Membership Eligibility & Qualification Requirements
Taylor Family Genes has found it necessary to institute more restrictive
requirements for project membership. These requirements will apply effective February 1, 2014.
Effective immediately, project membership will no longer be granted
automatically upon request. It shall require an application (Join Request) to be
reviewed by project administration for compliance with membership criteria and
approved or denied.
Reasons for Requirements
Taylor Family Genes is a surname DNA project. Because the surname is
paternally and thus associated with Y chromosomes, our central focus is on
Y-DNA haplotypes. We seek to identify and link Taylors with their direct
We recognize that direct paternal lineage represents only a small fraction of
anyone's ancestors. However under current genetic technology, this fraction is the only portion specifically
identifiable by surname and Y-DNA haplotype.
Membership Criteria: Eligibility & Qualifications
Membership in Taylor Family Genes is a privilege.
The administrative team shall set such eligibility criteria and qualifications
for membership as it deems
will best meet the project's goals. Presently, these include:
DNA Test Members must have DNA results in the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) database.
The results may be from a test performed by FTDNA or transferred to FTDNA from another test
- Y-DNA STR results are preferred, but other types of DNA tests may be accepted.
A test of 37 or more STR markers is always acceptable; lesser
STR tests may be accepted at the discretion of project
- Prospective members may have a FTDNA test on order. In the event, the prospective member does not
complete the test -- or results are withheld from the database for any reason -- the
membership, if granted, shall be removed.
- Tests from other providers from FTDNA may meet this requirement
if transferred to the FTDNA database.
To be approved for membership, an applicant shall meet at least one of
- Bear the Taylor surname.
- Demonstrate a direct paternal or maternal lineage bearing the Taylor surname
through genealogical, genetic or other means.
- Demonstrate a high-quality Y-DNA match with a person bearing the Taylor surname. The match shall be
reviewed by administration as to project's match criteria. OR
- Demonstrate, to the satisfaction of project administration, a sincere belief that a direct paternal or maternal
ancestor bore or may have born the Taylor surname.
Direct Paternal or Maternal Relationship
An indirect relationship (e.g., your father's mother or mother's
father) does not meet the Taylor relationship requirement.
- Paternal -- You, your father, his father, his father's father, his
father's father's father, etc.
- Maternal -- You, your mother, her mother, her mother's mother, etc.
Access to Results
Project administration shall have access to the DNA test results for analysis and comparison
with other project members
- Members shall consent to release of results to the FTDNA database. Failure to consent
to release shall be grounds for
- Results shall be compatible with FTDNA test panels for 37 or more
Members who fail to comply in a timely manner with the
responsibilities outlined below may be removed (dropped) from membership.
There shall be no dues or fees assessed to members. However, voluntary donations may be solicited for
advancing project goals.
Members may join other projects and are encouraged to do so when applicable.
Genetic genealogy is a cooperative and collaborative endeavor. Members are expected to actively
participate in the project and with each other.
Project members shall actively participate in project activities and membership may be removed for
failure to participate.
- Members shall enter their most distant (earliest known) ancestor information on their personal
My FTDNA pages. The information shall include the ancestor's full name and birth and death information
(year, county and state or country).
- A member need not provide information for an ancestor still living.
If the earliest known ancestor is living, enter "Living"
with the surname and no birth or death information, e.g.,
- A member need only provide what he or she knows. If no
ancestors are known (e.g., an adoptee) enter "Unknown" with no
surname or birth or death information.
- Members are encouraged to submit a Taylor lineage outline to project administration
with the understanding that it will be published on the project website with their
name and contact information.
- Members shall maintain current contact information on their
personal My FTDNA pages.
- Members shall respond in a timely manner to communications from other embers and shall respond
to queries from project administration.
- Members are encouraged and expected to continue genealogical
research after joining the project and to update their genealogical
Project administration may remove (drop) a member for any of the following causes:
- Failure to comply with test requirements, e.g., returning sample kit or
paying for test.
- Failure to consent to release of information.
- Failure to provide genealogical information.
- Failure to respond or discourteous response to communication by project
administration or other project members.
In the event a member becomes unable to comply with participation requirements,
project administration may excuse a member from these requirements.
Members are encouraged to designate a "beneficiary" to manage their FTDNA
accounts when they are no long able to.