Foster FamilyTreeDNA Project- Background


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The FOSTER Surname DNA Project was established to create a growing databank of DNA profiles of male FOSTER descendants to aid in genealogical research. DNA analysis can assist in supporting or refuting the premise that two or more participants descend from a common ancestor.

The success of our Project will depend on the number of participants who join our testing group, as well as the documentation of the research connected with each line regarding dates and locations of birth, death, marriage, etc.

All male FOSTER descendants who wish to participate in the project are welcome to join. The lab tests the y-chromosome which is passed down through an unbroken male lineage (father to son to son, etc.), so you must be a male with the FOSTER or variant spelling surname to participate. In order for a female to determine her paternal ancestry, she must use the y-chromosome of a male on her father's side - her brother, father, father's brother, grandfather, etc. If you have an unsolved roadblock in your FOSTER genealogy, DNA testing can provide an additional tool to aid in focusing your research if you match with another participant in the project.

The following Y-chromosome DNA tests are available. Prices shown are for current or new group members. Please see the FTDNA web site for availability of other types of DNA testing.

Y-DNA12 (12 marker test for $99)
Y-DNA25 (25 marker test for $124)
Y-DNA37 (37 marker test for $149)
Y-DNA67 (67 marker test for $239)

The 12 marker test is best at ruling out relatedness with another participant. The 25 and 37 marker tests are more refined. FTDNA offers a 67 marker test which is the current standard. Whichever you choose now can always be upgraded later for an additional fee as shown below:

Y-DNA12to25 for $49 (Please consider doing this)
Y-DNA12to37 for $99
Y-DNA12to67 for $189
Y-DNA37to67 for $99
Y-DNA25to37 for $49
Y-DNA25to67 for $149

DNA collection kits, which involve a painless swabbing of inside the cheek, will be sent to participants directly from the lab. Your payment may be prepaid via CC or remitted to the lab with the completed kit.

To join the Foster DNA project, click on the Join link on the left of this page.

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 6
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 54
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 71
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 37
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 105
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 10
Maternal Ancestor Information 159
mtDNA 104
mtDNA Full Sequence 52
mtDNA Plus 81
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 217
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 20
Total Members 346
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 19
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 29
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 9
Y-DNA Subgroups 44
Y-DNA111 42
Y-DNA12 274
Y-DNA25 235
Y-DNA37 215
Y-DNA67 127