Smith Official DNA & One Name Study Project
Smith DNA Official Project-All Locations-A FamilyTreeDNA Project
|How Do I Compare my Family Finder/Autosomal Results on the Smith DNA Project?|
The Smith project is a surname project for the Smith/Schmidt/Smyth/Smitt/Smithers/Smithson and variations surname. For DNA comparison, we use YDNA, which requires that the participant is or has a tester that is a male Smith whose father is a Smith whose father is a Smith, or, if adopted or otherwise, unknown, has strong matches on multiple markers (past 12) with other Smiths testing via YDNA.
If you have done Family Finder or Autosomal testing, you can still participate in the project by sending your tree. For those that have done autosomal tests via other vendors than FTDNA, we do not do uploads on the Smiths project site, but you can upload your results to FamilyTreeDNA for comparison via a 3rd party transfer. The main reason we do not do uploads to the Smith site is that autosomal is truly a DNA entity in which you compare with everyone in a given system, not simply those with the Smith surname. Since ONLY Smith, Schmidt, Smyth, etc join the Smith project, we do not have access to everyone in the system. Also, even if we did, the resources that would be required to try to do matching would simply be outdone by the great utility that FamilyTreeDNA has to look for matches. If you have a known Smith match that you have found via autosomal testing, send us the information and we will list it as a notes field (that is information about the Smith, not the markers). Also we have expanded the matched group listings to include affiliated members that are presumed to be a match with known YDNA testers on the basis of a paper trail. We also have a report we have created where you can, once you have done the legwork of checking matches and confirming through collaborative research with others what your Smith match is, list it(them).
So, bottom line. Send your direct lineage that includes Smith to us for listing on the TNG (tree) side, and then, if you did autosomal testing with another vendor than FTDNA, upload your results to FTDNA for comparison.(6/4/2014 Views 184)
For the Smith Official DNA Project (All Locations) a minimum of 25, or better, 37 YDNA markers, is strongly recommended. Many times one can appear to match other kits but the match falls apart after 12 markers. We do not attempt to match kits into groups on less than 25 with the exception of a strong paper trail or known family kinship with another tester.