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 especially seek male Taylors for yDNA (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 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.Membership:
Taylor Family Genes is open to qualifying prospective members. We require a FTDNA test and at least one of the following:
- You bear the Taylor surname. OR
- You have a Taylor in your direct paternal or maternal lineage. OR
- You have a yDNA match (meeting project standards) with at least one Taylor. OR
- You believe that you may have a Taylor in your direct paternal lineage.
We ask, though, that you cooperate and take an active part. How much you benefit depends on how much you help yourself.
- 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.)
- Enter you Most Distant Ancestor information on your My FTDNA page provided (name, year & place of birth, year & place of death)
- Submit your Taylor lineage for sharing with those you match and/or publication on the project website; and
- Respond to communications from project administration and those with whom you match.
Recommendations: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.
- We recommend a Y-STR 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 need more than 37 markers.)
- We recommend communication among our members, especially those sharing genetic matches, and ongoing documentary genealogy to discover common ancestors.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- We recommend that members submit paternal lineage trees for publication on our website. (See below.)
- After reviewing your results, we may have more recommendations for your individual situation.
With TFG's team of several volunteer administrators to serve the project and its members, we are able to provide services that other projects can not. 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.