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About us

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Pursey one-name study.  You can learn more about the research so far, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site at:

Or, feel free to contact the Project Administrator:

The different types of test

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time.  You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown.  (If you believe there is a Pursey or variant in your direct male line - although you have a different surname - you are also welcome to participate.)  If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree.

We encourage males to order a Y-DNA test for 37 markers, if possible.  If you order a test for fewer markers, you can upgrade later - though this costs a little more.

Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time.  Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on.   To explore your direct female line, you would order a mtDNA  test.  For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Full Sequence test.

Family Finder
To find matches across all branches of your family tree, you want to order Family Finder, which is an autosomal DNA test.  To maximize the benefit of this test, researching all branches of your family tree back 4-5 generations is valuable.  This test works for both males and females.

The results of the Y DNA, mtDNA, and Family Finder tests will show no personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.

We have also established a General Fund which can accept donations in any currency via credit card. These funds will be held at the testing company and used to help sponsor test kits for participants who might hold the key to helping to unlock important information or make connections which might not otherwise be achieved.

If you can, please do consider donating by clicking on the link "To donate to the general fund please click here" specifying "Pursey Project General Fund" in the top box of the Donation form.

Join us in making discoveries - order your test kit today.  Click Join Request in the menu bar above.