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The Greater Nordic Regional Y-DNA Project

A genetic genealogy community and collaboration
  • 3696 members

Code of Conduct

Project Purpose

The Scandinavian Y-DNA project exists:
  • For the benefit of all project members.
  • To help members understand their results.
  • To advance research.
It is not for commercial or personal gain by the Project Leadership Team or others.
  • Membership in the project is FREE --though the DNA tests are not.
  • We do not charge for our interpretation.
The project is an open project. Research findings are published through the ISOGG Y-Tree, ISOGG YBrowse, open journals, and public blog spaces.

Project Membership

The project is open to all Family Tree DNA clients who meet one of these qualifications:
  • Have a direct paternal line from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland.
  • Have Y-DNA results that indicate they may be part of Greater Scandinavia due to migrations into and out of Scandinavia.
If this describes your kit or a kit that you have proxy rights for, you may join by following this link and filling in your kit number and password. You do not need to order a new kit. By joining the Scandinavian Y-DNA Project, you agree to this Code of Conduct and the Privacy Policy within it. If you do not agree, your recourse is to leave the project.

Project Leadership Team

The Scandinavian Y-DNA project is run by a team of administrators, co-administrators, and advisers. Nobody on the team receives compensation from Family Tree DNA for their work. That is, we are unpaid volunteers.

Project Guests & Results Access

Project members’ results with their consent are shown on the project website. However, they maintain full ownership of those results. By accessing results, you agree:
  • Project members' privacy must be maintained.
  • Racism and xenophobia will not be tolerated.
  • The project access does not permit for profit use.
  • Do not use it for paid interpretation services.
  • Do not use it to recruit clients.
  • Clear use and attribution in publication.
  • In publications and blog posts the project must be cited as a source.
  • The researcher will make it clear that they are a guest to the project.
  • Project results must never be used for medical or forensic research.

Project Privacy Policy

In addition to the Family Tree DNA Administrator's Guidelines, the project shall:
  • Get Informed Consent from project members before allowing their results to be used outside of the project.
  • Inform all project members of policy changes.

Project Communications

The project has three main communication methods. The project periodically publishes newsletters through the website. The sending email for the newsletters is

The project leadership team believes that positive communication is part of building a strong project. Positive collaborative communication is expected from all members of the team and all project members. Specifically:

  • Be gentle with each other. Be kind to yourself. Be compassionate to all.
  • There are no stupid or bad questions. If you want to know, surely others do too. Ask!
  • Don't post content in group forums that will have to be removed. This includes, company bashing, people bashing, SPAM, profanity, the names of living people without their permission, and anything that violates the productive community standards.

Project Results Display

Project results are displayed on the project's web page to project members, the project leadership team, and our approved guests (see above). This is an example of Y-DNA STR Results.

Y-STR Results Example

Y-STR Results Example (not real names).

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Name), the ancestor information, the haplogroup, and Y-STR results. This is an example of Y-DNA SNP Results.

Y-SNP Results Example
Y-SNP Results Example (not real names).

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Last Name), the ancestor information, the haplogroup, and Y-SNP results. This is an example of the Results Map.

Map Results Example (not real names)
Map Results Example (not real names).

Information includes the kit number, the surname (Last Name), the ancestor information, and the haplogroup.