***PLEASE READ FIRST*** The Devon DNA project is a Y-DNA and mtDNA geographical project for everyone with a direct paternal or maternal ancestral line originating in the English county of Devon. The only requirement for joining the project is that PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE A DOCUMENTED PAPER TRAIL TO DEVON on the direct paternal line for the Y-DNA test or on the direct maternal line for the mtDNA test. There will be no exceptions. The project is also collecting Family Finder results. For the Family Finder test you should be able to document a link with Devon in the last five generations. Please note that the project is not able to accept deep-rooted lines from America where the only connection with Devon is in the 1500s or 1600s. These pedigrees are prone to error and are very difficult to verify. There is also the possibility of a non-paternal event leading to the introduction of non-Devon DNA. If your surname is from an American line please find someone from an English line of more recent origin to represent the surname on your behalf. If you have not previously tested with Family Tree DNA you can join the project by ordering a kit at the discounted project price. You can order either a Y-DNA test to find out about your direct paternal line (your father, your father's father, your father's father's father, etc) or an mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) test to learn about your direct maternal line (your mother, your mother's mother, your mother's mother's mother, etc).