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Wessex DNA Project

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Wessex DNA project
Gareth Henson
Mike Sainsbury
Wessex DNA Project
Additional Project Information
DNA type(s) used Y-DNA, mtDNA and Family Finder
Founded December 2005 Relaunched March 2022
Project size 130+
Geographic areas Wessex, England
Requirements Documented Wessex ancestry
Notes Image: Frédéric Vincent
CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Wessex DNA project is a geographical project hosted by FamilyTreeDNA for everyone with an ancestral line originating in the heartlands of the ancient English kingdom of Wessex. For the purposes of this project this is defined as the historic (pre 1974) counties of Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. You MUST have a documented paper trail to an ancestor who was born or resident in these counties in or around the early to mid 1800s. Please note that the project scope does not include lines which emigrated to North America before 1775.


The project was started in December 2005 with the aim of finding links between people of different surnames who have ancestors from the same part of rural England. The project was relaunched in March 2022 with a new administrator and clearer membership criteria.


This project is open to anyone with ancestry originating in the ancient English kingdom of Wessex. Participants must have a documented paper trail to a Wessex ancestor in or around the early to mid 1800s from Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire or Berkshire. Male members should have a YDNA test (ideally at least Y37) and may also have mtDNA or Family Finder test results. Female members should have mtDNA or Family Finder test results. If you have tested at AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA or 23andMe you can transfer your data to FamilyTreeDNA so that you can participate in the Family Finder database and join the Wessex DNA Project.

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Contact Information

To contact the project administrator, click on his name from the project's website for the email address.