McKenna Y-DNA

McKenna Y-DNA Project Participants  
page includes links to ancestry information

McKenna Y-DNA Results  (also known as DYS numbers, markers) and Other Information are off site at:
Y-DNA Testing

A DNA surname project involves the Y chromosome testing of males who share the same surname; only males have a Y chromosome. For hundreds of years the Y chromosome has been passed from father to son unchanged except for very infrequent mutations. The test result is a series of numbers (also known as DYS numbers, markers), called a haplotype. By comparing your numbers to others with your surname you can determine with a high degree of probability if you share a common ancestor; the results do not tell you exactly how you are related. A single test is useless - it must be compared to others carrying the same surname and used in conjunction with traditional research (e.g., pedigree/ancestor chart, etc.). In addition to testing, we need information (e.g., pedigree chart) on each participant's line of descent from the earliest known male ancestor. This helps to identify the various unconnected lines.

Project Background

Participants test with a company (usually FTDNA) and have a business relationship with that company.  Project administrators are unpaid volunteers and are not employees of FTDNA.  FTDNA assists the volunteer administrators by providing reports, etc. FTDNA also provides a group testing rate to participants who order through the project. The web site you are reading now was created and is maintained by a volunteer admin and may not always be completely up to date. Participants who tested with FTDNA should always remember that they are customers of FTDNA and their matches always appear on their personal pages. Participants must keep their email current at their FTDNA personal page (and at Ysearch).  

Test results for FTDNA customers are always current at   However, the subgroups are assigned by the volunteer administrator.  FTDNA labels new results as "Unassigned," where they remain until the volunteer project administrator assigns them.  Even if the results appear as "Unassigned" on the public FTDNA results page, each participant who tests with FTDNA can see his matches at his personal page at all times.

How Participants are Grouped
FTDNA labels new results as "Unassigned," where they remain until the volunteer project administrator assigns them.  Even if the results appear as "Unassigned" on the public FTDNA results page, each participant who tests with FTDNA can see his matches at his personal page at all times. The order within each group has no special significance (FTDNA's method assumes all results are one large number, then sorts by numerical order). 

How To Join This Project

If you have not tested with any company and wish to order a test kit, first read the above FAQ links, then send a join request to FTDNA:
This request will be forwarded to the project admin for followup.

If you tested with FTDNA (but are not in our project) or with the Genographic Project, please state that on your join request - another test will not be necessary.

If you tested with a company other than FTDNA or the Genographic Project, please enter your data in Ysearch and then use the above join request link (even though it is at FTDNA).  Include your Ysearch User ID in your join request. 

The Volunteer Project Administrators

In 2002 when Georgia Kinney Bopp began the Kinney/McKinney project a female McKenna asked to join (using a male relative's DNA). Georgia agreed to include McKennas until a McKenna descendant was able to take charge. Later Robert McKenna started a McKenna project but due to time constraints was not able to recruit more McKennas. In 2006 other McKennas (in Ireland and Australia) expressed a desire to assist with recruitment. One of them, Gerry Mc Kenna of Ireland, agreed to serve as a project administrator and Georgia agreed to serve as co-admin for a limited period of time.