Goals and Guidelines
The basic goal of the Jackson Project is to create a database of as many Jackson lineages as possible whether the person tested with YDNA, mtDNA or Family Finder. Matching others who have tested can give you a possible distant cousin who may know more about your own line and open further possibilities for further research. This is easiest with YDNA and FamilyFinder results as long as an ahnentafel (ancestral upline) has been provided.
About ten percent of the men tested will find that the surname they have been raised with is genetically different. A member raised as a Jackson may match a different surname or a man may have a name different from Jackson but may be a genetic match to Jackson. The reasons for this usually surprising information are many but DNA can help a member begin to sort things out.