Why Test Your DNA?

You’re reading this page, so you must be interested in the Anderson DNA Project. You might be sitting-on-the-fence and haven’t made a decison to take the leap or find a relative to participate in the DNA study. If you’re concerned about privacy, read FTDNA’s privacy statement. The administrators of the Anderson DNA Project also take privacy issues seriously. The information we post is your member ID # and your email address, plus your lineage. We do not include information about living individuals on the lineages we post.

The Anderson DNA Project was started to:

  • Help researchers from common or related families work together to find their shared heritage.
  • Identify how the participant’s families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.
  • Identify and confirm genetic lineages of ancestral families.
  • Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant’s genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • The participant’s “deep” ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor’s prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry.
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information.
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and the spelling variations.
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname.
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better – particularly where the records have been lost.
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