Identifying family relationships through DNA.
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1. How can someone join this project?

Are you new to Family Tree DNA and have not taken a DNA test?

  • Create a free Family Tree DNA account: 
  • 1. Click the UPLOAD DNA DATA link at the top of this page and complete the form. (Note: You will not be required to upload anything.)
  • 2. This will generate an email to your Inbox that includes a login/account number and a password.
  • 3. Use that account number and password to login to your new FTDNA account.
  • 4. Then, from your Dashboard:
    • choose "myPROJECTS"
    • select "Join a Project"
    • search for Sansbury or Sainsbury (either name)
    • click on the project
    • click the orange "Join" button.
  • You can join us whether or not you have done any DNA testing. 

Did you take a DNA test with another company like Ancestry? 

  • If you already tested with Ancestry or MyHeritage click the UPLOAD DNA DATA link at the top of this page
  • Create a free Family Tree DNA account.
  • Then follow the instructions to upload your raw DNA data file from the other company.
  • After uploading your raw DNA file from another company, go to your main dashboard in Family Tree DNA, choose "myPROJECTS" and select "Join a Project." Then search for Sansbury or Sainsbury (either name), click on the project, and then click the orange "Join" button.
  • Note: Not all raw DNA files are transferrable. To see exactly which files may be transferred to Family Tree DNA, see: Autosomal Transfers.

Do you already have a Family Tree DNA account? 

2. When I join the project, will I have to maintain another family tree on this site?

No. If you already have a family tree on another site (e.g., Ancestry) just use your Family Tree DNA tree (called myFamilyTree) for a 5 or 6 generation pedigree. Only include direct ancestors. That information won't change, so you won't need to maintain it. Family Tree DNA also has a tool called Ancestral Names. We strongly encourage you to use that tool to enter all your ancestral surnames, so your matches can find you by any of your direct ancestors' surnames.

Here is Family Tree DNA's help page about myFamilyTree:

3. Is there a list of all group members and their contact information?

Unfortunately, no. Family Tree DNA only makes this information available to project administrators and co-administrators. But there are ways to find out about other members:

  1. We maintain a map of members' first names and their locations. (Go to the About link on the left, then choose the Results tab to get to this map.)
  2. We encourage you to introduce yourself and your research interests on our Activity Feed. This is a secure forum for members only.
  3. If you have an interest in a particular family line, a project administrator or co-administrator can put you in touch with other members with the same interest. Just contact one of us using the email links on the left-hand side of this page.

4. What is the General Fund?

This fund contains the generous donations of members and non-members to support genetic research into our surname lines.

These funds can be used to purchase or offset the cost of Family Tree DNA kits and upgrades. Use of the funds is at the discretion of project administrators. In general, they are used to extend a sale price for the purchase of new kits or upgrades between Family Tree DNA’s sale periods.

Please email the project administrator or co-administrator for more information. A project administrator must initiate a purchase from the General Fund for an approved request; the customer then pays the balance.

5. What will happen after my cheek swap sample is received?

Once Family Tree DNA receives the sample, they convert it to a series of letters that form a unique pattern. When they find other men with parts of the same pattern, those men are shown as your matches. At some point in the near or distant past, you and your matches shared a patrilineal ancestor from who you both inherited your Y chromosome. We never know before the test results are posted if your Sainsbury line will match one of our existing lines or not. If it does, then it will improve our understanding of that particular line. If it doesn’t, then we’ve found a new line! Either way, it helps with the broader Sainsbury research.

6. What will the Sainsbury project do with this information? And who will have access to the result?

What we as project administrators will do with the information is to sort your test into an existing group or create a new one, depending on what the results show. This link will take you to the results as they appear on the group’s public page: DNA Results: Colorized Chart. Note the tests are anonymized because they are listed only by kit number and the surname of the test-taker. Your full name does not appear. The public and other project members cannot see names; group administrators are the only ones who can identify which test belongs to whom.