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Sponsored DNA tests and partially-sponsored DNA tests are available to RUSSELL Project members.  If you believe you qualify for a Sponsorship but are not yet a member of the Russell Project, please email your request for sponsorship, including necessary supporting information, to a Russell Project Administrator.  Accepting a Sponsorship confirms your agreement to be a member of the Russell Project.  Unless stated otherwise, for non-members to be eligible for any fully-sponsored test, your surname must be Russell (or similar spelling) or you must be a y-DNA match to a current member of the Russell Project.  (Details vary by sponsorship.)  These Sponsorships are in addition to any sale price which Family Tree DNA may offer.

Here's an excellent article describing the benefits of sponsorship by someone who has successfully broken through several brick walls:
https://ggi2013.blogspot.com/2020/02/using-sponsored-dna-tests-to-break.html

Funding for sponsored tests is provided by private donors to the RUSSELL Project.  Sponsorships change as some are awarded and new ones are added, so check back often!

Currently Available Sponsorships

Fully-sponsored (free) y-DNA-37 tests are available as follows:

  • Russell descendant of Abraham Russell (1809-1869, Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland)**
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided in Allegany County, Maryland in the early 1800s**
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who lives in or previously lived in County Tipperary, Ireland**
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who lives in or previously lived in County Limerick, Ireland**
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland in the 1700s*
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided in Lanarkshire, Scotland in the 1700s and Testee is a resident of Australia, New Zealand, or Canada**
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided in the Scottish counties of Lanarkshire (or any county sharing a border with Lanarkshire) in the 1800s or earlier, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom**

Fully-sponsored (free) y-DNA-67 tests are available as follows:

  • Irish men with the surname of Russell from County Cork  (Note: One sponsorship provided; no additional sponsorships available at this time.)

Fully-sponsored (free) y-DNA-111 tests are available as follows:

  • Descendants of the following:
  • James Russell, b. abt 1733 in Onslow, North Carolina; d. abt 1810 in Darlington, South Carolina.**

Fully-sponsored (free) y-DNA test upgrades to y-DNA-111 are available as follows:

  • Any man who is a y-DNA-37 or higher match to a member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 03** 

Fully-sponsored (free) Big Y tests are available as follows:

  • Any documented Rossell (or similar spelling) male-line descendant of Peter Rossell born about 1700 in the colony of New York and died about 1782 in Baltimore, Maryland.* New
  • Any documented Rossell/Rosselle (or similar spelling) male-line descendant of Johnson Rosselle of Ohio.* New
  • Any Rossell/Rosselle/Russell (or similar spelling) member of the Russell Project in Haplogroup E1b1b1-Lineage 03.* New
  • Any male Rossel, Rozel, Roszel (or similar spelling) with Rossel or similar spelling ancestors who lived in Kentucky between 1790 and 1860.* New
  • Robert Thomas Russell Sponsorship.  Any documented Russell descendant of George Russell b. abt 1775 in Scotland and d. 28 Nov 1854 in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland. This sponsorship is donated in honor of Robert Thomas Russell, Esq who has contributed tremendously to the Russell Project.*
  • Any documented Russell descendant of Martin Russell b. 1831 in County Clare, Ireland. *
  • Any documented Russell descendant of David Russell b abt 1764 in Scotland and married to Mary Greens b 1768 in Carnwath.*
  • Any Scottish male with the surname of Russell with documented Russell ancestry back to Lanarkshire (or any county sharing a border with Lanarkshire) in the 1700s.**


Fully-sponsored (free) y-DNA-37 tests with Possible Fully-sponsored (free) Upgrade to Big Y-700 tests are available as follows: New

  • Any Scottish, English, Northern Irish, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand man with the surname of Russell with documented Russell ancestry back to Lanarkshire in the 1800s or earlier.  Automatic upgrade to Big Y-700 included if y-DNA-37 test results in assignment to Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01.** New
  • Any documented Rosell/Rosselle (or similar spelling) male-line descendant with Rosell ancestors from Ohio or Kansas.  Automatic upgrade to Big Y-700 included if y-DNA-37 test results in assignment to Russell Project Haplogroup E1b1b1-Lineage 03.** New


Partially-sponsored y-DNA tests are available as follows:

  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided in at least one of the following designated Scottish counties in the 1700s, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $60 toward a y-DNA-37 test** [Designated Counties: Midlothian, West Lothian (previously Linlithgow), East Lothian (previously Haddington), Fife, Berwick, Peebles, Selkirk, Roxburgh, Dumfries, Ayr, Renfrew, Dunbarton, Stirling, Clackmannan, Kinross, Kirkcudbright, Wigtown] 
  • Russell descendant of a Russell male who resided anywhere in the United Kingdom in the 1700s, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $25 toward a y-DNA-37 test**

Partially-sponsored y-DNA test upgrades are available as follows:

  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $20 to upgrade from y-DNA-12 or y-DNA-25 to y-DNA-37**
  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $20 to upgrade from y-DNA-37 to y-DNA-67**
  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $50 to upgrade from y-DNA-37 to y-DNA-111**
  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $30 to upgrade from y-DNA-67 to y-DNA-111**

Partially-sponsored Big Y tests are available as follows:

  • Russell descendant of Abraham Russell (1809-1869, Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland) - USD $100 toward a Big Y test**
  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01 - USD $100 to upgrade to a Big Y test**
  • Any member of Russell Project Haplogroup R1b-Lineage 01, and Testee is a resident of the United Kingdom - USD $200 to upgrade to a Big Y test**




    *One Sponsorship available
  **Multiple Sponsorships available
Membership in Russell Project required for all sponsorships.



                        If you would like to sponsor or partially-sponsor a test, please contact a RUSSELL Project Administrator for details and to have your sponsored test displayed on this page.  Sponsorships are on a pledge basis.  No funds are required until the applicant has been approved.



Sponsorships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to Project Administrator approval.  Must provide documentation of your RUSSELL ancestry, as described in each Sponsorship offer.  Must be willing to share your RUSSELL ancestry and results with RUSSELL Project members and your genetic matches.  Limit one per family please.  Sponsorships are subject to cancellation without notice at any time prior to award. RUSSELL Project Administrators require advanced access to purchase sponsored tests and/or upgrades. To apply for a sponsorship, please contact a RUSSELL Project Administrator.




Tribute Donations

Donations made in memory or in honor of someone may be listed here.  The donor's name and/or amount will be included if requested.  Please contact a Administrator for details.