Foster FamilyTreeDNA Project- Background


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  • Barbara Good , Group Administrator


Foerster, Forester, Forestier, Forister, Forrester, Forrister, Forster, Foster, Vorster, Voster


The FOSTER (and related surnames)  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.  Whichever   Y-DNA test you choose now can always be upgraded later for an additional fee.

 Y-DNA37 (37 marker test for $149)
 Y-DNA67 (67 marker test for $248)
 Y-DNA111 (111 marker test for $339
 Family Finder Test for $99
 mtDNAPlus test for $69
 mt full sequence test for $199

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 24
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 57
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 97
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 66
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 165
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 12
Maternal Ancestor Information 224
mtDNA 136
mtDNA Full Sequence 79
mtDNA Plus 113
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 293
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 53
Total Members 450
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 36
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 30
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 10
Y-DNA Subgroups 51
Y-DNA111 73
Y-DNA12 339
Y-DNA25 303
Y-DNA37 282
Y-DNA67 176