Hourihane, Horrigan, Hanrahan, and Horan

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# May 11, 2021 took out any references to the external mailing list, which is now closed.

Prospective members who have any questions ABOUT THE PROJECT after reading the materials here should email Susan at hourihanedna @ pobox.com. If you expect your email to be seen and you want a reply, copy and paste the exact phrase JOINT SURNAMES PROJECT into the subject line of your email. Current project members need to add their FTDNA account number on the subject line. Emails must be BRIEF (300 words or less). Do NOT send attachments. Otherwise your email will be regarded as spam and you will not get a reply.


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!

This project utilizes a third party website to describe and illustrate FTDNA account features. Links to that website are in a box with a gray background like this one.

    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 Hourihane, Horan, Hanrahan or Horan. What if my last name is not a project surname?

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

  4. Administration and Policies

  5. How is the project administered?

  6. Communications

  7. Privacy / Unable to see Y DNA results

  8. DNA Testing and Project Resources

  9. How long to get DNA results

  10. How to upgrade my Y results

  11. Websites and their resources

  12. DNA Testing Q&A

  13. What other projects should I join?

  14. FTDNA Account Setup and Navigation

  15. Set up my FTDNA Profile

  16. Grant the administrator(s) access to my account

  17. Opt in to DNA matching

  18. Set up your earliest known paternal ancestor

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

  20. Share origins data with matches

  21. Upload or edit, and share a family tree

  22. Maintain your surname list

  23. Advanced Participation

  24. What is the difference between being an INACTIVE and an ACTIVE Member?

  25. How do I grant permission to the project administrator to include my anonymized data in published analysis?

  26. Are there Y scholarships?

Eligibility and Joining

  1. Purpose and Eligibility Back to top
  2. This project is for MEN whose LAST NAME is Hourihane, Horgan, Hanrahan, Horan or a spelling variation. These are all IRISH surnames.

    It is not enough to have a project surname in the ancestry. The tester's last name must be one of the project surnames and the men in his direct paternal line must have that name (or spelling variation).


    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.

    The best times to order a Y DNA test are: Father's Day Sale, Summer Sale (August), and the end-of-year holiday sale. In 2020, FTDNA surprised us by discounting Y DNA for the DNA Day sale in late April.

    If you are a man named HORAN, HOURIHANE, HORGAN, HANRAHAN or spelling variant and you've taken the Y37 test or better or have the test on order, you are automatically eligible.

    State the most recent Y DNA test ordered at FTDNA in the JOIN window when you click the JOIN button (upper right).

    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 !

    This is NOT a haplogroup (SNP) matching project, an autosomal DNA match project, or a mitochondrial DNA project. If you are new to testing and need help understanding the different types of DNA tests for genealogy, see Part I of our off site testing tutorial.

    Y SNP transfers from Nat Geo, Living DNA, or other companies are not sufficient for eligibility. Your data must be Y STR match enabled.

    Project "shoppers" and "browsers" are not admitted.

    Transferring Sorenson Y DNA Data

    If you have access to old Y DNA data from Ancestry.com 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 to 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.

  3. Non-Project Surname Back to top
  4. There are two paths by which men with non-eligible surnames enroll in the project.


    It was common for families named Hourihane to change their name to Howard. There are similar anglicized or phonetically related substitutions for Handrahan, Horan, Horgan, etc. If this applies to you, mention the name change when you join.

    Some families named Hourihane also used the name Brien. If a patterned name change applies to you, mention this when you join.



    Because the project remains small, with only a few known lineages, most of which can be illustrated by conventional genealogy records, the project does not admit men with non-eligible surnames. Exceptions are those who are perfect matches to men with project surnames:

    -- You must be tested at 111 markers as well as your match.

    -- Your match must be IN the project.

    -- Your Genetic Distance to the project match at 111 markers must be 0 or 1.

    -- If genetic evidence shows you are in a 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 project surname 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 project surname match.

