby grant permission to the Collins project administrator to publish my ANONYMIZED yDNA results (STR and SNP data), and ancestral origins, as provided by me. If I am not the tester, I have authorization from the tester to participate. I agree to maintain my account in the manner described in the project FAQ, including the necessary opt ins for data sharing. I understand the types of data that will be published and that it will be tagged with a project number - not my FTDNA kit number. I understand that is NOT an FTDNA website.

    COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW into the body of your email to the project administrator to give permission to publish PEDIGREE data and CONTACT INFORMATION:

    I grant the Collins project administrator permission to publish my Collins pedigree at the project website, along with my contact email. I understand that is NOT an FTDNA website.

    You are welcome to combine two permissions into one email.

    You may REVOKE permission by email at any time.

    Once this written permission is received you will be assigned a separate Collins project member number (separate from your FTDNA account number) that will be used to tag your data.

  21. Eligibility for Y Test Scholarships

  22. 100% free tests are not given away at DNA shows, talks or presentations.

    Members who have otherwise met ALL project eligibility requirements and Advanced Active participation requirements could be eligible for Y DNA financial assistance when they are ready to advance their Y testing beyond 37 markers:

    Our paternal origin geographic REGIONS OF INTEREST include:

    IRELAND: Counties Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Kerry

    ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, rest of BRITISH ISLES: Middlesex, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, and Kent.

    Must either:
    i) be named Collins, Collings, Collyn, Collwyn, Collen
    ii) have paternal line family tree genealogical documentation (e.g., court records, newspaper clippings, census records, etc) proving a recent paternal line name change from Collins (you, father or grandfather)
    Minimum 1 year project membership
    STR MARKER SCHOLARSHIPS. Ability to trace origin back to a specific location in the British Isles is NOT REQUIRED but all other requirements must be met. Earliest known ancestry should reflect the life of the typical 18th/19th century man in the lower and labouring classes.
    BIG Y SCHOLARSHIPS. Earliest known family history reflects the life of the typical 18th/19th century man in the lower and labouring classes. Tenant farmer, labourer, servant, fisherman, transport convict, maybe small tradesman, etc. In Ireland, Catholic religion, etc. In England, Scotland, and Wales, similar social class (among the laboring poorer classes or maybe small tradesman.)
    Accounts for which the tester is not actively monitoring his own account must be excluded from Big Y scholarships. The older your swab sample is at FTDNA, the higher the probability of having to reswab. There is too much risk of incurring a Big Y failure (and having to deal with the ensuing aggravation) if you are monitoring the test of someone else and that tester attempts to reswab without proper supervision. The project administrator cannot be there to supervise or otherwise audit the reswab procedure.
    PRIORITY GIVEN to those with earliest known paternal line ancestry traceable into one of our geographic areas of interest down to at least the parish or district level, and should predate the start of civil registration in England (about 1837), or the Tithe Applotment books in Ireland (about 1835).
    PRIORITY GIVEN to those who have relevant surname matches in the project and are grouped in a LINEAGE which has not already done extensive advanced Y testing
    Scholarships are given out only during major sales.
    The project might request that you supply genealogical proof of a specific origin for your earliest known paternal ancestor (old baptism record, scanned images from a family bible, land record, etc).
    If the project agrees to partially fund a Y upgrade for you during a future sale, it is 100% the project member's responsibility to follow through and contact the project administrator ASAP. NOT the other way around !

    If the administrator does not hear from you within a reasonable time before the end of the sale, it will be assumed you are NO LONGER INTERESTED.

    ALWAYS EMAIL the project administrator with COLLINS PROJECT on the subject line along with your FTDNA kit number to ensure your email is received and seen.



    $45 towards Y37 upgrade to Y111. If your ancestry is from a REGION OF INTEREST you could be eligible for even more $$$.

    $25 towards Y67 upgrade to Y111. If your ancestry is from a REGION OF INTEREST you could be eligible for even more $$$.

    $130 towards Big Y - IF you can trace and document your paternal line ancestry back to a specific townland or village in Ireland during/prior to Tithe Book era or village or town in England, Scotland or Wales or elsewhere in the British Isles about the time of commencement of Civil Registration. If your ancestry is from a REGION OF INTEREST you could be eligible for even more $$$.

    $105 towards Big Y for those who may not be able to precisely pinpoint the village but otherwise may be able to specify county or shire of origin in the British Isles and document it accordingly.

    $95 towards Big Y for those who may not be able to target a location in the British Isles but have otherwise traced their Collins ancestry back to a home place anywhere in the British Isles diaspora in the first two decades of the 19th century or before.

    It would take exceptional circumstances for a tester to obtain 100% funding.

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