NMGS DNA Project
The New Mexico Genealogical Society’s DNA Project is hosted by FamilyTreeDNA. Our mission is to validate genealogies tracing back to their known origin in New Mexico using Y-DNA and mtDNA testing.
New Mexico settlements occurred in different waves, sometimes in large groups or smaller families, thus resulting in settlers coming at different times. Some genealogies have paper trail road blocks; some are traceable all the way back to the 1598 Oñate settlement, while others can only trace to the Reconquest, Mexican or Territorial periods. Some lineages are also traceable to known Native American ancestors.
Miguel A. Tórrez
ABOUT Y-DNA & mtDNA TESTING
Y-DNA and mtDNA testing is a tool that can help confirm or distinguish branches of the same surname, and help these road blocks by possibly linking them to surname lineages or family branches that have been confirmed using the paper trail/DNA process. The project requires that a participant submit a genealogy for the lineage tested, Y-DNA or mtDNA. Our project has well known genealogists and volunteers that assist in researching, validating and finalizing genealogies.
FAMILY FINDER: AUTOSOMAL TEST
A person who only tests a Family Finder CAN NOT JOIN the project.
A person who only has Family Finder results from FTDNA can easily upgrade to a Y-DNA or mtDNA test (or both) and become eligible for the benefits our project offers. The results of this test (also known as “autosomal” testing) contain inherited DNA from BOTH of your parents that are passed down through the generations.
All people that appear on the results list are cousins, from one side or the other, and some are more distant than others, determined by the cM (centiMorgan number).
THE PROJECT'S GOAL
The project’s goal is to use the genealogies and DNA results to better understand New Mexican ancestry by managing them in a database listing last known ancestors for the lines tested. To accomplish this, the project is designed to be open with sharing genealogies and DNA results. This in turn helps New Mexico genetic genealogy as a whole. If a participant does not adhere to the JOIN and GENEALOGY forms requirement, the admin has the right to remove them from the project.
Please find the links to the forms and applications and follow the requirements in the sidebar to the right.
It is not a requirement that a participant is an NMGS member but it is highly recommended as we are here to serve you and becoming a member has many advantages. We are the society that has been serving New Mexico genealogy since 1960.