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About us

The Taylor Family Genes Project -- with more than 1,200 members -- is the largest and best Taylor surname DNA project offered by any DNA testing company. For a common, multi-origin surname like Taylor, database size matters; it increases your chances of finding a match within the project. Having begun in late 2003, we have members with various DNA tests and are growing daily. Among our >600 members with more than 12 markers of Y-DNA results, we have identified ~118 Taylor genetic families and more than 250 unique haplotypes (individual family lines).

Taylor Family Genes Project 
(TFG) is an extension of your genealogy studies. The new field of genetic genealogy supplements traditional documentary research and helps to overcome brick walls and false leads. DNA testing is now a proven  tool for genealogists and can connect Taylors world wide.  Be a pioneer of genealogy's future, secure and share your DNA for history. 

We are especially focused on yDNa and seek male Taylors for ySTR testing. If you are interested in joining please order the DNA sample kit from
 https://familytreedna.com. (Click "Join Request" on the top menu.) We are a DNA project; to join, you must have DNA results in the FTDNA database or order a FTDNA test. And, we are a surname project; our emphasis is on yDNA which follows paternal lineages. 

We urge you to read our privacy policy before joining. It is at www.TaylorFamilyGenes.info/privacy.shtml, and says what we publish and/or share. By joining, you agree to its terms. Also, read the FTDNA "Terms of Service" and "Group Project Participation Consent."

We respect members' privacy and take steps to protect it. Yet, you can not genetically match another without that person also matching you. Genetic genealogy is a mutual and reciprocal endeavor, a team effort; it can NOT be conducted in anonymity. 

Because there’s been some misunderstanding on this key aspect, we need to point out that willingness to share one's own genetic and genealogical information is an essential requirement for seeing others’ information. If those who match you can’t see you, you can’t see them. You can't "fly solo" in this undertaking. 

Taylor Family Genes is open to qualifying prospective members. We require a FTDNA test and at least one of the following: 
  1. You bear the Taylor surname. OR
  2. You have a Taylor in your direct paternal or maternal lineage. OR
  3. You have a yDNA match meeting project standards with at least one Taylor.  OR
  4. You believe that you may have a Taylor in your direct paternal lineage. 
Please use the Join Request link above or write to the project administrator (rt-sails /at/ comcast.net). Though we focus on Taylor-surname lines, we have members who may be biological Taylors but do not carry the surname, and others named Taylor whose ancestors may have had other names.


How much you benefit from your project membership depends largely on your participation. We ask that you cooperate and take an active part. 

  1. Provide an e-mail address for contact and keep it current, (You may wish to designate a beneficiary for your account when you are no longer able to actively manage it.) 
  2. Enter you Most Distant Ancestor information on your My FTDNA page provided (name, year & place of birth, year & place of death) 
  3. Submit your Taylor lineage for sharing with those you match and/or publication on the project website;  and 
  4. Respond to communications from project administration and those with whom you match  
  5. Grant admins at least"Limited"  access to your FTDNA account. This allows them to help you better by seeing what you can see. 


With the use of DNA testing, we hope you can get past brick walls and create crossroads with traditional paper trail genealogical records, connecting with others of similar DNA results. Be a pioneer of the future, secure and share your DNA for history.

  1. We recommend a ySTR test of 37 or more markers in order to establish genealogically significant genetic matches. Lesser tests contain less genetic information, carry less confidence and are less precise. (Some members will need more than 37 markers to resolve ambiguities.)
  2. We recommend communication among our members, especially those sharing genetic matches, and ongoing documentary genealogy to discover common ancestors. 
  3. We recommend that members keep e-mail addresses current and unblocked to us and FTDNA so that we may communicate with you. Matches may take time (possibly, years) to develop, as new members join. (If you use an "approved list" to control spam, add us to it.)
  4. We recommend that members use their My FTDNA pages to enter their earliest known (most distant) maternal and paternal ancestors. Include given names, birth & death dates, and birth & death places so that the ancestor is uniquely identified. ("Mr. Taylor" doesn't cut it.)
  5. In order for the project admin team to help you, we recommend that your grant them at least "Limited" access to your FTDNA account; this is, basically, a :Look but don't touch" setting. 
  6. We recommend that members submit paternal lineage trees for publication on our website. (See below.) 
  7. After reviewing your results, we may have more recommendations for your individual situation. 
With TFG's team of volunteer administrators to serve the project and its members, we aim to provide a wide range of services. As examples: 
  • We publish this site you're viewing now, www.familytreedna.com/public/taylorfamilygenes with basic information and test results;
  • We publish a newsletter in the form of a blog at http://taylortopicsdna.blogspot.com;
  • We publish another, separate website at www.TaylorFamilyGenes.info for information which doesn't fit into this format, including lineage trees; 
  • We actively look for matches for you and follow up on matches, interpreting their genealogical significance.
  • We e-mail periodic project status and performance updates to all members.
The Taylor Family Genes Project represents an extension of your genealogy studies. The new field of genetic genealogy is a supplement to traditional documentary research and may help to overcome brick walls and false leads. DNA testing is now a proven  tool for genealogists and can provide a means of connecting Taylor's world wide.  Become a pioneer of the future, secure and share your DNA for history. For more information contact the project group administrators: Ralph Taylor, rt-sails at comcast.net, or Josh Taylor.