The Greater Nordic Regional Y-DNA Project

A genetic genealogy community and collaboration
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Launched in 2003, the Scandinavian Y-DNA Project brings together people from Greater Scandinavia to explore the population history of North Western Europe using Y-DNA. The project is a geographic project. We encourage members to also join appropriate local geographic projects, haplogroups projects, and lineage projects.

Which Projects?

To get the most out of your DNA test results, you should join multiple projects. Different projects will give you different perspectives about your ancestry. Since one can normally not rely on hereditary surnames in the Nordic countries, matching and Y-DNA genealogy can not be based on having names in common. Geographical projects are therefore of much better use. 

  • Haplogroup Projects: You should always join the different projects for your haplogroup, whether confirmed or predicted. Haplogroup projects are often the best source of information about which upgrades might help your search. They also give you perspective on your ancient ancestry.

  • Geographic Projects: You should always join a geographic project, if you know your ancestors' European origins. The Scandinavian project is a geographic project. When you join the Scandinavian project you should also join the country project for your specific ancestry, if you know it. For Nordic families geographic projects give you the best chance to find your distant relatives.

  • Surname & Family Projects: Surname projects are useful for families that adopted hereditary surnames between 1100 and 1400. Most Nordic families did not adopt hereditary last names until relatively late, so surname projects have limited value for them. However, if you have an old surname a surname project might be useful.

  • Related Projects: Related projects focus on different ethnic and cultural groups. These projects can give you other perspectives about your ancestry. Consider joining those that are relevant to your family.

  • Special Note: If your earliest known male line ancestor did not live in a Nordic country but you are curious about a possible Nordic origin, you are welcome to join the Scandinavian project but you might get more benefit from joining one of the related projects, such as the Viking project. 

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Y-DNA Haplogroup Projects

Y-DNA Haplogroup Projects are recommended in addition to geographic projects. All members, and especially those who also wish to explore their deeper ancestry (beyond genealogy and historical sources), are encouraged to join their relevant Y-haplogroup projects.

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