How do I set up an account for my new group project?

Family Tree DNA project administrators use our Group Administrator Pages (GAP) as the primary tool to run their projects. To create a GAP account, you need a Project Administrator username. The steps for setting up your Project Administrator username at Family Tree DNA and linking it to a group project differ depending on whether it is a new or existing Family Tree DNA group project. When your project is approved or when you are invited to administrate an existing project, you will be sent an email invitation to register your Project Administrator username with that project.

Registering New Projects

If this is a brand new project, you will receive an email containing a temporary ID and password to use to register. Once you receive the email:

  1. Follow the link in the email.
  2. Sign in using the temporary ID and password contained in the email.
  3. Follow the steps in the Admin Invitation Page to create your account.

If you have an existing GAP account, you can also enter the temporary ID and password in your GAP. To do this:

  1. Sign in to your GAP account using your GAP username and password.
  2. On the GAP homepage, click MY ACCOUNT on the menu bar, and select Add Projects.
  3. In the DKit and Code fields, enter the temporary ID and password, respectively, contained in the new project email you received.
  4. Click Add Project.

Registering Existing Projects

If you are registering to administrate an existing project, you will receive an email containing a registration link. Once you receive the email:

  1. Click the link in the email to go to the Administrator request for the Project page.
  2. Follow the instructions on this page. You can sign in using your current Project Administrator username and password or create a username and password if you do not already have one.

Important: Please save your Project Administrator username and password in a safe place. Never share them outside of Family Tree DNA. The Family Tree DNA computer system logs all changes you make to both your GAP account and the myFTDNA accounts of the members associated with your project.

Are there rules Family Tree DNA project administrators must follow?

Yes, there are rules. At Family Tree DNA, we would like both Project Administrators and group project members to enjoy project membership. To help with this and avoid misunderstandings, we have Group Administrator Guidelines. You will find the current version here.

How do I complete my contact information?

Once you have created your Project Administrator username, it is important to complete your contact information. To do so:

  1. Sign in to your GAP account by entering your Project Administrator username and password.
  2. On the menu bar, click MY ACCOUNT.
  3. From the MY ACCOUNT drop-down menu, click Contact Information.
  4. Complete the contact form.
    Note: You must enter a first and last name in order for your contact information to appear to your group members.
  5. Click the Save Contact Information button at the upper-left of the contact form to save your information.

How do I create a website for my group project?

At this point, the procedure to get your group started will differ depending on whether you are setting up a project in the classic format or the myGroups format. Projects will automatically be in the classic format when first created, and you will have the ability to convert to myGroups. If you do not like the myGroups format, you can always revert to the classic format. Our classic format requires administrators to act as liaisons between group members and gives sole control over what is added to a project page to the administrator and co-administrators, if any. The myGroups format is akin to social media sites and allows project members to correspond with each other directly in a forum discussion as well as upload photos and documents to the site. If you do not like the myGroups format, you can always revert to the classic format.

Click here to learn how to set your group up in the classic format.

Click here to learn how to set your project up in the myGroups format.