This page only applies to you if you have joined a FamilyTreeDNA Group Project. If you have not joined a project, your Project Preferences page will be blank.

The Project Preferences page is where you can set the access levels for your Group Administrators and Co-Administrators. These access levels determine which of your account and DNA information a Group Administrator can view and in some cases, modify. You can also use the options on this page to leave a Group Project.

Please note that, in this topic, all references to Group Administrator and administrator include Group Co-Administrator.

Group Administrator and Member Preferences Page

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Where is my Project Preferences page?

To access your Project Preferences page:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, click on your name/kit number, and click Privacy & Sharing from the drop-down menu. The Privacy & Sharing page is displayed.
  3. Click the Project Preferences tab. Your Project Preferences page is displayed.

Note: The Group Projects displayed in the image below are for sample purposes only and are not actual groups.

Project Preferences - Your Projects

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Default Access Level

The default access level is Group Project Access Only because it is the most limited. Group Administrators are assigned this level by default when:

  • you have not assigned an access level to an administrator.
  • you join a new Group Project. When you join a new project, all administrators of that project will have the default access level until you change it.
  • a new Group Administrator is added to a project of which you are a member.

For more information on access levels, see the Group Administrator Access Levels and Permissions topic.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I set an access level for a Group Administrator?

To set an access level for a Group Administrator (or co-administrator):

  1. Go to your Project Preferences page.
  2. Click the Edit button that corresponds to the Group Project for which you want to set a Group Administrator’s access. The Group Administrator Access window is displayed.

    Group Administrator Access Window

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  3.  In the Access column, click the drop-down list next to the Group Administrator and select one of the following access levels:
    - Group Project Access Only (default setting)
    - Grant Limited Access 
    - Grant Full Access
  4. Click Accept. The access level has been set for that Group Administrator.

For more information on access levels, see the Group Administrator Access Levels and Permissions topic. 

How do I set the same access level for all Group Administrators in a Group Project?

To set the same access level for all Group Administrators (and co-administrators) in a Group Project:

  1. Go to your Project Preferences page.
  2. Click the Edit button that corresponds to the Group Project for which you want to set access. The Group Administrator Access window is displayed.

    Group Administrator Access - Set Same Access Level for All Administrators

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  3. At the very top of the window, click the drop-down list (see above image), and select one of the following:
    - Group Project Access Only 
    - Grant Limited Access 
    - Grant Full Access
  4. Click Accept. The same access level has been set for all Group Administrators in that Group Project.
How do I leave a Group Project?

To leave a Group Project:

  1. Go to your Project Preferences page.
  2. Click the Leave button that corresponds to the Group Project that you want to leave. The Leave Group Project window is displayed.

    Leave Group Project Window

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  3. Optional. In the Reason field, enter a brief description of why you are leaving the Group Project.
  4. Click Accept to leave the Group Project.
What information is shared with my Group Administrators?
The information shared with your Group Administrators depends on the access levels that you assign to your Group Administrators on your Project Preferences page.

For more information, see the Group Administrator Access Levels and Permissions Learning Center topic.

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