Group projects are an opportunity to work with others to explore your genetic heritage. They are usually focused on a common geographic origin, surname, or ethnic heritage. They may also be based on some other aspect of a paternal or maternal lineage.

Family Tree DNA encourages customers’ participation in lineage and geographical projects. By transferring routine data management tasks to project administrators, we are able to offer a discounted testing rate to those who order through a project. Membership is FREE and voluntary. You may join or leave a project at any time.

Those who take a Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) Test may join:

  • Paternal lineage projects such as a Surname Project for all who have the same surname or a variant. Paternal lineage projects may also be a project specific to a suspected shared ancestor.
  • Y-Chromosome Geographical Projects to verify a possible point of origin for the paternal line.
  • After testing, you may join a Y-Chromosome Haplogroup project to explore your haplogroup in a historic context.

Those who take a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Test may join:

  • Maternal Lineage Projects for individuals that have or suspect having the same maternal line.
  • Mitochondrial Geographical Projects to verify a possible point of origin for the maternal line.
  • After testing, you may join an mtDNA Haplogroup project to explore your haplogroup in a historic context.

Note: Members may join or leave a project at any time; however, it is important to note that while Family Tree DNA does not impose a limit in the number of projects one can join, we will not tolerate joining multiple projects with the purpose of data mining or finding information that is not relevant to one’s personal ancestral origins. Family Tree DNA reserves the right to remove people from projects at its sole discretion or if it feels that a participant is abusing the system in a way that it may infringe another participant’s privacy.