Wright Y-DNA

For male Wrights, but atDNA/mtDNA encouraged with full pedigrees.
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About us

We are the Official Worldwide Wright DNA Project for ALL Wrights including surname variations like: Right, Rite, Wrightson, Wryghte, etc.
We host four separate initiatives: (1) an FTDNA Y-DNA group, (2) a Facebook group, (3) our own private web site, www.Wright-DNA.org, and (4) a new pedigree browser site.

This effort is first and foremost a Y-DNA project for matching purposes.

But, we welcome *ALL* Y-DNA, Autosomal DNA, mtDNA testers, Adoptees, NPE's, anyone that suspects direct relation to a Wright ancestor.
For anyone that joins us, there are a couple things we recommend to make the most of your experience.
[1] **CRITICAL** (for all our Wright project members) PLEASE GET US YOUR DIRECT LINE PEDIGREE(S) TO YOUR WRIGHT ANCESTORS.

(our email: ftdna.wright@gmail.com)

Here's the sample format of what we're looking for:


Your FTDNA kit ID: (******)

- Your Wright MDA (Most Distant Wright Ancestor) b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
m. Spouse of your Wright MDA b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
- Son of your Wright MDA b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
m. Spouse of the son of your Wright MDA b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
- [...] b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
m. [...] b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location
- Father/mother of your Test taker b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location (or living)
m. Mother/father of your Test taker b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location (or living)
- Test taker b. birth-date birth-location, d. death-date death-location (or living)

GedMatch id(s): (if you have any)
Urls to any online trees: (if you have any)

There are lots of examples here: http://wright-ftdna.appspot.com/#/pedigrees

If you happen to have an online tree, please send us that URL, -- your research is an important part of this project and will enrich our project. Or you can also post your tree information inside your FamilyTreeDNA profile. To do that, Login to your kit and then -- go here: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/family-tree#mode=0 (and click "Upload GEDCOM").

If you are unhappy for whatever reason with a pedigree that we've posted, please let us know *immediately* and we will immediately work on your concerns. Similarly, if you tell us *NOT* to post a pedigree, we're only too happy to comply with your wishes in this regard too.

If we have your pedigree posted, it's *assumed* we have your consent. Our project will at times try to figure out pedigrees of our project members and post them too. But we never post information as it concerns living family members or their vitals.

Pedigree accumulation is an incredibly time-consuming task. We are volunteers. We don't have unlimited time. Please make it easier for our project and help us to to help you!
[2] WE RECOMMEND THAT EACH SEPARATE FAMILY THAT CONTACTS US HAVE AT LEAST ONE MALE WRIGHT TAKING FTDNA's Y37 TEST (OR BETTER ie: Y67, Y111).

The Y37 test -- for our project -- is by far the most important test we need. (These type of tests can detect matches that you share with other paternal line cousins to ancestry you share - up to 500 years ago!)

If you're not a male Wright, but you can find one in your family -- we highly recommend that you get that person tested with at least a Y37. FTDNA runs sales at different times of the year - often around the holidays. At other times, one of the best programs we've seen to take this test is here: http://www.familytreedna.com/dar

We use these Y37+ tests to determine family groupings in our STR Matrix -- which you can see here:

https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Wright/default.aspx?section=yresults

We highly recommend that our members contact all their 1-3 genetic distance matches at the Y37 level -- regardless of whether they have Wright surname or not. We recommend comparing pedigrees with them.

https://www.familytreedna.com/learn/y-dna-testing/y-str/expected-relationship-match/

We also highly recommend that our members attempt to join other FTDNA surname groups if they are matching people with those other names (again, genetic distance 1-3 at Y37).

Similarly, we also encourage our members to ask their non-Wright Y-DNA matches to join our group as well. The reason: so we can assess their STR markers and compare them yours and anyone else you might be matching.

Lastly, for ultra close Y-DNA matches (ie: 0-1 genetic distance at Y37), we also encourage our members to compare autosomal DNA results (including GedMatch).
[3] WE ENCOURAGE ALL WRIGHT DESCENDANTS, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, TO DO ONE FORM OF AUTOSOMAL DNA TESTING. (ie: FTDNA's autosomal DNA product is "Family Finder") WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO FILE THOSE RESULTS WITH GEDMATCH AND GET THE RESULTING GEDMATCH ID TO OUR PROJECT.

Autosomal DNA results are useful for checking matches across *all* your ancestry lines -- typically up to 5-6 generations ago to common ancestry you share with other testers.

(again, our email: ftdna.wright@gmail.com).

Here's how you can transfer FTDNA's Family Finder results to GedMatch:


For FTDNA FamilyFinder, you need to logon to the account where you have the FTDNA data you'd like to share with GedMatch. Go into the Dashboard area. Then look for the Family Finder section there and the "Download Raw Data" link. Click the link and you will see six more links on the following page: Build 37 Autosomal Data, Build 36 Autosomal Data, Build 37 X Chromosome Data, Build 36 X Chromosome Data, Build 37 Raw Data Concatenated, Build 36 Raw Data Concatenated. We only need the “Build 36 Raw Data Concatenated” (and not anything else). So click that one. Now go to gedmatch.com. If you don't already have an account on the GedMatch website, you need to register. To register, you need to fill out their registration form; they'll send you an email that proves you have a valid email, and then you can login. Once you are able to login to GedMatch, you can import your FTDNA FF 36 Data Concatenated you have on your computer by clicking the “FTDNA concatenated DNA File” link under "Raw DNA file Uploads". You fill out the resulting form; it's important that you make your data available for pubic comparison and set the gender of the tester’s data properly here. You must also obviously upload your "Build 36 Raw Data Concatenated" file that you previously downloaded. And if all the other fields are complete, then click upload. You may need to wait a bit for the results to upload and process. Assuming you did everything correctly, these are the essential steps for pushing your FTDNA FF results to GedMatch and creating a new GedMatch id. Make sure you share your GedMatch id with the Wright FB group - so we know how to compare you to our other members.

