Group Project members have the ability to assign access levels for their Group Project Administrators and Co-Administrators. Assigned on the member's Project Preferences page, these access levels determine what member information an administrator can view and in some cases, modify.
The following explains the three administrator access levels and the permissions granted at each level.
Please note that, in this topic, all references to Group Project Administrator and administrator include Group Project Co-Administrator unless otherwise noted.
Minimum - Required
Minimum (required) is the most limited access level. You must assign at least this level of access to be a member of a project.
This access level permits the administrator(s) to access administration tools that allow them to view certain results in relation to how you match other project members. This access level does not allow the administrator to visit your actual FamilyTreeDNA account/kit pages. They will only be able to view the information listed in the below table on the project administration pages where they manage their project:
|Project Administration Report Page*||Viewable Information|
(viewable by Group Administrators, co-administrators, and other project members in multiple locations)
|Maternal and Paternal Ancestry||
|Pending and Received Lab Results||
|Received and Unreceived Kits||
|Family Finder™ Group Matrix||
|Family Finder™ Group Report||
|mtDNA Results Classic||
|Y-DNA Genetic Distance||
|Y-DNA Results Classic||
|Y-DNA Results Colorized||
*These pages are only accessible by administrators and co-administrators unless otherwise noted.
Limited (Recommended) and Advanced
Limited is the recommended access level. This level of access permits the administrator(s) to visit and view certain information on your FamilyTreeDNA account/kit pages in order to assist with kit management and to better facilitate project research. Additionally, this access level includes all of the permissions granted with the Minimum access level.
For more information on the permissions granted with this level, see the below Limited and Advanced Access table.
Advanced access permits the administrator(s) to visit, view, and modify certain information on your FamilyTreeDNA account/kit pages in order to assist with kit management and better facilitate project research. Additionally, this access level includes all of the permissions granted with the Limited access level.
The Advanced access level is designed to allow an individual administrator to fully manage a project member’s kit and function on their behalf. This includes ordering products and modifying information with the exceptions of the primary email address and project preferences for other Group Projects.
The following table lists your FamilyTreeDNA account/kit pages and the corresponding limitations and permissions granted to the administrator with the Limited and Advanced access levels.
Note: In addition to the personal information mentioned below, administrators for Group Projects of which you are a member and to whom you have assigned Limited or Advanced access and administrators to whom your matches have granted Limited or Advanced access, will be able to view your profile, match information (e.g., Common Matches, Genetic Distances, and Shared Segments) and some Genetic Information (e.g., genetic markers and ethnicity information).
Limited and Advanced
|Project Member Account/Kit Page||Limited (Recommended)
|Complete Order History||Yes||Yes|
Products and Upgrades
(Ability to purchase tests or upgrades
for group member)
|Family Finder Raw Data Download||No||Yes|
|Family Finder Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Download Family Finder Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder Linked Relationship||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder Chromosome Browser||Yes||Yes|
|Download Family Finder Chromosome Browser||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder myOrigins||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder Shared Origins||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder ancientOrigins||Yes||Yes|
|Family Finder Matrix||Yes||Yes|
|Population Finder Survey||No||Yes|
|Family Finder Advanced Matches||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Download Matches||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA View Matches||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Ancestral Origins||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Matches Maps||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Migration Maps||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Haplogroup Origins||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Download FASTA||No||Yes|
|mtDNA View Results||Yes||Yes|
|mtDNA Advanced Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA and Big Y|
|Y-DNA Download Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA View Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Ancestral Origins||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Haplotree & SNPs||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA SNPs Download||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Matches Maps||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Migration Maps||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA SNP Map||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Haplogroup Origins||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA Download Y-STR Results||Yes||Yes|
|Y-DNA View Y-STR Results||Yes||Yes|
|Big Y Results||Yes||Yes|
|Big Y Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Big Y BAM File Download||No||Yes|
|Big Y Download VCF||No||Yes|
|Y-DNA Advanced Matches||Yes||Yes|
|Individual Autosomal Markers||Yes||Yes|
|Contact Information||No||Yes (except primary email)|
|Change Password||No||Yes (must know the current password to change it)|
|Earliest Known Ancestors||Yes||Yes|
|Privacy & Sharing||No||Yes|
|Join a Project||Yes||Yes|
* An administrator granted Advanced access has the ability to modify permissions for administrators in other projects who have Limited or Minimal Required access; however, they cannot grant Advanced access to or remove Advanced access from any other administrator or co-administrator. Additionally, administrators granted Advanced access by a member can, on the member’s behalf, leave other projects with the exception of those having administrators who also have Advanced access.