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 7
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 54
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 75
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 40
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 108
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 10
Maternal Ancestor Information 164
mtDNA 107
mtDNA Full Sequence 56
mtDNA Plus 85
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 220
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 27
Total Members 352
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 43
Y-DNA12 277
Y-DNA25 238
Y-DNA37 218
Y-DNA67 130