The British Isles DNA Project is a dual (Y-DNA and mtDNA) project
that is open to persons with a documented direct paternal or maternal lineage
originating in the British Isles. You may join if you have identified an
ancestor who lived in the British Isles, with a name, the time he or she lived and a specific place
(town or parish, and county). A direct paternal ancestor is a
father's father's father's..... father. A direct maternal ancestor is a
mother's mother's mother's .... mother.
For the purposes of the project, the British Isles include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel
Islands, and the Isle of Man. The British Isles DNA Project is intended to supplement, not replace, existing regional or county geographical
projects for Great Britain and Ireland. Members of other surname and
geographical projects are therefore welcome to join.
The aims of the British Isles DNA project are twofold: first, to aid genealogists in the task
of identifying ancestral origins and distribution of descendents; secondly, to
assemble a detailed haplogroup map of the British Isles by county, corresponding
to the DNA profile of the region's early history and settlement.
Note to Genographic project members
As a Genographic participant, you
must first add your results to the Family Tree DNA database. To
do this, go to your report page on Genographic Project (you have
to log in to
www.genographic.com with your member number first). At the
bottom of this page is a section "What else can I do with my
results?" Click on the "Learn" link there. This will take you to
a page on FamilyTreeDNA titled "Adding Your Record to Family
Tree DNA." Check "I agree" at the bottom of the page and click
on "Continue." More information here.
Once you have completed the process
you will be assigned a kit number and password. Log in to
with this information, and you will be on your MyFTDNA page.
Centre-left on the page is a box labeled "My
Projects." A link here allows you to Join Projects.
Please note that you can join more than
one geographical project, but only one surname project.