Wright Surname Y-DNA

Y-DNA, autosomal DNA, mtDNA - all Wright descendants welcome!
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About us

FTDNA BACKGROUND PAGE (Updated Oct. 9, 2019)


We are the Official Worldwide Wright DNA Project for ALL WRIGHTS.


Our objective is to use Y chromosome test samples to construct family groups and define lineages. These clusters are further refined using autosomal DNA test results and family trees provided by our members. We hope to match individuals who share common Wright ancestors and break through researchers’ brick walls.


We host three separate initiatives: (1) the FTDNA Wright Surname project here, (2) a Facebook forum to discuss FTDNA test results and Wright DNA - Genealogy at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WrightSurnameFTDNA/   (3) an Ancestor Project at GEDmatch: Wright DNA - Genealogy at https://www.gedmatch.com


[1] We recommend ALL MALE WRIGHTS take FTDNA's Y-37 test or greater. Y-67 and Y-111 levels of testing are better for determining matches within the very common haplogroup R-M269. If you have maternal Wright ancestors, try to locate a male Wright relative to take the Y-DNA test.


[2] We kindly request that Wright Project Members submit your direct line PEDIGREE to your most distant verified Wright ancestor.  Please include your kit number and the URL to any online public family tree you maintain.

Email us with your pedigree to ftdna.wright@gmail.com


Most Distant Wright Ancestor b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

m. Spouse b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

- Descendant #1 b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

m. Spouse b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

- Descendant #2 b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

m. Spouse b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

- Descendant #3 b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

m. Spouse b. birth-date and location, d. death-date and location

As far down your family tree as you feel comfortable sharing.


[3] We wholeheartedly encourage ALL WRIGHT descendants, male and female, to take autosomal DNA tests (such as FTDNA’s Family Finder). 


[4] RECOMMENDED SETTINGS for your FTDNA Profile.

Look for the Account Settings gear icon under your name and kit number:


1) Optimize GENEALOGY

- Step 1: Select the top tab “Genealogy”

- Step 2: Enter your verifiable, earliest known Wright ancestor in the space provided for Paternal ancestry. 

- Step 3: Scroll down and click SAVE


2) Optimize your PRIVACY

- Step 1: Select the top tab “Privacy & Sharing”

- Step 2: Toggle “on” the button “Opt in to Matching”

- Step 3: Set “Match Levels” to “All Levels”

- Step 4: Family Tree Sharing can be set to “Only Matches” 


3) Optimize your PROJECT settings

- Step 1: Select the tab “Project Preferences”

- Step 2: You will see the WRIGHT project name (if you have joined) and a list of our administrators. Click on the pencil icon. 

- Step 3: On the pop up screen, you are given a choice about the level of administrator access to your account. We recommend “Limited” for all administrators.

- Step 4: Don’t forget to click “Accept Project Preferences” at the bottom.

- Step 5: Opt in to Sharing which allows Group Administrators to publish your pseudonymized DNA results. This means your name is anonymous but your test results and earliest known Wright ancestor are publicly displayed on our Y-DNA matrix. http://tinyurl.com/hrf5rrh


4) Name a backup BENEFICIARY of your DNA test results. 

- Step 1: Select the tab “Account Information”, then choose “Beneficiary Information”

- Step 2: Fill in the form


OUR PROJECT IS HAPPY TO ACCEPT YOUR DONATIONS.

Contact us for further instructions




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.