The National Geographic Genographic Project is a five-year project headed by renowned geneticist, Dr. Spencer Wells, of the National Geographic Society, and partners IBM and the Waitt Foundation. In the public participation portion of the project, participants may elect to upload their Y-DNA or mtDNA results to Family Tree DNA to discover if they have any genetic matches in Family Tree DNA's database.
The Genographic Project has introduced thousands to the relatively new frontier of genetics in anthropological and genealogical applications. Along with this, comes the following success stories as a result.
Beatty Surname DNA Project:
Speaks Surname DNA Project
yesterday I got a Geno match with a new cousin who had info about the
genesis of my Speaks line that, if correct, solves the question of why
there appears to be a non-parental event. It's not a non-parental
event in the classic sense, it's two separate Thomas' in the same location
at the same time. Viva Geno!! He tested because he was
curious, not because he knew about FTDNA's surname projects or
genealogical testing. His father and grandfather did this genealogy
work years ago."
"Several years ago I set out to
document and trace back my Native ancestry, with the help of a genealogist
it was successful to a certain point, mostly in obtaining documents. It
seems as though classification of Native Americans who where not removed
to a reservation were somewhat clouded and they were often classified as
other than Native Americans. Through the Genographic project I found that
my mtDNA test indeed fell into Haplogroup A confirming my maternal line
was descended from a Full blood American Indian woman of who I have her
name and other documents. I am now continuing my research to find other
aspects of her tribal heritage and possibly other descendants."
"I have been tested in the National
Geographic Genographic project; my results have been transferred to Family
Tree DNA. I am a member of Haplogroup A. My lineage is
French/Cajun (through my mother's line); my Ancestral/Native routes are
found in Nova Scotia, where a French settler, Rene Rimbault, married an
Amerindian woman, known only as Anne Marie. It is through this union, that
occurred in the mid-1600s, that my Native American and French lineage can
be originally traced.
French Heritage DNA Project
Lavoie of Montréal thought she would support the objectives of National
Geographic’s Genographic Project
by ordering a mitochondrial DNA test. From information on that site she
learned that she had inherited her mitochondrial DNA from her mother, who
had inherited it from her mother, and then from mother to mother back in
time to her earliest maternal ancestor.
she know that her results would exactly match the MTDNA results of Lin
LaRochelle of Altadena in Southern California. Lin had taken the mtDNA
test months before through the French
Heritage DNA Project and had posted her direct maternal lineage to
that project site - all twelve generations of it.
Genographic participants can join other projects through Family Tree DNA,
So here were
two new cousins introduced only through the results of DNA testing. They
possessed the exact same mitochondrial DNA signature passed down to them
from their common maternal ancestor, Françoise Garnier Grenier, 400 years