GedMatch supports other autosomal DNA testing vendors too. Please contact us if you have questions about that.

There are number of great videos out there on how to use GedMatch. Here is a good example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acGJmLlsWg4

Autosomal DNA testing is particularly good at finding matches going back 5 generations to ancestry you share with other people. For these reason, it's particularly crucial to get the oldest people in your family tested -- again, that trace their from Wright ancestors. Furthermore, Autosomal DNA testing yields additional benefits, the more people you test. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Here is how you can check for Autosomal DNA matches among other FTDNA Wright project members.

- Step 1: login to your kit
- Step 2: go here: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/advanced-matches.aspx
- Step 3: select the "Family Finder" checkbox
- Step 4: choose "Wright" for "Show Matches For:"
- Step 5: click "Run Report"

We encourage folks that have tested with AncestryDNA or 23andMe to transfer their results to FTDNA for a small fee as well:

https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transfer
[4] IF YOU ARE A SERIOUS RESEARCHER AND HAVE WRIGHT ANCESTRY, WE *HIGHLY* RECOMMEND THAT YOU JOIN OUR WRIGHT GENEALOGY FACEBOOK GROUP.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WrightSurnameFTDNA/

We have hundreds of savvy Wright researchers in this group already. Many of which are members of our FTDNA project. No question is too silly for our group. We're happy to assess your results, give ideas on how to research and interpret your DNA results, explain the difference between STR's and SNP's, help you understand your haplotree, give advice about sales/costs/services of different services/products/sites out there, etc.

We're also happy to check our known Wright-specific pedigrees (over 300+) and give you feedback on any possible connections your family line might have with what we already know.

http://wright-ftdna.appspot.com/#/pedigrees
[5] IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING US AS A CO-ADMIN REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUR FAMILY GROUP, *PLEASE* CONTACT US.

Being an FTDNA Wright Admin is one of the best ways to learn more about FTDNA's products, understand their results, and how to conduct better DNA research for your specific Wright family group.
[6] ANOTHER THIRD PARTY SITE, WE PARTICULARLY LIKE IS WIKITREE. WE HAVE A WRIGHT SURNAME STUDY THERE:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Wright_Name_Study

WikiTree is a great site because it's absolutely free! Your ancestor profiles show up with high rankings in search engine search results. It's a single tree system where you have to collaborate with your cousins. And it has DNA result hooks. We highly recommend it.

If you have any questions about its use, how to get involved with our WikiTree Wright surname project, please just ask.
[7] OUR PROJECT HAS SOME RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO SET UP YOUR PROFILE AND PRIVACY SETTINGS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

They are:

1) Optimize your privacy settings; great article on this topic here: http://dna-explained.com/2015/07/27/family-tree-dna-new-privacy-settings/
- Step 1: Login to your kit
- Step 2: Go here: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/privacy-sharing.aspx
- Step 3: Set "Anyone" for "Who can view my DNA results in group projects?"
- Step 4: Set "Project Members" for "Who can view my Most Distant Ancestor?"

2) Fill in your Paternal Line MDA
- Step 1: Login to your kit
- Step 2: Go here: https://www.familytreedna.com/my/genealogy.aspx
- Step 3: Choose "Most Distant Ancestors" tab
- Step 4: Set your Direct Paternal Most Distant Ancestor

Note: suggested syntax: "First.Name Last.Name (Year.of.Birth-Year.of.Death) b.Place-born d.Place-died"
Note: as it concerns country of origin, only set the country that you absolutely know to be true for your stated MDA

3) FTDNA Wright project as a possible beneficiary/admin of your kit -- if for whatever reason, you would like the FTDNA Wright project to have admin control over your tester's further DNA analysis, upkeep, upgrades, etc. -- Please send an email to ftdna.wright@gmail.com and say: "I would like the Wright FTDNA project to have authorization over my test kit (******). My password is (******).

This can be useful in situations where the tester is deceased. Or there isn't a logical beneficiary to hand administrative control to.

With this sort of process in place, the project has the ability to extend the research of your family group in the future when new technologies come about, etc.
[8] OUR PROJECT IS HAPPY TO ACCEPT YOUR DONATIONS.

We generally use funds for Y37 tests -- for those without financial means to pay on their own. However, special requests can be made too. Contact us for further details.

https://www.familytreedna.com/group-general-fund-contribution.aspx?g=Wright

IMPORTANT LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Our project, its members, and administrators have no expertise in genetic studies and have not independently verified the claims of Family Tree DNA, so do not take responsibility for any results or disclosures of private information that may arise as a result of participation in this project. Participation is welcome, but strictly voluntary and each participant should satisfy himself as to issues of reliability and confidentiality, as neither this group (Wright Y-DNA) nor the administrators of this project are making any representations or assurances.