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Old 7th April 2014, 12:12 PM
mebrowndfw mebrowndfw is offline
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I thought I read somewhere that one might be able to have a group created in order to be able to view all of the kits that one manages. Is this still an available option?

I have several family members tested here, and will be adding more, and it's going to get quite cumbersome to track each individually. I seem to be the only one in my family interested in such things.

Thank you.

Michael
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Old 7th April 2014, 02:19 PM
prairielad prairielad is offline
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I believe you still can through following link

https://www.familytreedna.com/project-application.aspx

"I am a Family Tree DNA customer and I would like to start a new DNA project."
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Old 7th April 2014, 03:07 PM
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Thank you VERY much!
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Old 23rd June 2014, 11:23 PM
khuebner khuebner is offline
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It makes life a lot easier to handle them all via a project--by all means do it that way!
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Old 4th December 2016, 06:04 PM
GenealogyKeeper GenealogyKeeper is offline
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Interested in how a project makes it easier to manage a family group

Hi There,

I have been thinking about starting a family group project for the kits I manage for my immediate family and also including those who match us closely if they would like to join.

Can you give me a little more information on how it helps manage them? Is it that communications to all members is easier or are there other benefits? Can you have a private activity feed to share information?

What are the benefits for people who match that join the project? I think this would be for atDNA matches, although I've tested both mtDNA and YDNA.

Just want to understand what having a project adds that will help me. I'm starting to triangulate the atDNA results in my two lines, and anything that makes that easier is a good thing ;-)

Also, I would appreciate any advice from others who run small groups that you wish you had been told when you were starting or what you have learned after running them for a while.

One specific question is should I have a separate project for my maternal and paternal lines or is it better to put them all in the same project?

I'm sure there are others out there who would be interested and helped by the information!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 6th December 2016, 12:16 PM
mattn mattn is offline
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Hi There,

I have been thinking about starting a family group project for the kits I manage for my immediate family and also including those who match us closely if they would like to join.

Can you give me a little more information on how it helps manage them? Is it that communications to all members is easier or are there other benefits? Can you have a private activity feed to share information?

What are the benefits for people who match that join the project? I think this would be for atDNA matches, although I've tested both mtDNA and YDNA.

Just want to understand what having a project adds that will help me. I'm starting to triangulate the atDNA results in my two lines, and anything that makes that easier is a good thing ;-)

Also, I would appreciate any advice from others who run small groups that you wish you had been told when you were starting or what you have learned after running them for a while.

One specific question is should I have a separate project for my maternal and paternal lines or is it better to put them all in the same project?

I'm sure there are others out there who would be interested and helped by the information!

Thanks in advance!
I think the main advantage at starting a family project is just the convenience of having one login and password for managing your kits. You can join the kits you administer into your project and then enable full access to view and make changes to those accounts as if you were logged into that account individually. You can also invite those you wish to your project. There is a public profile option where you can turn on the project activity feed, you can make this public or private as well as the results (mtDNA and/or Y-DNA).

As far as autosomal comparisons I like using the matrix under the "Genetic Reports" to be able to see the cM's that selected project members share at a glance. Also with the same matrix you can get a list of "in common with" matches between any members of your project even if those selected project members don't match each other. The in common with feature seems to be broke right now as is the "advanced matching" tools but when working are also very useful.

I would say it would be best to have one project instead of multiple projects. Now if you are focusing on the Y-DNA of a specific surname and no such project exists you should have a separate project for that but otherwise for simplicity sake I would just have one project. If you do have another surname project you manage already join your Family Finder project under the same GAP account that you use for your surname project so again all your projects will be within that same login, you can just go from one project to the other within GAP from the drop-down box.
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Old 8th December 2016, 01:24 PM
GenealogyKeeper GenealogyKeeper is offline
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Thank you Mattn!

I can definitely see the advantages in what you layout; it will facilitate a holistic approach to determining our ancestors and approaching matches. I don't plan on duplicating the YDNA surname projects, my admin knows what he is doing and is both very knowledgeable and responsive.

Since there isn't an advantage to splitting my maternal and paternal lines into separate groups, I'll keep in simple and just request one.

Thanks again!
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