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Genetic family

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A genetic family (also known as a genetic group) is a term used to define a group of two or more men who have an identical, or near identical Y-STR haplotype (DNA signature) and who share a common or similarly spelt surname. A genetic family is created when matching Y-STR haplotypes are aggregated together. The results are often published on a surname DNA project website.[1][2][3]

Genetic families may also include men with dissimilar surnames to the rest of the family when it is suspected that a non-paternity event (surname switch) has occurred at some time in that man’s patriline (for example, due to adoption, illegitimacy, remarriage, etc).

See also


  1. Pomery C (2007). Family History in the Genes. London: The National Archives, p224.
  2. Meates S (2014). DNA for your ONS: tips and techniques. Journal of One-Name Studies April-June 2014, p6.
  3. Meates S (2013). Growing your DNA project: your first participants. Journal of One-Name Studies, October-December, Volume 11, Issue 8, pp6-7.