We’re trying to determine how your line intersects with other lines. If you and your cousins were the only people having your DNA signature, it would make things a lot easier, but we all descend from the same ancient ancestors, and some of us have, over time, come to have the same DNA signatures even though we don’t share a recent common ancestor. There are undoubtedly other people living today who have your same DNA signature — there might even be hundreds or thousands of people with it.
We need other information to help us tie your line in with the other lines. For example, if a man named Bob Smith is a match to your DNA signature, the fact that he has a different surname means that match probably occurred randomly over thousands of years and you’re not really related. But if you share the same surname, or if your ancestors lived at the same time and in the same place, or if your paternal ancestors’ shared a convention of giving similar names to their children as another line you match, the odds you are related increase. Even if your line were the only one that had your DNA signature, we’d still need help from traditional sources as we work to sort out which branch you belong to.
The most basic piece of information we need is your pedigree. Once the DNA and your pedigree indicate the likelihood of a relationship, then you and other researchers can have a better idea of where to look for more information on your family ties.
The most preferred way is to export a gedcom file from your genealogy program and email it to the Administrator. If you don’t use a genealogy program, a copy of a pedigree chart will work (please remember that the administrator has to enter all of your data). The Administrator can also take genealogy information in the native file formats from the following programs: Family Origins; FamilyTreeMaker, PAF and RootsMagic.
- Cloud DNA Home.
- Why DNA - Ways in which DNA can help genealogical research.
- Goals - The reasons we're using this tool and what we expect from it.
- Guidelines - The procedures used and how to participate.
- FAQ - Answers to the most common questions about the use of DNA in genealogy.
- DNA Basics - A brief introduction to DNA and how it is used in genealogy.
- The DNA Lab - Information about the testing service that performs our DNA tests.
- The DNA Test - How the DNA sample is taken and what is done with it.
- We need You - Why we need you to join the Project.
- Project Rules - The simple requirements for successful participation.
- Registration - The Registration Form.
- Submit Pedigree - Submit your Pedigree Information.
- What to expect from your Y-DNA test:
- Cloud DNA Project Results:
- Interesting and informative web sites.
- FTDNA Site Map - A useful guide to our testing company's web site.
- * Anyone descended from a Cloud family can join the Project.
- Participation is not restricted to Cloud Family Association members.
- * The Y-STR CLOUD Surname Project can only use data from men who are a descendant through the male-only line of a CLOUD male ancestor.
- Your pedigree is required to facilitate comparison and analysis of your data.
- See "Project Rules" for eligibility.