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About us

While a surname itself may give us incomplete or misleading or, at best, only general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us concrete evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching. The accessibility and affordability of family DNA testing is doubtless the greatest technical advance in the history of genealogical research because -- at long, long last -- we have a tool to break down those brick walls!


1. Add a family tree to your profile. Most important is your paternal lineage (father’s father’s father, etc.).

2. Add your most distant known paternal ancestor. Go to "Account Settings" then click on the "Genealogy" tab. Select "Earliest Known Ancestors". Add a name and a country of origin. Use this format: James Craig, b. 1717 Scotland; d. 1793 PA, USA

3. Join a Haplogroup Project (i.e. I-M223, R1b, etc.) 

4. Visit the FamilyTreeDNA Learning Center to learn the basics of Y-DNA:

5. Share this video with every Craig you know to help recruit more Craigs for the surname project:

“Calling All Craigs!” 

6. Watch the videos in this playlist to learn more about Y-DNA:

Y-DNA Genetic Genealogy (Big-Y, SNPs, STRs)

7. Consider upgrading to Big-Y when the next sale hits (April for DNA Day, June for Father’s Day, November for Thanksgiving, December for Christmas).

8. If you have already upgraded to Big-Y be sure to join the FTDNA BiG-Y Facebook Group It is by far the best resource for understanding, interpreting, and maximizing your Big-Y results. There are over 3,000 members from all over the world with decades of experience to help you out!

9. If you have completed the Big-Y, visit Scaled Innovation's SNP Tracker to see a migration map of your SNP ancestors:

10. Join the Craig Genealogy & DNA Facebook Group:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! We're here to help!

Very Respectfully,

Jonathan Craig
Co-Administrator, Craig Surname Project
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