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As of July 2008, we have had 263 tests performed by FTDNA and another 25 performed by Relative Genetics, totaling 288 PAYNES who have been tested from around the world. As a result, many PAYNE Lineages have been defined that have helped us to unravel our genealogical questions, proving relationships that we previously thought did not exist and discrediting relationships we previously thought did exist.

We have also made FTDNA's results chart available to the public which can be viewed by clicking on the "Y RESULTS" button in the navigration menu at the top of this page. This results chart contains all of our participants who have been tested by FTDNA. However, it DOES NOT include the 25 Relative Genetics participants we have. If you are interested in the results of that testing, you can view it at

The Relative Genetics participants are easily identified on the chart by their Kit #, which is always "945" followed by a letter, such as "A", "B", "C", etc... By taking note of the Lineage that the participant of interest belongs to, you can easily place them into the same Lineage that is defined on the FTDNA results chart.

There is hope that a new co-administrator has stepped forward who is willing to maintain a separate chart (as we did before) that combines both set of test results. Until that time, it will be necessary to compare the two charts as described in the previous paragraph and in the "Project Results" section of this page.

We continue to hold out hope that members of the Suffolk, England / Ipswich & Boston, Massachusetts family will surface for testing. They descend from William PAYNE (d. 1660) of Boston and Ipswich, Mass. Descendants of this line are crucial to our project as their results could confirm the genealogical evidence that they and the earliest known Virginia family (John Payne who died ca. 1690) were related. I believe that I have found record evidence that confirms family tradition that John of Virginia was a member of the Huntingdonshire, England, family. If this is correct then the DNA of these two lines should be a close match as I am confident that the record evidence shows that the Huntingdonshire and Suffolk lines were cousins. Testees from both lines are therefore desired to help us solve this important Payne family mystery.

If you are a male Payne (or you know any), I encourage you to consider having this test performed to determine where your family fits into the Payne genetic family tree!