How many projects can I join?

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We do not restrict the number of projects a customer can join, however, it [...]

How do I contribute to a group project’s general fund?

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Anyone may contribute to a group project’s general fund. To do so:

Go to the [...]

How do I start a group project?

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If you would like to start a group project, please fill out the project [...]

How can I participate in a project?

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If you have not tested before, select the project you wish to join, either [...]

How does project participation affect my privacy?

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Joining a project does expose some identifying information about you to the project volunteer [...]

Will participating in a project limit my matches? Will I still be able to match against the entire database?

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Project participation will not automatically limit your ability to discover matches in the entire [...]

Why should I participate in a project?

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Projects are designed to help individuals who may have similar ancestry connect with one [...]

Why am I being asked to fill out a Join Request?

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The administrator has chosen to require approval for participation in the group project. You [...]

What if my surname or region is not listed?

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As people moved from place to place, surnames evolved into different spellings. When searching [...]

What happens to my results if I decide to leave a project?

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Your results are not affected by project participation or by the decision not to [...]

I’ve already tested. How do I join or remove myself from a project?

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Once your results are posted online, you will be able to join or remove [...]

What is the cost to join or test in a project?

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There is no cost to join a project. In fact, there is a group [...]

Who are the Group Administrators of projects?

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The Family Tree DNA group administrators are unpaid volunteers who have an interest in the [...]

What is a Haplogroup Project?

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Family Tree DNA’s Haplogroup Projects provide a place for individuals with the same haplogroup [...]

What is a Maternal (mtDNA) Lineage Project?

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Maternal (mtDNA) Lineage Projects are for those who wish to prove a connection to [...]

What is a Geographic Project?

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A Geographic Project connects individuals whose direct line comes from a specific location. The [...]

What is a Surname Project?

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A Surname Project studies the different Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) lineages associated with a surname [...]

What are Family Tree DNA group projects? Do you charge money to run or belong to one?

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At Family Tree DNA, our group projects are for genealogy and history fans. They [...]

What is a group project?

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Group projects are an opportunity to work with others to explore your genetic heritage. [...]