Stead Steed One-Name Study

Stead DNA Project

For the surnames Stead, Steed, and other spelling variants

We encourage you to join today! I am excited to announce that the 'Stead DNA Project' has been established at 'Family Tree DNA', and it is ready for participants to join and order a test kit. I have ordered my test kit to represent my family tree. Ideally, our goal is to have several distant direct line males test for each family tree. The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown (Stead, Steade, Steed, Stede, Steede and Sted). If you believe there is a Stead or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, please find a direct line male to participate, to represent your tree. We encourage males to order a Y DNA test for 37 markers, if possible.

If you order fewer markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more. As our project grows, we will have many exciting discoveries. Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your research of your family tree. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the origin and evolution of the surnames. The goals of the project are:

  • Discover information to help with our family history research
  • Discover which family trees are related
  • Discover information to help with brick walls
  • Confirm surname variants
  • Validate family history research
  • Get on file a DNA sample for trees at risk of extinction of the male line.
  • Discover information about our distant origins

You can order you kit from the following link and join the Stead project once you receive your kit number (login number) and password (you can change this once login in to your personal page).

I have made some exciting discoveries on my own 'Stead' line by undertaking YDNA testing which I would have never discovered through the old method of paper trails.

The test is a harmless genealogy test of locations on the Y chromosome, called markers, which are passed from father to son, typically unchanged. The test result is a string of numbers, and contains no personal information. You will be an exact or close match to those men to whom you are related. By also testing a distant direct line male in your family tree, if possible, you will validate the family tree research to the common ancestor shared by both men who test. In addition, the test result will tell you about your distant origins.

We have also established a General Fund, to accept donations in any currency via credit card. These funds will be held at the testing company, and used to help sponsor test kits for key males who are unable financially to participate. We encourage you to make a donation. Click on the link below to visit the project web site, and then click "Contribute to the Project General Fund" on the left to make a donation. If you decide to donate, please specify "Stead Project General Fund" in the top box of the Donation form.

Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. You would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Plus test.

If you are not a direct Stead male, you can still order the 'Family Finder' test which is an autosomal DNA test. This test will provide matches from all your ancestors within a 6-8 generation time period and might yield some Stead matches. You will also be provided with an estimate of your autosomal DNA admixture by comparing your autosomal DNA against different populations around the glob. An example would be 38% Scandinavian, 42% British Isles and 20% Central European admixture; suggesting significant ancestry from these regions.

If you have any question you can get in touch with me via the user forum on the Stead/Steed ONS site or via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We encourage you to join us in our discoveries. Order your test kit TODAY!

Philip Stead (Stead DNA Project Administrator)