Update on the FTDNA Mayflower Project

The Mayflower Project at FTDNA will now accept only 67-marker YDNA tests. This will greatly help FTDNA as they work to define with better accuracy the DNA of the Pilgrim ancestors. We need to collect DNA information from as many of our male members as possible. This is a groundbreaking project that will allow us to remain the gold standard in lineage research.

Only men can take the YDNA tests, but we also want to collect our female members' test kits as we identify the haplogroups of women who sailed on the Mayflower. For that, women will need to do the full MtDNA sequence tests. 

The Family Finder test is a third test that both men and women can take that tells you if you have close relatives. We would like to put these results in our project as well. If you take any of these tests at Ancestry.com or 23andMe.com, you can upload the tests to our FTDNA Mayflower Project at no cost. When purchasing tests from our Mayflower Project at FTDNA, you will get a discount. Here are the tests that we recommend:

Men:
Y-DNA 67 marker
MtDNA full sequence
Family Finder (If you are looking for relatives)

Women:
MtDNA full sequence
Family Finder (If you are looking for relatives)

If you order your tests from FTDNA through the Mayflower DNA Project, when the test results are completed they will be included in the project with your permission. No private information is shared. For GSMD members who have taken tests in the past through FTDNA, you can join the Mayflower DNA project by doing a join request. From this point on males must complete a Y-67 test and for Women a full MtDNA sequence test.  If you completed a DNA test at Ancestry.com or 23AndMe you can download your results and upload them to FTDNA for free and join the Mayflower DNA project.  

To join the project, go to FTDNA.com. On the tab near the top, click on Projects. In the search box type Mayflower. Open the Mayflower Project title. You can also get there by clicking here.

There is a great sale on test kits going on at FTDNA.com through August 31, 2017. Some of the kits are priced below our GSMD discounted prices. Now is a good time to get your family’s information into our FTDNA Mayflower Project.

Questions? Email our Mayflower Project DNA Administrator Mike Terry at mterry3158@sbcglobal.net.

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