    Name: __________
    Email: ___________
    Number of Markers (67 or 111): ______
    Genetic Distance: _____
    Terminal SNP: _____

    5. I understand that if future genetic evidence
    were to separate me from what appear to be
    matches, I could be removed from the project.
    INITIALIZE HERE: _________

  5. Options for Hourihane, Horan, Horgan, and Hanrahan Researchers Back to top
  6. The project does not admit people who want to "browse" the project. Even if you were allowed to join, you will not see much more than a table of yDNA results (strings of numbers). You will not see the contact information of members, or their family trees. Most members do not even fill in paternal ancestor origin data. The administrators do not give out the names of testers or their email addresses nor do they forward messages.

    Even project members only get the contact information of their matches, not of any project member at large.

    Your best bets are the options below.


    If you want to "browse" data you can visit the external project haplogroups page.

    Dedicated Pedigree Page

    The project is constructing a list of pedigrees. If you want a dedicated pedigree page added to the project's pedigree collection, follow the non-members instructions. Your pedigree page is a slimmed down version of what you might have posted elsewhere, stripped of clutter, and gives page visitors an opportunity to contact you.

    Research Inquiries

    Research inquiries should be posted on Ancestry.com or on Roots Chat or some other surname forum venue of your choice, including regional genealogy groups at Facebook. See the project Ancestry surname forum links.

    Check for any genealogy help desks at the city and county libraries in your ancestral region of interest.

    Enroll with the local genealogical societies in your ancestral region of interest. Society volunteers may have collated local data collections that are not otherwise available on commercial genealogy sites. Lots of these interest groups have an online presence or are on Facebook.

    Autosomal DNA Testing

    You can do autosomal testing, not only at Family Tree DNA (Family Finder) but at Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23AndMe, and Living DNA. The last two venues do not have particularly good resources for family trees; the first three have better family tree resources. FTDNA has a family tree feature by which if you link in known autosomal DNA matches into your family tree, FTDNA will look for matches with matching segments and triangulate them if they are found.

    It is recommended that you take the lab test at each venue, and not just transfer data. Data may get dropped in transfer. Also, test relatives in the oldest generations possible descended from the people you are researching. You should test lots of relatives.

    Testers may choose to upload their results to GEDMATCH or another analytical venue of your choice. If your surname ancestors were in a particular geographic region for a length of time (multiple generations), use Google and look for an appropriate regional autosomal DNA project or consider starting a project up for your region of interest. With autosomal DNA, the opportunity for contact in a specific place is of particular significance since (unlike yDNA) there is no correlation with surnames. So your detailed family tree is important.

    *** This project does NOT provide assistance with autosomal DNA. ***

    Administration and Policies

  7. How the project is administered Back to top
  8. Project administration is 100% volunteer work. Administrators do not receive compensation from FTDNA or special discounts on tests.

  9. Communications Back to top
  10. contacting the project administrator:

    Email or forward an email to the administrator at hourihanedna@pobox.com.

    Include JOINT SURNAMES 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 post on the Activity Feed.

    not getting email:

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

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

    Make sure FTDNA has not flagged your email address as a problem. Check your account Updates (left sidebar) for a message that says Correct email issue.

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

    👉 If you are expecting a response from the project administrator and have not gotten one, make sure your email contains the phrase JOINT SURNAMES PROJECT on the subject line along with your FTDNA account number.

    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.

    An annual project bulletin is published in the autumn, around the end of October - early November, to coincide with the start of the annual year-end DNA sale. It is announced by project bulk email. Mid-year minor announcements are posted in the Activity Feed.

    Make sure you know how to access those resources.

    project news for non-members:

    See our FTDNA News page.

  11. Privacy Policies / Cannot see project Y DNA results Back to top
  12. 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

  13. Time to get results back Back to top
  14. See: Learning Center article.

  15. Y Upgrades Back to top
  16. To upgrade your Y DNA results, make sure you FIRST log in to your FTDNA account that already contains your initial Y results from a swab. THEN order your upgrade by clicking on add ons & upgrades near the top right of your dashboard.

    If you try to purchase more Y DNA testing without logging in first, you will probably end up with two accounts and you will unnecessarily pay for and repeat testing that you have already completed.

  17. Websites and their resources Back to top
  18. There are three 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 jointprojects.dnagen.org 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.

    The Support Website

    A third site dnagen.org ("the support website") also not the property of FTDNA, holds supplementary pages to help you learn to navigate and set up your FTDNA account. It also hosts DNA tutorials that are shared with this project and several other projects.

