The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Chris Pomery.
Like so many great technological innovations, the use of Y-chromosome DNA testing to unravel the history of a surname was invented in Britain…and commercialised in the USA.
Since the very first published surname project, on the Sykes surname back in the year 2000, the number of Y-chromosome test results has risen to several hundreds of thousands worldwide. FTDNA alone has 165,000 in its database, many within the more than 5,500 surname-based projects registered on its site. In just over a decade we’ve gone from one surname project to a point where a significant percentage of surnames of Western European origin are included within a registered DNA project. And more are being created every day.