Welcome to the Perry Surname Project

This project began in January 2006. Our goal is to help PERRY family researchers break down those long standing “brick walls” through the use of DNA analysis. When used in combination with traditional family research, DNA analysis can allow us to quickly map the links that tie our families together and discover more about our own family histories.

This project is open to anyone researching the PERRY surname. Both male and female participants are welcome. However, it should be noted that because this is a SURNAME PROJECT, it relies on the testing and analysis of the y-chromosome. Females and males not of direct male-Perry ancestry should sponsor the yDNA test of a Male Relative with the Perry surname in order to join this project, as this will provide the information needed to link families together.

We currently have some exciting sub-projects for the group, relating to specific Perry families. For details of these, please click here. We encourage our members to share their research, discuss results between themselves and set up sub-groups where you feel it will help with your research.


  • To eliminate and/or confirm the relationship of individuals or lines.
  • To focus research on related families.
  • To establish an ancestral haplotype (DNA signature) for each major Perry line.
  • To connect previously “unconnected” Perry lines.
  • To determine geographical locations for further research.

Project Administrators:

Volunteer Co-Administrators
Linda Magellan Rebecca Starr vPerry Doug Klein
Linda Magellan Rebecca Starr Vicki Perry Doug Klein
Family Group Sub-Project Family Group Leader
FG3 John Perry of Nansemond County, Virginia Perrys Rebecca Starr
FG4 Irish Perrys Vicki Perry
FG8 Tennessee Perrys Linda Magellan
FG9 Seven Perry Brothers of old Granville Co., NC. Perrah Yarborough
FG15 New Hampshire, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri Perrys Debi Barnes

Learn more about our Sub-Projects. Want to become a Sub-Project Leader for your Family Group on the Perry-DNA Project website?  Send us an email.

If you need to email any of the administrators, please quote your kit number and group number (if applicable) as this will help us to reply quickly and accurately.