Gandy DNA

We are excited to begin our Gandy DNA project!

Gandys across America, England and other countries will be able to link their branches to discover common ancestors.

CLICK HERE to visit Family Tree DNA - Gandys

The first goal is to have at least one individual from each Gandy line now present in the United States. There are many folks that can trace their Gandy ancestry back to around 1790-1800 and can get no further. With enough test results we should be able to identify which of these lines are more closely related.

One specific goal is to find out if the North and South Carolina Gandys in the 1790s and 1800s were descendants of the New Jersey Gandys.

Branches that have been unsuccessful in connecting are encouraged to participate. We would like to verify which Gandy line they belong in. (* means we have at least one participant from this line the current participants in the Gandy DNA project are noted inside the brackets)
Brinkley Gandy who married Leah Nasworthy
David M. Gandy
Jackson Gandy
James Gandy who married Susanah Black
* James D. Gandy ~ (Oldest male Gandy known in the line of son John W. and male Gandy in the line of son Francis Marion.)
James R. Gandy
John Gandy 1820 AL/GA
* Jonathan Adam Gandy
Meshack Gandy
Samuel E. Gandy of S.C.
Samuel Gandy 1745
Thomas Gandy 1670
Please contact so we can add your line.

Another goal is to find common ancestors from the English Gandys and the American Gandys.

We would also like to verify if the Gandee lines are from Ganthers or if they are part of the Gandy branch.

Surnames in Project:
Gandee, Gandy, Ganther

Since a Surname Project in essence traces members of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA12, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA37, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname to be tested. Females can also order a test for themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of this test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.

To read more go to our DNA website: Gandy DNA at Family Tree


Anyone can participate by contributing to the General Fund. This fund helps encourage Gandy males to participate. Gandy descendants can contribute to the cost of testing, so that the Surname Project can sponsor all or a portion of the cost of a DNA test for those who cannot afford to participate. Often tests for key participants are sponsored. Anyone can contribute to the General Fund, which is administered by the Group Administrator. The funds are contributed directly to Family Tree DNA. Upon receipt, these funds are posted to the Surname Project's General Fund.

Donations are made directly to Family Tree DNA for the Surname Project General Fund by credit card (any currency), check (US dollar only), or Pay Pal (to, and specify XYZ Surname General Fund).

Using the General Fund feature at FamilyTreeDNA enables you to accept donations in any currency. In addition, using the Fund eliminates any doubt in people's minds about how their donation will be utilized. The General Fund can only be used to purchase tests at Family Tree DNA.

Contributions can be made "in memory of" or "in honor of" a specific person. On the page where you can make a donation, you can enter a person's name.

The Group Administrator has a selection on the Group Administrator Page called General Fund. Clicking on this selection will show all the transactions for the General Fund for the Surname Project. The transactions shown will be funds received by Family Tree DNA for the Surname Project General Fund and fund expenditures.

To make a contribution to the General Fund of any Surname Project, click on the link below:

If you would like to contribute to a certain Gandy branch please email and let us know which branch you are contributing to. Even small donations can add up to cover the cost of testing a critical participant.


Gandy Books does not receive any monies from these DNA tests. Our only profit is the information that will help us in linking our Gandy branches. The normal fee for a DNA test is about $300.00 because we formed a group the cost is a considerable savings of about $200.00. RETURN HOME