    Any other Internet sites, forums, or social media groups, postings or pages claiming to be speaking for this FTDNA Y-DNA project (other than from the project administrators) are disavowed.

  19. DNA and Y DNA Testing Tutorial Back to top
  20. The tutorial 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 tutorial for an explanation of three basic types of DNA tests.

    Part II of the tutorial talks about the process of doing the Y DNA test).

    Part III of the tutorial goes into navigation of Y STR results as well as basic interpretation of those results. You'll learn concepts such as STR marker, SNP, and Genetic Distance.

    Part IV of the tutorial goes into detail about advanced Y SNP testing at FTDNA. If the tester can reswab if necessary, Big Y is the preferred advanced test.

  21. What other projects to join Back to top
  22. 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.

    FTDNA Account Setup and Navigation

  23. Set up Contact Information Back to top
  24. See external help: Set up contact information.

  25. Granting Access to the Administrators Back to top
  26. 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.

  27. Opt in to matching Back to top
  28. Normally when you send back your swab you sign a form allowing FTDNA to process your results and release them for matching. So you may not need to take further steps.

    See external help: Opt in to matching.

  29. Set up paternal ancestor Back to top
  30. See external help: Set Paternal Ancestor data.

  31. Share your Y results and paternal ancestral data with projects Back to top
  32. See external help: Share Your Y Results.

  33. Share your origins data with matches Back to top
  34. See external help: Share origins data with matches.

  35. Create, upload, share a family tree Back to top

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

  37. Maintain your surname list
  38. See external help: Maintain surname list.

    Advanced Level Participation

  39. Advanced (Active) Project Participation Back to top
  40. 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. This is considered Basic, or INACTIVE participation.

    You are an Advanced, ACTIVE Project Participant if you have taken the following KEY STEPS:

    • LIMITED access or better granted to the project administrator (normally DONE at project enrollment).

    • Opt In to DNA matching (normally DONE when you send your swab back by mail).

    • Profile and Contact Information are set up in a project-friendly manner.

    • Set up Earliest Known paternal ancestor.

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

    • Share Origins data with matches.

    • Share family tree with matches.

    • Sufficient testing in place of 111 markers.

    • Provide 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.

    • FINAL STEP: Provide the project administrator explicit written permission to publish your anonymized data (below).

  41. Written permission to publish anonymized data (ADVANCED PARTICIPATION) Back to top

  42. COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW into the body of your email to the project administrator to give permission to publish anonymized yDNA results, and origins, plus pedigree data on a dedicated page.

    Edit the last line to state your email publication preference. PLEASE allow for the publication of your contact email so that relatives can contact you directly. The project administrator is not an email forwarder !

    I want to participate at an advanced level and hearby grant permission to the Joint Surnames project administrator to publish my ANONYMIZED yDNA results (STR and SNP data), ancestral origins, and pedigree, 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 connolly.dnagen.org is NOT an FTDNA website.

    CHOOSE ONE: I DO / DO NOT want my email contact information published on my dedicated pedigree page.

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

    example: JOINT SURNAMES PROJECT kit #abcdef Data Publication Permission

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

    You may REVOKE permission by email at any time.

  43. Y Test Scholarships

  44. 100% free tests are not given away at DNA shows, talks or presentations because attendees typically are not prepared to participate in the project at the time of the event. Nor can the project administrator personally visit you to make you sure you swab properly and return the kit back to the lab in a timely and considerate manner.

    If Y37 seems too expensive, remember that the sale price drops to USD $99 during the year-end sale. Factoring in S&H, $2.20 set aside every week for a year will more than cover the cost of Y37.

    Scholarships are no longer offered on a project-wide basis, though the administrator may choose to selectively test eligible men prepared to participate when the opportunity arises.

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Prospective members who have any questions ABOUT THE PROJECT after reading the materials here should email Susan at hourihanedna @ pobox.com. If you expect your email to be seen and you want a reply, copy and paste the exact phrase JOINT SURNAMES PROJECT into the subject line of your email. Current project members need to add their FTDNA account number on the subject line. Emails must be BRIEF (300 words or less). Do NOT send attachments. Otherwise your email will be regarded as spam and you will not get a reply.