How to join the Mayflower DNA Project

In 1620, a group of 104 passengers arrived in New England aboard the Mayflower. After a harsh winter, only 52 of the original Pilgrims survived and founded Plymouth Colony. Through a cooperative project with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), an effort is now underway to match genetic descendants back to these Mayflower families.

Members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants are invited to join the Mayflower DNA Project. 

To access the Mayflower DNA Project through FamilyTree DNA, please go to:

You will see this:
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If you have already tested with FTDNA, or transferred your results to FTDNA, click on the word Join enclosed in the white rectangle on the right of the screen. 

When you click Join, this window will pop up:

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Fill in the Already Tested? option with your FTDNA Kit Number and your FTDNA Password, then click the blue Sign In box. 

If you have already completed a DNA test with AncestryDNA™, 23AndMe© or MyHeritage™, you can download your results and upload them to FTDNA for free. For more information on this process, visit the FTDNA website:

If you have not completed a DNA test, General Society members receive a discount when purchasing an FTDNA test through the Mayflower Project. To access this discount, please contact Mike Terry at with your 5-digit General Society number and you will not only receive a confidential code to use when you place your order but assistance with ordering the appropriate DNA test to answer your genealogical questions.

For more information on this project, please visit Any further questions can be directed to the Mayflower DNA Project Administrator Mike Terry at


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