The Reference page provides additional guidance beyond our GAP Guidelines on best practices for managing a group project.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Join Requests?

Many group project administrators require Join Requests because they like to screen prospective project [...]

On the GAP Project Profile page, what is the Allow order without join request option?

The Allow order without join request option allows you to decide if prospective project [...]

On the GAP Project Profile page, what is the join code? What is the join link?

The group join code is the ID number that is assigned to your group. [...]

On the GAP Project Profile page, what should I enter for the Website? Where do I set up a group project website?

The Website should be the URL for your group project. This is usually the [...]

On the GAP Project Profile page, what should I enter for the Description?

The Description should be something that briefly describes the scope of your group project [...]

On the GAP Project Profile page, what should I enter for the Project Name?

The Project Name should be something that briefly and clearly describes your project.
For [...]

What is the Project Profile page? What should I put on the Project Profile page?

The Project Profile page is the description page for your project. You should include [...]

When are kits sent to the lab?

Paid kits are transferred to the lab on Wednesdays. The following Thursday, pending result [...]

Why are there kits listed on the Pending Shipment to Lab page of my Group Administration Page (GAP)?

Kits that are received in our offices are sent once a week to the [...]

If I order multiple kits at once, whose names will appear on the kit?

In each kit sent in a multiple kit order, Family Tree DNA includes a [...]

If I order multiple kits, do I have to pay for them all at once?

Multiple kits do not have to be paid when the order is placed. You [...]

I do not wish to pay for the test, but the bill should not go with the kit. How do I bill a third party?

During the order process, you will be given the option of entering a separate [...]

What happens when I am ready to retire as Group Administrator?

When you are ready to retire as the group’s administrator, if you have co-administrators, [...]

Who can start a Family Finder Project?

Any family historian or genealogist can start a Family Finder project.

What is the difference between a Surname Project and a Family Finder Project?

In a Surname Project, the common link between participants is their surname. In a [...]

What is a Family Finder Project?

A Family Finder Project uses DNA to trace descendants of a single ancestor or ancestral couple. [...]

What is the Group Administration Page (GAP)?

The Group Administration Pages (GAP) are the web accounts of Family Tree DNA Project Administrators [...]