Project: DNA

Categories: DNA Project

This project is top level project for DNA.

Immediate Help - Put Your DNA Test Results into Action

WikiTree doesn't offer DNA testing and we don't host DNA test results. You don't "upload your DNA" to WikiTree. We focus on what we do best: genealogical collaboration.

If you've taken a DNA test for genealogy at one of the four testing companies -- Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe or MyHeritage, -- WikiTree enables you to put your DNA test results into action. For introductory information on how to use your test information on WikiTree please go to our intro to DNA on WikiTree and our DNA Features information.

If you've come to the project page because you want to ask a questions head over to our Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum and ask whatever questions you have. Be sure to tag your questions DNA to make sure they're seen by the right people.

Are you just getting started and don't know where to start? Visit Getting_Started_with_DNA_Testing

The DNA Project
WikiTree founder Chris Whitten (R) strategizing with Dr. Tim Janzen
on how to further integrate DNA into WikiTree.


Project Mission

The DNA Project is a simple way to organize those of us who are interested in how WikiTree can integrate DNA test results on the limbs we share on WikiTree, as well as finding ways to expand the use of genealogical DNA on WikiTree. Project members take primary responsibility for performing project tasks and helping members with DNA related questions, offering assistance as needed.

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For the full list of current DNA Project participants, see the badge report.

The project leaders are Kitty Smith, Kay Wilson and Mags Gaulden. The DNA Project Coordinator is Emma McBeth

To join the project:

  1. Answer our welcome thread on G2G and we'll get you set up with a badge and information.
  2. or you can ask Kitty for a project badge
  3. Click here for G2G conversations tagged "DNA" and follow the tag.
  4. add yourself to the Google+ group
  5. Check out the the Project Task list below to find something to help us work on, and add yourself (or ask one of us to) to that task.

Project Tasks

Some tasks are not alphabetical

Tasks A to G or All H to M or All N to T or All U to Z or All
Privacy Level Change Message David D Connie G
Check of Test Information Validity Kay
Posting Welcome Message to DNA Tested Badge Holders Kitty Kitty Kitty Kitty
Creating and maintaining a DNA Resource Page - WikiTree Mags
Creating and maintaining a DNA Resource Page - External Mags
Integrators - G2G Resources and information Peter Mags Kay
Recruiting - Project Coordinators, Working Project Members Mags Kay Peter Kitty
Introductions - Genetic Genealogists, Others in Genetic Genealogy Field Peter
DNA Helpers Darlene Athey Hill Emma McBeth Milton Davis
DNA Helpers

DNA Helpers

There are members who struggle a bit to understand DNA and how we use DNA here on WikiTree. As a DNA Helper you will be available to step in and help beyond what our members read in our help pages and resource pages. With one-on-one time you'll be able to guide someone through the steps of DNA testing and understanding their results. This will be especially helpful to the WikiTree Adoption Angels Project as some of these WikiTree members have no background in Genealogy.

Privacy Level Change Message

  • Privacy Change Sample Message:
"When you post DNA test information on a WikiTree profile, WikiTree needs to be able to see the profile Family Tree Tab (top of WikiTree Profile) make DNA connections down the ancestral lines. Please be sure that the Privacy level on the profile and all of the ancestors are at a level that allows everyone to see the Family Tree tab. For further on the available Privacy levels needed to facilitate this, please see [ Privacy settings and DNA]". Thanks!
When contacting people, post your messages in their public comment box so others can see if contact has already been made.

mtDNA Tested List

If their privacy level is red Private or "Private with Public Biography" then their mtDNA information is not automatically associated with their direct maternal line:

Y-DNA Tested List

If their privacy level is red Private or Private with Public Biography then their Y-DNA information is not associated with their direct paternal line:

auDNA Tested List

If their privacy level is red Private or "Private with Public Biography" then it is exceedingly difficult for their autosomal DNA matching cousins to determine the shared ancestry.}}

Check of Test Information Validity

This is something in the works. Peter and I will be working on this task along with AleŇ° Trtnik to alleviate some of the user errors on the DNA information they input.

