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About us

The Sawyer DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today!

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related.  As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname.

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Sawyer one-name study.  You can learn more about this significant research, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, or contacting the Project Administrator.



The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time.  You must have been born male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown.  If you believe there is a Sawyer or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate.  If you were born 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 at least 67 markers, or if possible please order the Big Y-700.  The Big Y-700 provides the most useful information for the study.  If you order less 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.

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 DNA tests mentioned, Y DNA, mtDNA, and Family Finder, contain no personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related.  This is an opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.

We have also established a General Fund, to 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 those key males who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of participation in the project. We encourage you to make a donation. To make a donation please click on the button to the left. If you decide to donate, please make sure "Sawyer" is selected in the box on the donation form.

Join us in making discoveries - order your test kit today.  Click the Join button above.