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Welcome to the Anderson & Andersen Family DNA Project

What we do

This project is an ongoing DNA Study of the Anderson surname and its variants. We encourage all Anderson males to participate in this study. We have about 850 members and have steadily grown since our beginnings in April 2003. We expect to continue our growth in the coming months and years.

DNA alone will not provide you with a family history. DNA is a tool used along side the genealogy paper trail. To use this tool to its fullest advantage you should know information about your family history. If you're not in contact with other Anderson researchers, find them. Communication is the key to learning about the Anderson surname and helping others do the same.

Our desire is that this project will help to provide you the evidence needed to make breakthroughs in extending lineages that have stumped you for years. This project has done that for many of our members. Folks who have a DNA match with another member may not know where the connection or the common ancestor lies, but we are working diligently to find answers.

Our Beginnings

This project began in April 2003 by Herb Anderson and others who were interested in learning more about their Anderson connection through DNA. Herb served as Project Administrator, Website Coordinator, Welcome Administrator and as of January 2015 has retired from his volunteer service with us. We will be hearing from him occasionally, though.

Darlene Anderson is the Project Administrator and webmaster; David Pitts is Co-Administrator and serves as the DNA Administrator; MaryLu Hudson is the Family History & Genealogy Administrator and serves as the Welcome Administrator. We are all volunteers of this project and not employees of Family Tree DNA or The project continues to use Family Tree DNA as our DNA testing company. They have proved to be invaluable to those of us who aren't DNA experts., and in particular Terry Barton, offered us the use of a program that assembles our members in their predicted Haplogroup and Sub-Group. We thank him as this is also an invaluable asset to our project.


The family photograph above, to the right, was contributed by David Pitts for the family of Billy Ray Anderson.