GEDmatch ID's

  • Google ID Mistake Sample Message:
"Hey ,
I am working with the DNA Project. Noticed you have something a bit amiss in your GEDmatch number. Would you verify it please?
Once you find the right number you can update your GEDmatch ID number by clicking on the My WikiTree Menu top right of your profile page, then click on DNA confirmation. Then click on the DNA test tab at the top of that page, then click the edit or enter more detail button on the right.
Your Name"

When contacting people, post your messages in their public comment box so others can see if contact has already been made.

DNA Confirmations Citations

Volunteers need to check to make sure DNA Confirmations have the source/citation to back up the confirmation on profiles.

When contacting people, post your messages in their public comment box so others can see if contact has already been made.

Ask mtDNA Testers to add their MitoSearch ID

1. Find mtDNA testers who do not have a MitoSearch ID.

2. If they tested with Family Tree DNA, then they may already be in MitoSearch. Check MitoSearch to discover if they have a MitoSeach ID. Peter will add instructions for how to do that

Posting Welcome Message to DNA Tested Badge Holders

Kitty has been doing this for... well. forever. She is great at it, but we might be able to jump in to help her with posting the great DNA welcome messages to the people when they first get their DNA tested badge.

Creating and Maintaining a DNA Resource Pages

We will be rolling our DNA resources lists on this page off to their own pages. Help by keeping the resource pages up-to-date and organized.

Integrators - G2G Resources and information

Follow DNA in our G2G Forum and integrate Questions and Answers into our DNA Project, DNA Help and DNA Resources pages.

Introductions - Genetic Genealogists, Others in Genetic Genealogy Field

WikiTree does something with DNA that no other website or program does. Period. What we want to do is introduce this concept, this ability to the greater genealogical community so they "get it". If you blog, tweet, Facebook, or talk at your local genealogical society, talk about WikiTree and DNA. Bring people in and show them how we work. Show them how incredible our Great Big Ole shared Tree is.

Bright Ideas

DNA Bright Ideas

This Space page lists our members bright ideas, or wish list for things we'd like to put forward to the Community and the team for discussion and possible incorporation into WikiTree. We can hash-out our Ideas and get them ready to post in a concise manner to G2G.

Here is a list we started:

  • Icon in lists on WikiTree indicating a Profile has DNA connections - DNA connected Profile.
  • auDNA match icon (by clicking a radio button) to those people in WikiTree who are an autosomal match with you?
  • An easier way to get to your DNA tests information page.
  • Automation of table entry

Help & Resources

DNA Space Pages and Sub-Projects


  • WikiTree and DNA - Peter Roberts helped Roberta Estes put together this excellent introduction to WikiTree for genetic genealogy on her DNAeXplained blog. This is a good blog to share with friends who have taken a DNA test but haven't tried WikiTree yet.
  • DNA and Adoption How to use WikiTree and DNA to help in the search for Birth family.


  • DNA 101 this is a very good explanation about DNA testing.
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy. This independent, noncommercial organization offers a DNA Newbies mailing list, comparisons of DNA tests in the marketplace, educational resources, and a wiki that is a valuable source of information.

Getting Started with DNA Testing

WikiTree Leader Peter Roberts & Richard Weiss from DNA Adoptions, RootsTech 2017.

Have you taken an autosomal, Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA test for genealogy? Please select the test at DNA Tests.

Note that BritainsDNA and the Genographic Project are not included in our database because they do not allow direct comparisons or matching for genealogy.

Ordering or recommending a test

If you plan to order a test for yourself, or would like to recommend that a family member or friend be tested, please use one of these URLs. This way WikiTree gets the referral credit.

A table for Comparison of Autosomal DNA Testing Companies, including info for the three companies shown above, is maintained by the International Society for Genetic Genealogy.

Choosing a test

Before you order a DNA test, it is important to know what you want to learn. Different tests will supply different genetic information.

