Once you receive your
test results, you can start learning about your genetic heritage and search for
near and distant cousins. Here is a checklist of steps you can take to ensure you derive the greatest
benefit from your membership in the project. Return to your MyFTDNA
page often to find out if other testees have produced close matches to your
profile. It is also recommended that you visit the results pages on this website
that you can follow developments in the British Isles DNA project.
If there is
something you do not understand or you require assistance entering
your ancestral information, please feel free to contact one of the
administrators. Contact information can be found here: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/BritishIsles
When you log into
and enter your KIT NO. or USERNAME and PASSWORD in the appropriate boxes, you will be taken to your
MyFTDNA page. There are a number of
things you can do from this page. Your first order of business should be to enter your
ancestral information, as follows:
your mouse over the My
Account menu heading (in the dark horizontal bar near the
top) and select Most
Distant Ancestors from the drop-down menu.
your Direct Paternal
ancestor and Direct
Maternal ancestor information in the boxes provided
(Country of Origin and Name. In the Name box, try to provide
sufficient detail that the information will be of help to others
who may be researching the same name or location, e.g., John Doe, b. 1815,
Yeovil, Somersetshire. Make sure that the names you enter are your
DIRECT paternal and
maternal ancestors. (On the paternal side, your father's father's
father's.... father; on the maternal side, your mother's mother's
mother's.... mother.) Don't forget to press Save so the
information will not be lost.
use the UPDATE LOCATION
buttons to specify the geographical information for your most
maternal and direct paternal ancestors. Make sure you enter the
proper longitude and latitude in decimal notation. The dialogue
boxes will walk you through the process of entering geographical
data for your Ancestral Locations.
have entered information on your Most Distant Ancestors and their
Ancestral locations, you can visit the project page at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/BritishIsles
and click on Y-DNA Results (Classic) or mt-DNA Results in order to
check that your most distant ancestor information appears
correctly and that you have been assigned to the correct county
subgroup. If you encounter problems at this stage, please feel to
contact one of the administrators.
will use other menu headings to manage your DNA family history
research. For example:
My Projects, you can
see the projects to which you currently belong and add new projects.
Y-DNA and mtDNA,
you can check your matches, haplotree, and ancestral origins, as well
as order new tests to extend your profile or refine your
particularly helpful feature here is the Matches
Maps. Here you can view the geographical locations of near
and perfect matches to your ancestral DNA on different numbers of
markers (12, 25, 37, 67) plotted on a map of the world. This map
also enables you to check whether the locations and coordinates you entered for
your most distant direct paternal and direct maternal ancestors
are correct. If your ancestor does not appear on the map, or if
the location is wrong, you can go back to Ancestral
Locations to correct or complete the information there.
new feature under the Y-DNA menu is the
SNP Map. When you
select this option you can view the distribution of each
haplogroup , including subclades, on the world map. When you
select your own subclade, you will be able to determine where your
closely related distant relatives resided, and possibly home in on
the location where your surname was first adopted by a distant
ancestor. To take advantage of this feature, members are
encouraged to order as many SNP tests as possible so the subclades
they belong to are precisely determined.
technique for locating the region in which your surname originated
is to note the surnames of any close matches (1-5 mismatches, say)
to your Y-DNA on 25 or 37 markers. You can determine the
distribution of these surnames, as well as your own, in the 1881
Census of Great Britain at this website: http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/.
You can then look for areas where the highest distributions of
these surnames overlap to narrow down the regional origin of your
surname within the British Isles. For a more detailed description
of this method of identifying your paternal "Genetic Homeland,"
please visit Tyrone Bowes's site http://www.englishorigenes.com/.
Note that similar sites have been created for those seeking
Scottish and Irish ancestors.
maps of surnames in the 1881 census are now available for new
members on the British Isles DNA website. Simply click here for a
list of surname distribution maps. If you wish to have a
distribution map for your surname included, please click here.
Family Finder you can
view and study matches with other persons for whom Family Finder
results are posted.
Resources, you can
deepen your knowledge of Genetic Genealogy and submit your results to
the public databases maintained by Family Tree DNA, YSearch
Note: If your DNA profiles do not
appear on the results pages, and you did your DNA testing with Family Tree DNA,
you need to fill out the release form. You can obtain the release form from the FTDNA website (http://www.familytreedna.com/forms/FTDNA-release-form.pdf).
Just fill it out and mail it back to:
Family Tree DNA
1445 North Loop West, Suite
Houston, TX 77008, USA
Your results will then appear on this
website and your email will appear to persons with whom you have close matches.