Why the Database Size is Essential
Whether your goal is to verify your genealogy or to discover your deep ancestral
origins, the size of the testing company's database is of fundamental importance.
To get the best and most accurate answer, you want to compare your results with
as many others as possible, which means choosing the company with the largest and
most robust database. Family Tree DNA is in the lead—Our databases are several
times larger than all the others' combined!
About The Family Tree DNA Database
Our database is the largest in the field of Genetic Genealogy. As of
August 31, 2015, the Family Tree
DNA database has
746,353 records. Total numbers
include transfers from the Genographic Project and resellers in Europe and Middle
East. We also have:
388,954 unique surnames
541,293 Y-DNA records
in the database
230,447 25-marker records
in the database
209,840 37-marker records
in the database
104,315 67-marker records
in the database
205,060 mtDNA records in
59,253 FGS records in the
Customers and their testimonials
While at a trade-show in the UK, a few people who tested with another company came
to our booth and asked: "I got their results and now what?" Unfortunately for the
customer, they were lured by a low price but could not do much with their results,
so they ordered a new test from us. Also, in a couple of cases, the other companies
gave them wrong Haplogroup assignments. Family Tree DNA receives orders on a weekly
basis from individuals who previously tested with other companies, but choose to
retest with Family Tree DNA. Here are just two examples of letters from individuals
that tested previously with another company. They speak for themselves:
"We had my brother's Y-DNA tested by another company. (Mistake!!) We know wish to
have a Y-DNA67 test by FTDNA and to join the Group Armstrong Project. The co-administrator
of the project, sent me the link to the group's promotional offer. I have filled
it in and am sending it to you. Please send the kit directly to my brother's address
on the form and bill my VISA seeing it's my gift to him."
"I did three DNA tests with another company and I am getting no reply. Do you have
connection with them where the DNA testing information can go to you so I can get
more information? I am lost. I sent in what I needed but got nothing to show where
we come from or anything. Please help me..."
Search Our Database
Search our Surname Projects for your last name, if you join the Surname Project,
you will be entitled to the reduced group rates. You can do this by entering your
surname in the Search box below.
We encourage you to search for a family surname in our SURNAMES DATABASE. Our database
contains family names of clients who have already ordered a DNA profile from Family
After you have searched for the surname that interests you, the name will appear
in the result screen with a number after the name, e.g. Bowling (62). This indicates
that the name Bowling is in our database and that 62 people with that surname (or
a derivative) have already ordered a DNA sample tested. It is possible that not
all 62 Bowlings have been added yet to our Recent Ancestral Origins (RAO) Database
as we may be awaiting the analysis from the Lab for some of them.
A link will be provided for you to order a genetic test below the result screen.
If the surname you desire is not located in our database, you will receive a message
entitled "Name not found," and a form will be provided below the message to enable
you to order a test kit for that surname.
Posting and updating to our database is instant. After you have registered your
surname, you can search again to find the name in the updated database. Happy relative
Here are some important answers to the question "Why test with Family Tree DNA?"
Other than the cost of the test, all the following services are provided FOR FREE.
- You will be included in the largest Y-DNA and mtDNA databases in the world
- You have total control over whether you compare your results only within your project
or against the entire database
- The names and email addresses of your genetic matches are provided so that you may
- Personal phone and email support by qualified personnel. Both the phones and email
messages are answered by a human being and not by an automated response system
- Family Tree DNA is the only service which has a calculator, created by our population
geneticist, that gives you the likelihood of sharing a common ancestor with your
genetic match within a certain time frame
- Family Tree DNA allows you to join, leave, and be part of multiple Projects at the
same time, without any additional testing or cost
- As additional people test, your result will be matched against them and in case
of a match you will be notified by email
- Family Tree DNA allows you continued access to your account, projects, and matches
without additional testing, cost or subscription fees
- Family Tree DNA is the only company that stores your DNA for 25 years allowing you
to order additional tests using the original sample
- Family Tree DNA is the only company to offer the SNP Assurance Program: if no ancestral
haplogroup can be estimated with 100% certainty, FTDNA will SNP test your sample
- Family Tree DNA is the only DNA testing service that partners with National Geographic’s
Genographic Project and allows you to add your results to that project for a nominal
fee that goes to the Genographic Legacy Fund.
To see further testimonials from our customers please go to the
main testimonial page.