  • Y-Chromosome (yDNA) tests for men will give information about the paternal genetic line for a man. That is, his father, then his father, then his father on back through the generations for millennia to his earliest, ancient forefather. This may help you learn about your paternal surname.
  • Mitochondrial (mtDNA) tests are for everyone and will give information about the maternal genetic line. That is, his/her mother, then her mother, then her mother on back through the generations for millennia to his/her earliest, ancient foremother. This is harder to use in genealogy research because each mother in the mtDNA line has a different surname, but it often reveals interesting information about deep genealogy, and it can be used to confirm or reject family connections.
  • Autosomal (auDNA) or Family Finder tests show our cousin connections for the past six generations or so. This little picture gives you an idea of these tests. The auDNA test would cover all of these ancestors: The DNA Family Tree Chart

Another good link to this information is on "4 Kinds of DNA for Genetic Genealogy."

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For the full list of current DNA tested members, please see the badge report.

We now have our own DNA Group Project on the website. The new FTDNA public webpage displays the database information for FTDNA test kits and is more detailed than the information in this in-house DNA Project.

With your FTDNA kit number, you can belong to as many projects as you think will be helpful to your research. For each FTDNA test kit that you own, to join the new FTDNA WikiTree project:

  • Click here and then click on the "Join", or click this direct Join link. This will prompt you to log in with your kit number and password.

While you are in your Account page, please update your Most Distant Ancestors:

  • On the blue bar at the top of the Account page, click My Account.
  • On the drop-down menu, click Most Distant Ancestors.
  • Enter descriptive information about the test participant's most distant ancestors.

As an example, my test participants' Direct Paternal Name (yDNA forefather) is entered as Joseph Smith, NH see or Bro Joseph Smith, see but these will not be active, click-able links on the FTDNA page. Readers will have to copy and paste the URL into their browser.

And my Direct Maternal Name (mtDNA foremother) is entered as Susanna Miller see or Sarah Ashley Wilkins If your ancestor doesn't have a WikiTree ID number, that's OK, just enter what you do know such as birth year, death year and place, and who the ancestor married. If you are adopted or your lineage is not known, you might just say adopted or unknown.

I am the FTDNA administrator for this project, so I will receive an email from them as soon as you join the project. Kitty Cooper-1 Smith

Increase Your Opportunities For Making Matches

After your DNA is analyzed, you will want to increase your opportunities for making matches. The first step is to complete as much of your WikiTree family tree as possible.

As you fill in your family tree, the various surnames are added to your list of family surnames, e.g. Kitty's List of Surnames. This is helpful when trying to make connections with cousins based on your auDNA test. You can easily point your matches to your current research on WikiTree.

Next, consider posting your results on one of the DNA matching websites. This will help you make matches across the different testing companies.

Tools useful for analyzing auDNA

You may also want to highlight your matching, triangulated DNA test lines. Please use our wonderful templates to post on the profiles of our matching test ancestors.

WikiTree Features and Test Extensions

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? WikiTree's DNA features:

- Help you get more out of the tests for your own genealogy.
- Help our shared mission to connect the human family on one free, genealogically-correct tree.

Privacy Settings and DNA on WikiTree

When you post a DNA test on a WikiTree profile, WikiTree needs to be able to see the profile Family Tree tab to make DNA connections down the ancestral lines. Please be sure that the Privacy level on the profile and all of the ancestors are at a level that allows everyone to see the Family Tree tab. That is either:

  • Pale Yellow - Private with Public Biography and Family Tree. This is the same as Private but anyone can view the biography and family tree.
  • Pale Peach - Private with Public Family Tree. Same as Private but anyone can view the family tree. Other individuals in the tree can still be private.
  • Green - Public. Anyone can view the full profile but only the Trusted List can edit it. The default for non-living people under 200 years old except when added as nuclear relatives of living people. Not an option for living people.
  • White - Open. Anyone can view the full profile and any member who has signed the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code can edit it. Required for people over 200. Not an option for living people.

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