The first post described Getting Started on the web site. The second post described Reading the Markers - seeing my 20 Y-DNA markers for the first time. In Post 3: GeneBase Family Tree I uploaded my family tree to Genebase and showed the results. Post 4: GeneBase Possible Matches looked for other people who might match my Y-DNA markers in the Genebase database.
In this post, I'm going to look for possible matches in the FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) database. FTDNA has the largest Y-DNA database online, and hosts thousands of Y-DNA Surname Projects. I went to the www.FamilyTreeDNA.com home page:
I clicked on the Projects tab in the menu line, and this screen appeared:
I put my surname, SEAVER, in the Search box in the top right corner of the page and clicked on Search. The screen below appeared:
There is one Surname Project that has SEAVER as one of the surnames associated with a Project:
I clicked on the link to the Project and the Sevier Project appeared. Note that it has a different URL - www.worldfamilies.net/sevier/
At this point, I could apply to be invited to join the Sevier Surname Project on FamilyTreeDNA. I sent an email to the Project Administrator requesting to be included. I'm still waiting (it's been one week). I cannot input my Y-DNA markers in for comparison to the project until I am officially a member of the project with my own user ID. However, I can look at the Y-DNA markers of the persons in the Sevier Y-DNA Project (I clicked on Y-Results in the top menu) and saw:
There are 16 persons in the Sevier Y-DNA surname project, grouped by probable common ancestor (different colors). I wrote my 20 Y-DNA markers on a piece of paper, and then wrote the corresponding values from the other project persons. The closest genetic match I found was 11 markers out of 16; the second closest was 10 out of 16.