Surname & Geographical Projects

Family Tree DNA Surname, Lineage and Geographical Projects

Projects create opportunities for people to work with others to explore their common genetic heritage. Family Tree DNA encourages customers' participation in projects. Membership is free and voluntary. 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 may infringe another participant's privacy.

By joining a project, you reaffirm the Terms and Conditions of the Family Tree DNA Website, in particular those pertaining to participation in Projects, which describe the possible public display by some Projects Managers of member results, and your right to opt out of certain display settings, which may be found on the Family Tree DNA Website here.

Below is an index of the 10,404 projects that are currently run through Family Tree DNA.

Family Tree DNA Projects are run by administrators. Administrators are unpaid volunteers who have an interest in the history and genealogy of a particular haplogroup, lineage, geographic region, ethnic group, or surname. They are given access to tools to compare results and are responsible for managing and organizing the data for their projects.

If after searching our list of projects, you find that you would like to become an administrator and propose a new project not currently represented, you may fill out an application. FTDNA has a firm policy against creating new projects that overlap with the themes and goals of existing projects. If you are considering submitting an application to start a new project, please make sure that we do not have an existing project with the same theme. To search our current projects, use the "Project Search" on the right side of the page. If you find a project with an overlapping theme, we suggest you contact the current Project Administrator to find out if you can help manage the project.

If you are interested in starting a new project with Family Tree DNA, please click here. If you have more questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section, here.