Quick Tip – How to Unjoin a Project at Family Tree DNA

Oops!  Did you accidentally join a project at Family Tree DNA in error, or just need to do some housekeeping?

Some folks think that only project administrators can remove people from projects, but people can unjoin themselves – and don’t have to wait on the administrator.

Removing yourself from a Family Tree DNA project is easy. Just click on the Projects tab, at the top right of your personal page, then on “Manage my projects.”

You will then see a list of the projects you have joined where you are currently a member. Click to enlarge the graphic below.

At the far right, you can click on “Leave Project” to unjoin yourself from the project.

The next screen you will see asks you to provide a reason for leaving.

Type something in the box, but please be nice – administrators are all volunteers – then click submit.

Understand that your reason is sent to the administrator, but they have no avenue to reply to you after you have left the project. So don’t expect to hear from them, because they can’t.  If you have a question for the admins or a discussion item, prior to leaving, just send them an e-mail.

Easy peasy!!

If you’re looking for how to select and join a project, you might enjoy How to Join a DNA Project.


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11 thoughts on “Quick Tip – How to Unjoin a Project at Family Tree DNA

  1. As always, thanks Roberta for all your great blogs!

    As a Project Administrator myself, I do save to Excel a list from the download available to administrators on the Project administration page of all members about once a month. This then gives me the email address for those who may leave and I am able to contact them if need be.

    Karin Corbeil

  2. Love your posts Roberta! I’m in a project which hasn’t helped me at all. It seems useless and I’m left wondering why!

  3. I think about determining my patrilineal haplogroup. I know I can begin from taking Y37 test from FTDNA or YSEQ-Alpha-Beta panel that will estimate my haplogroup and then I could take Y-SNP tests from YSEQ or other companies to get more details about my haplogroup and the terminal snp. But I would like to know if there is a possiblity to begin directly from taking Y-SNP tests without starting from Y-STR test and get to the terminal snp? If yes, what would be the best way to do that?

      • My goal is to determine my Y-haplogroup with the most distant branch to which I can be mapped. I am not interested in finding or identifying genetic cousins and relations. I know Y-STR test (e.g. Y-37 from FTDNA) would be a good starting point because they predict/estimate a haplogroup, but I wonder if I can skip this stage and begin with taking some Y-SNP tests to determine my haplogroup (e.g. YSEQ has a great choice of snps to offer). The population I belong to has a known distribution of frequencies of haplogroups, so I assume my haplogroup may be one of the most common in my population. Checking that most common snp marker I would know if I have it or not. If I have it, I can continue taking Y-SNP tests down the tree until I get the most distant branch. If I don’t have that most common marker I would take the second most common marker and check it. Is it a reasonable way to find haplogroups without taking Y-STR tests?

        • If you wish. But you can spend a whole lot of money and frustration in that way. That’s not how I would do it. I would STR test and look at the haplogroups of my closest matches and go from there. Or just do the comprehensive scan test.

  4. What, exactly, is supposed to happen in these projects? I am in three, and nothing seems to be going on in any of them. One has two administrators AND two co-administrators — all four of whom I’ve e-mailed personally and never gotten so much as a “hello” in response!

    • Different projects have different goals. Checking the project profile might yield information about the project itself. If you have issues contacting administrators, contact Family Tree DNA. They are all volunteers and sometimes circumstances change. Many originally volunteered 17 years ago.

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