Welcome to our new Devon DNA page

If you have taken a DNA test of any kind and you have Devon ancestors, have you joined the Devon DNA Project?

The Devon DNA Project group administrator is Debbie Kennett: debbiekennett@aol.com

If you would like to read or join in discussions about DNA, visit our DNA WWWBoard

Debbie is a Devon Family History Society member and she will be adding more information about tests, talks and links to DNA explanations and presentations on this page.

A presentation, Understanding Autosomal DNA testing…, is on YouTube.
In the Members’ Area: Speaker’s notes from the September 2015 Exeter Group meeting
If you are new to the idea of DNA testing, check out:
Debbie wrote an article for the Devon Family Historian:
A presentation, DNA for beginners, is available on YouTube.

Perhaps you have questions before you decide to have a test or you have received your test results but you don’t know what to do with all those numbers.

Other useful articles may be found here


A list of Debbie’s forthcoming lectures can be found here

The Devon DNA project

The Devon DNA project is a Y-DNA and mtDNA geographical project for everyone with patrilineal or matrilineal ancestry from the English county of Devon. Participants can order either a Y-DNA (Y-chromosome) test to find out about their patriline (your father, your father’s father, your father’s father’s father, etc) or a mitochondrial DNA test to learn about their matriline (your mother, your mother’s mother, your mother’s mother’s mother, etc). The only requirement for joining the project is that participants must have a documented paper trail to Devon on the patriline for the Y-DNA test or on the matriline line for the mtDNA test. The project also welcomes participants who have taken the Family Finder autosomal DNA test. To qualify for the project with a Family Finder test you must have documented Devon ancestry on at least one branch of your family tree within the last five generations.