Jones Y-DNA

For male Joneses, but atDNA/mtDNA encouraged with full pedigrees.

About us

We are the Official Worldwide Jones DNA Project for ALL Joneses including surname variations like: John, Johnes, Ap Jones, etc. We host five separate initiatives: (1) an FTDNA Y-DNA group, (2) an FTDNA Autosomal group, (3) a Facebook group, (4) our own private web site,, which includes a pedigree browser, and (5) a new WikiTree one name study initiative.

The Y-DNA Jones Group

This group is first and foremost a Y-DNA project for matching purposes.

We are now allowing in autosomal descendants into this Y-DNA group...

PLEASE read entry requirements below this box for further details.

Question: Why are we doing this?
Answer: Because it’s possible to do autosomal match searching within a project. Because Jones pedigrees tied to autosomal matches can provide important clues to possibly solve lineage “brick walls”.

Question: How do I do “Jones project” specific autosomal match searching?
Answer: (step 1) login, (step 2) click “myFTDNA”, (step 3) click “Tools & Apps”, (step 4) click “Advanced Matching”, (step 5) select the “Family Finder” checkbox, (step 6) choose “Jones” for “Show Matches For:” select box, (step 7) click “Run Report”

For this Y-DNA group: our primary test-taking participant is:

  • MALE (females don't carry the Y-DNA we need for Y-DNA matching purposes)
  • descends in an unbroken male-to-male line from a Jones-surnamed male ancestor (including variant surnames).

We are NPE (non-paternal event) friendly though. This possibility means:

  • MALE
  • don’t have a Jones surname
  • taken at least a Y37 test
  • and with that Y37, see at least one JONES as a “related” match

If you are an autosomal DNA relation to a male Jones ancestor, you may join this project -- if:

  • You ALSO join our regular FTDNA Jones autosomal group.
  • You provide a full Jones pedigree starting with the test-taker and ending with your Jones MDA (most distant Jones ancestor). You can send your pedigree with your request or to The format should look something like this: an example Jones pedigree. (Note: our project excludes living people in any public facing materials)
  • You have taken a Family Finder test or converted your AncestryDNA or 23andMe testing to your FTDNA profile. (GedMatch is also encouraged)

If you comply with our autosomal DNA requirements (above), participants to this project may be either MALE or FEMALE.

Are you interested in joining our Y-DNA group? Here is how you can.

PLEASE READ before making a new join request:
Please include some background information (ie: birth year, birth location, how you are related) about your most distant paternal line Jones ancestor within your join request.

Have you already done an autosomal test outside of FTDNA? You may transfer your existing results so that you can compare your markers with our extensive database!

- Our Jones Y-DNA Chart
- Our colorized Jones Y-DNA Chart

Are you on Facebook? So are we!

(1) We recommend that all Y-DNA project members perform a Y37 test as a minimum. We need at least this test to establish which family group you fall into in our Y-DNA charts.
(2) We also recommend that all our project members file any autosomal test results they may have -- with GedMatch.
(3) PLEASE REMEMBER - all our Administrators are volunteers!
(4) DISCLAIMER: Our project, its members, and administrators have no expertise in genetic studies and has not independently verified the claims of Family Tree DNA, so do not take responsibility for any results or disclosures of private information that may arise as a result of participation in this project. Participation is welcome, but strictly voluntary and each participant should satisfy himself as to issues of reliability and confidentiality, as neither this group (Jones Y-DNA) nor the administrators of this project are making any representations or assurances.

Zak Jones and Jane Gilbert