Welcome to the McKenna & Variations Y- DNA Surname Project
This has been prepared for participants who have joined the project and have ordered their DNA test. If you have not already done so, and are interested in the project, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
This web page contains several links. Please save this web page so you can refer back to it from time to time.
YOUR ANCESTRY INFORMATION - We will work with you directly, by email,
for the project's web site information. You have final approval of what is on the
web - names of living persons will not be included unless you request it (some
participants have web sites and want their links there). If you have not
already provided this information, see below for
HOW TO TAKE THE TEST- while you wait for your kit, review these guidelines:
AFTER you send in your kit, please review:
AFTER you receive your results read:
Also, as soon as time permits, we will add the results to our web site page and contact you by email to discuss the results.
McKenna Y-DNA Home Page is at this link: McKenna Y-DNA Home Page
Your results - and any matches - are on your personal page at FTDNA.
Group assignment and results are added to our project site as soon as time permits:
All new results also immediately appear on FTDNA’s “public” McKenna page but there is no color coding, etc. FTDNA does not assign family groups (your group administrators do that):
When ALL results are in, be sure to upload
to YSearch and explore other Y base options:
HOT TOPICS - When something is "hot" (for example, new
tests at FTDNA) - check this link:
FAMILY TREE DNA - They have many links with more information. You
will also have personal pages there - you will need your kit number and pass
code to see them - they will send the pass code when your DNA sample is
returned. Important: If something
happens to the project administrators (all volunteers), and/or our web site
project, you will still have everything you need there. And you can always
write to them and ask questions - you are their customer!
You might want to start with the Newbie list sponsored by ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy). Now days, the RootsWeb list is a bit top heavy with ancient ancestry posts (haplogroups and SNP tests) but newcomers are welcome.
MORE DNA Links
Most of the above links (and more) are at:
McKenna Y-DNA Project Administrators
Georgia Kinney Bopp (
Gerard Mc Kenna (
Peter McKenna (
We need your direct line McKenna ancestry from the earliest known McKenna down to you (the participant). You will have final approval of what is on the web - names of living persons will not be included on the site unless you request it (some participants have web sites and want their links there). You may provide this in any format and we will adapt it as needed for the web page.
Here are links to two examples:
You can see other examples by going to the Results page and clicking on the link in the surname column.
When your results are in you can also submit a GEDCOM to FTDNA and to Ysearch.
If you are new to genealogy, let us know (and check out these TIPS). Some of our researchers may be able to help you. Some participants begin with extensive information while others only have information back to their grandparents
GEDCOM (gedcom) is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications.
If you are new to genealogy and do not know what a gedcom is, do not worry about that.
A gedcom can only be created if you are using a genealogy program. It is a flexible and uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data, and allows you to share files with other researchers who may not use the same genealogy program that you do.
You do not have to use a genealogy program, and do not need a gedcom, to participant in our Y-DNA study.
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GKBopp - Revised 4 October 2006