DNA Signatures - Adding your signature to the
There are 2 kinds of signatures : triangulations
and references or candidates.
A signature is triangulated when 2 DNA tests (or
more) are linked, these tests are coherent and the relevant
genealogical lines are documented.
Otherwise, a signature can be used as a reference
or candidate to find more triangulations or to complete a
The genealogical lines should be documented. This
- If you are tested at FTDNA, please join the French Heritage
project. See below. You can also participate to other projects.
- The kit number at FTDNA or a screenshot of the screen if you
tested with Geno2, 23andme or another site. You shoult import
your results to FTDNA. Geno2 Haplogroups will follow but not
those from 23andme.
- Also, send me your fathers line (if yDNA tested) or mothers
line (if mtDNA tested). Email: email@example.com The
lines can be eventually completed by an admin. It is also
important to identify the pioneer with no ambiguity. See below.
- Sample of a documented line:
- JARRET dit BEAUREGARD Charles m: CHARON Marie Angélique,
JARRET dit BEAUREGARD Joseph m: PINEAULT Marie Charlotte,
JARRET de BEAUREGARD André m: ANTHIAUME Marguerite, 1676-01-12
JARRET Jean m: SERMETTE Perrette, before 1642 Vignieu (Isère :
- If you hive recent generations, please at least put a
"Private" tag for the missing generations.
- The marriages of the genealogy before 1918 will be verified
in the Fichier Lafrance if they occured in Québec. For other
places, census or marriage records will be used, depending on
their availability in répertoires or on the web site
- You must also give your consent if you want to indicate your
name as the contributor for the triangulation. You anonymity
will be respected otherwise. Anyway, marrages of the last 100
years are not displayed.
Join a project
It is a good idea to join one or many projects
because this will increase the usefullness of your DNA test and
your visibility when looking for matches (i.e. to attract more
people to complete the triangulation) and you get also a rebate on
some DNA tests.
As an admin, I suggest obviously to join the French
Heritage project. With a Quebec pioneer ancestor, I also suggest
the yDNA and mtDNA Quebec projects. With Acadian roots, there are
some Acadian projects, one suggested is Acadian Heritage which I
May projects are for a family name. Also, many
groups are haplogroup-oriented (yDNA and mtDNA). If you made a Big
Y test, the specialized groups will help to better define your
To join a project from FTDNA, you must first have
an account. This will eventually give you a rebate or a mean to
perform some tests not available otherwise (12 and 25 STR in
particular). Each project is independant. By participing to many
projects, you incease your visibility and your odds to have
someone else tested to match your DNA signature and to get a
match. You can also offer a free test to find that match.
From your dashboard (or profile), please perform
the following operations:
- Join the project. With the link  Projects at the
top of your FTDNA profile, follow Join a project, then
in the category "DUAL (Y-DNA and mtDNA) GEOGRAPHICAL PROJECTS",
select F and French Heritage.
There is a link JOIN in the bottom of the page.
- You must then give to the admins an access to your data. Come
back to your profile and follow the  Manage Projects
link. This will open the Project Preferences tab. At the
end of the "French_Heritage_DNA" line, click on "Edit"
and give to Denis Beauregard (and other admins), select
one of these (also needed when a new admin is added to a
- Grant Limited Access. This is the mininum choice,
This allows an admin to see your profile, including raw data
(except Family Finder and Coding Region if selected to hide)
and your matches, so that the admin can see if your DNA ADN
looks like that of other tested people.
- Grand Full Access. This adds some data like the town
you live. This may help the admin to answer to your questions.
- In the context of a project, your should share your results,
so from the "Privacy & Sharing" tab, section "Project
Sharing", in the bottom of the screen, sub-section "Group
Project Profile" and check "Opt
in to Sharing". It is up to you to decide if you want to
be notified about new matches (but it is best to find them all
short after the test to help to confirm that the signature is
coherent). The part "Origin Sharing" will allow you to
display your main origines found by the Family Finder test.
- Under the tab "Genealogy",
enter the country of origin of your ancestor and the couple of
gateway ancestors to ease grouping. For both yDNA and mtDNA, I
think the best choice is the gateway pioneer (the one on the
ship) and his/her spouse, instead of the parents and a bogus
year. Some sites are inventing parents or marriages so the
data about the pioneer are usually more reliable and more
usable. If you have not found, go as far as you can. In many
cases, I was able to solve a dead end, sometime with a team
- Finally, the tab Notifications
allows you to decide if you will be notified when a new
DNA cousin is found.
- To publish your genealogy online
(for matches and admins), from your dashboard click on myFamilyTree.
By clicking on someone, you have the option "Add
Relationship" to add for example the father or mother of
someone. There is also a link to directly Upload Gedcom
at the top of the page. You can also send me directly your
lines. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do it by yourself
A DNA test from FTDNA has 2 main groups of results
: DNA data and matches. DNA data is used to find relatives among
other users of the lab.
From your dashboard, under [Y-DNA-Results
Completed], select [Matches]. You get the list of
matches or Y-DNA cousins. Keep in mind that the common ancestor
may be living 1000s years ago but genealogical records are from
the 1600s and family names in France are from 1200-1300. Find
those with a similar name to yours (or a dit name) with a genetic
distance not too large. Then, if the name is in blue, click on
this name. If the name is in black, however, data are not shared.
If you have many matches, you can filter the
results for [The Entire Database] or a specific project.
You can focus on a family name or on an area. Participating to a
project is not compulsory but if you don't, the project manager
(admin) can't help you. The field Markers will select the
number of markers for the comparison. The distance allowed depends
on that number. In some cases, someone may appear at 25-marker but
not at 12-marker. This means there are differences in the first 12
markers but maybe none in the next 13. These differences or
mutations are random.
You can display up to 1000 matches. By sorting on "Name",
you will get the list by alphabetical order.
If the name of the person is in blue, more useful
data is shown.
- The email icon is to send an email to the match. It may help
to find more by an internet research.
- The TiP square has probabilies about relationship. More
markers, more accuracy. But they are statistics.
- The pencil in a square is for your personal notes about that
- A blue tree means there are some genealogical data there but
it can be only the name.
- The list of Y-DNA tests follows, with sometimes a FF for a
From your dashboard under [MT-DNA - Results
Completed], select [Matches] to get your MT-DNA matches. The
common ancestor may be thousands years back but genealogical
records are mostly from 1600. Look for anyone under [Earliest
Ancestor] for a common mothers ancestor having a genetic distance
not too high. Then, if the name is in blue, click on this
name. If the name is in black, however, data are not shared.
There are 3 kinds of MT-DNA tests : HVR1,
HVR1+HVR2 and FMS.
- HVR1 is limited to the top of the chromosome.
- HVR2 is limited to the bottom but for researches in the
database, it is linked to HVR1.
- The full test is FMS and has a third part named CR for
You can make a search depending on the tset you
made. With an FMS, you can see up to 3 differences from your
results. For teh 2 other, an exact match is needed.
The same results as for the Y-DNA tests except the
TiP is not available.
Adding your signature