When she got the results, Falls was surprised to learn the DNA didn’t match any other Falls in the company’s database. Instead, it was a perfect match with several members of the Allen/Allan Surname Project <www.allenfamilies.com> This triggered a relative’s memory: The family’s surname had indeed once been Allen. “Delia Falls didn’t marry Mr. Allen,” Falls says. “So the DNA is Allen, but the named stayed Falls.”
2. Connect with genetic cousins.
3. Break through brick walls.
4. Prove or disprove a theory.
5. Uncover a place of origin.
6. Confirm traditional research.
The first step to joining a surname project is, of course, finding one covering the name you’re researching. Each of the following websites has an index of projects for thousands of surnames. Also try a Google <google.com> search on your last name and DNA surname study.
Ancestry.com DNA Groups
Cyndi’s List: Surname DNA Studies and Projects
DNA Heritage Surname Projects
Family Tree DNA Surname Projects
Worldfamilies.net Surname Projects
Genealogy Insider blog: Genetic Genealogy
Demystifying DNA testing
December 2009 Family Tree Magazine: Complete Guide to Genetic Genealogy