DNA Project

This page is being revised as we collect current information to post here of the various DNA options for genealogical research. It is a broad field with many options and can become overwhelming for the novice. We hope to create a step-by-step guide with appropriate links, up-to-date cost estimates, and benefits of various optional testing. Please continue to check back as these pages are revised.

We encourage anyone who believes that they have a male ancestry (father’s father’s father’s, etc., father) back to a man with the surname Vance to test a Vance male Y-DNA in your line with Family Tree DNA [FTDNA] and add their test results to the project database.  Our administrators are available to help you with that analysis and will help assign you to the appropriate Vance DNA Group.

The VFA has been involved with, and has been encouraging our members to participate in Y-DNA testing for over 10 years. There are to date over 250 Y-DNA test results posted on the Vance Project Y-DNA site at Family-Tree DNA. Our DNA Administrator, Dave Vance, has taken our first DNA Administrator, Adam Bradford’s original work, and enlarged upon it creating 16 related Groups. All participants within a Group are genetic cousins, which obviously opens up additional avenues of potential discovery.

You can see the current groupings on the Project Results webpages here:


For the charts, click on the left “DNA Results.”

Our current knowledge of these Y-DNA Groups is available on the VFA’s blog at this link.  We are continually revising this analysis and as the details change please check back here for an updated overview and current links.

The Vance surname across the world today is found mainly in English-speaking countries like Australia, the UK and Ireland, Canada, and the United States.

While over history there have been other family groups who have carried the name Vance, today the surname appears to have two main origins – one from Ireland where at least some of its earlier history is known, and one from Germany where the original surname was Wentz or a variant, and when emigrants came to English-speaking countries (mostly the US) the surname was transcribed as Vance.

More information about these origins can be found on the Vance Family Association’s blog at this link.

This Vance DNA surname project is staffed by volunteers from the officers and members of the VFA.  The project seeks to understand the origins of ALL the Vance family lines through collected analysis of their Y-DNA test results.
While some of the surviving legends about the origins of the Vance surname have been confirmed through DNA analysis, others still need investigation, and it is clear from the various Y-DNA groups of men with the Vance surname that their origins are more complex than we yet know.