Willing DNA Project- Background



Willin, Willing, Willings


Welcome to the Willing DNA Project. The project was set up in September 2008, and we have made some interesting discoveries.

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided by the paper records, which may help with your research of your family tree. The results of the tests may help you identify which family tree you belong to. We are discovering which family trees are related. For more information on the project goals in detail, please go the
Project goals page.

For the most recent news, please go the
News page and for the results so far, please go the Results page.

The surnames Willing and Willings are being researched as part of the Willing one-name study, which is registered with the
Guild of One-Name Studies.

You can learn more about this research by visiting the
one-name study web page or by contacting the Group Administrator. Willing was originally Willin, so if you have this surname, you are also welcome to participate.

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and so on back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a WILLING, WILLINGS or WILLIN in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to ask a direct line male in your family tree, such as your father, brother, uncle or cousin, to participate and represent your tree.

We encourage males who order a Y DNA test to order 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

The Y DNA test results contain no personal information, and the test is quite different from those used by forensic scientists in criminal investigations and by doctors to identify paternity. Furthermore, the test itself cannot identify a unique individual as close male members of the same family (brothers, uncles, cousins) will in all probability have identical results. For further information read the
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Family Tree DNA website. An excellent introduction to DNA testing can also be found on the website of the Adamthwaite DNA Project.

To order your test kit, please click on the "JOIN REQUEST" link above. Tests ordered through this project are charged at the special group rate which provides a substantial saving on the standard FTDNA price.

If you have already had your DNA tested with Family Tree DNA individually or as part of another project you are welcome to join this project too. There is no extra charge for joining multiple projects. Simply click on the "JOIN REQUEST" link above, enter your kit number and password and your results will automatically be included in this project as well.

If you would like to participate, but are unable to afford the cost of a test, please get in touch, as money may be available to pay for your test. This may be dependent on whether you can provide sufficient information about your ancestry for your results to be useful to the project.

This page was last updated on 10 February 2015.

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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 0
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 4
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 4
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 9
Maternal Ancestor Information 7
mtDNA 4
mtDNA Full Sequence 2
mtDNA Plus 3
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 19
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 2
Total Members 22
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 0
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 3
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 1
Y-DNA Subgroups 5
Y-DNA111 1
Y-DNA12 16
Y-DNA25 13
Y-DNA37 13
Y-DNA67 4