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Join the The Reynolds Surname DNA Project

There are several ways to join the Reynolds Surname DNA Project:

  • If you have not been DNA tested yet:
    • Ordering a test through the project will automatically make you a member of the project,
    • and yDNA tests at Family Tree DNA cost less when you order them through a surname project.
      Click here to place an order through the project for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA
       
  • If you have already been tested at Family Tree DNA:
    • FTDNA makes it easy for you to join the project (there is no charge to join):
      • Go to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/ and sign in using the kit number and password that they gave you.
      • In your FTDNA personal page click the link labeled "Join" under "Projects" in the dark blue bank at the top of the page.
      • Select the surname of the project you wish to join.  (you may have to search for it)
      • Then click through multiple choices to join.
      • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your yDNA results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
      • Or, you can email FTDNA and ask them to transfer you into the project: helpdesk@ftdna.com
         
  • If you were tested at the National Geographic Genographic Project (NGGP):
    • You can transfer yourself, your results and your retained sample to Family Tree DNA.
    • Go to your National Geographic Genographic Project page.
      • Log in using your kit number.
      • On the next page, click on "I acknowledge".
      • On the next page, scroll all the way down to the bottom.  You will see "learn more" in small blue letters near the bottom of the page.  Click on it.
      • Check "I agree".
      • Fill out the FTDNA form "Adding Your Record to FTDNA" and click "Continue"
      • You should be able to finish it from there.
      • Once you have been transferred into FamilyTreeDNA, you will be given access to a "personal page". 
        • In your FTDNA personal page (upper part of left column) is a link labeled "Join Projects". Click on that button.
        • Select the Reynolds surname as the project you wish to join.  (you may have to search for it)
        • Then click through multiple choices to join.
        • When you have joined the project, the Project Administrator will be notified by FTDNA, and your results will be available for posting on the Project's Results Page.
           
  • If you were tested at another company:
    • If you are tested at Ancestry.com, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF, you can transfer into FTDNA for $19: http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx  (we strongly encourage you to pay the additional $39 and upgrade your results one level for a better comparison)
    • If you are tested at some other company, it is up to the Project Administrator to decide whether to add your results to the project's Results Page.  (Contact the Project Administrator to find out if your results can be included in the project.)
    • We encourage you to post your family pedigree on the project's Pedigree Page.
       
  • If you've been tested at FTDNA and want to join the National Geographic Genographic Project:
    • Go to your FTDNA Personal page (or go to Family Tree DNA and then enter your kit number and password)
    • Open "Genographic Project"
    • Click "I agree" and then "Continue"
    • Confirm your personal details and submit your request by clicking "continue"
       
  • If you want to join more than one project:
    • FTDNA allows each participant to belong to multiple projects
       
  • Which Surname yDNA) Test?
    • With FTDNA's current pricing, the 37 marker test for $149 (plus $4-$6 for s/h) is an excellent choice.
    • If you are trying to match to a different surname without a paper trail - 37 markers is the minimum.   67 will be helpful in most cases.  (You'll save time if you order the 67 markers all at once)
    • If you know the surname you should match, you may get by with 25 markers, but most folks will need 37 or even 67 to get clear insight.
    • If you are only interested in your "deep ancestry" (haplotype) or in proving that you don't share a common ancestor with a specific family, 12 markers will be adequate.   12 markers are usually sufficient to confirm solid paper trails.  (for any other research application - 12 markers is almost never enough)
    • If you are serious about your genealogy - you'll probably end up with at least 67 markers.
    • If you order the 12 or 25 marker tests, you'll pay less initially, but the cost of the upgrades make the 37 marker test an overall more cost effective choice.
       
  • What are the specifics?

The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  All tests include an estimate of the "Haplogroup" (an indication of deep ancestry).
We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford.   We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 or 67 markers - if they don't start there.
The test is a simple cheek swab.  The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply follow the instructions.  (You'll rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, sign the release and put the completed sample in the mail. )

If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators listed at the bottom of the Surname Project's website.