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Devon DNA project

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Devon DNA project
Additional Project Information
DNA type(s) used Y-DNA, mtDNA and Family Finder
Founded March 2009
Project size 760+
Geographic areas Devon, England
Requirements Documented Devon ancestry

The Devon DNA project is a geographical project which is open to anyone who has patrilineal or matrilineal ancestry originating in the English county of Devon. Participants must have documentary proof of their link with Devon. The project is hosted at Family Tree DNA. The project collects Y-DNA and mtDNA results along with autosomal results from the FTDNA Family Finder test.


The project was established on 17th March 2009. By the end of March 2010 the project had already attracted over 100 participants. By January 2013 the project had over 250 participants.


To qualify for membership of the project prospective participants must provide proof of their origins in Devon. Deep-rooted lines from America where the only connection with Devon is in the 1500s or 1600s are specifically excluded because of the problems in verifying these pedigrees. The majority of the participants live in the UK, but the project also has members living in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. The project is currently only able to accept results from people who have been tested at Family Tree DNA.

Further reading

  • Kennett D. DNA testing and the Devon DNA Project. Devon Family Historian, number 135, August 2010, pp15-18.
  • Kennett D. Devon DNA Project. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. Autumn 2009.

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