Family Tree DNA (Family Finder) Quick Reference Guide


Taking the Family Finder autosomal DNA test at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) can lead to new insights into your ancestral origins and genealogical connections. This guide explains the various kinds of results you get with FTDNA’s Family Finder test; how to navigate the website; and how to analyze your results to best answers questions about your family history and birth relatives.

Newly Updated Fall 2021.

Customer Reviews

Based on 132 reviews
June Butka

23andMe Quick Reference Guide

Jan Fiore
Clear and Concise Information & Step-by-Step Instructions

Also, I have been struggling to find solutions that don't rely on having BKMs. This is important to me as I have two genetic networks with no BKM, and a "mystery" grandfather I am hoping to find. I know how these matches are related to each other and have created trees to support it. This reference guide provided solutions for students in my situation through WATO/Bottoms Up, and they will be the tools I focus on next. Thanks. Jan Fiore

Michelle Mickelson
Variables - What to do if your family line does not fit the ideal profile?

This sheet is an extremely helpful reference to explain Diahan's process in abbreviated terms. I found the variables within the text particularly helpful to my genealogy problem. My Canadian Eastern European immigrant great-grandfather was an only child with no siblings lines to compare DNA, but he had eleven children. This guide helped me overcome that hurdle with a simple suggestion to "...move to a more recent generation and find a cousin on that line." I am now in the process of splitting the network using my Canadian Eastern European immigrant great-grandmother and her only sister's lines to tease out my paternal line matches.

Jalene Stewart

It is quite informative

Lynn Eggleston
Finding An Ancestor

Very helpful in easy to follow format. I have several missing ancestors I am looking forward to use the steps in the guide to unearth them.