What is the best way to go about a Fortune yDNA project?

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I would like to start a Fortune yDNA project here at wikitree and I am looking for some tips and guidance. I want it to be as effective as possible but also align with wikitree guidelines and privacy rules.

I was inspired by ydna test results I received in 2017 and the many wonderful researchers I met in the process.  Like many ydna testers, I hoped to learn if I matched a specific family.  I have a specific interest in the Fortunes that trace to  Nelson County Virginia. Partially because there is a lot of them, I match many of them in auDNA testing, and family tradition tells we have a direct line back.

My yDNA test revealed that I matched a specific ydna haplogroup within R-M269 that corresponds to the Walden Ravensworth group.  I have carefully looked over the list of my male ydna matches and their MDKAs, and I don't match a single one as a cousin or any of the descendants as cousins that can't be explained through my dad's grandmother Daisy Pettis.

I got in contact with one of the administrators for the Walden ydna project that was hosted at rootsweb and at FTDNA and would like to use a similar approach for Fortune ydna at wikitree.

I would like to accomplish the following:

  1. Setup a matrix/table of all the known Fortune ydna haplogroups.
  2. Through research and analysis, identify the different Fortune family clusters.
  3. Track down sources and potential candidates for testing. For example, I know of two men that tested at ancestry before they halted ydna testing.  The results are no longer online at ancestry. Person #1 saved their results (I don't match them - but that helps me a lot and helps them too!). Person #2 tested at ancestry but didn't match Person #1.
  4. Build out a list of known Fortune researchers so they can help each other.
  5. Use it as cousin bait or research bait to draw more people to wikitree where they can build out more accurate trees and profiles that are properly sourced.

I have been reading the following wikitree help page:


It looks like no one has started a FORTUNE project yet.  I'd like to start one and use content and research I have already collected.

in The Tree House by John Fortune G2G Crew (960 points)

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