Lay Family Genealogical Association, Inc.

Lay DNA Project

Welcome to the Lay DNA Project! We are using DNA to further our understanding and genealogical research of Lay family history for all Lay lineages, including the variant spellings.


Our DNA Project is global. Lay's are located throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Switzerland. We invite all Lay's to participate and represent their family tree.

Participation by our current DNA testers has already provided success stories and exciting news about Lay origins. DNA is taking us where the paper trail can't. We are breaking down our research brick walls with sometimes surprising results. Not all Jesse Lay's are genetically related. There are two non-related Bird Lay's. Not all Wiltshire, England Lay's share a common ancestor.

Please visit our page on the Family Tree DNA website and click the Request to Join button in the upper left-hand corner to order your DNA test kit. Pricing and payment options will be explained. Special pricing is given when ordering through this page. Testers are encouraged to order the "37 marker test" to provide the most accurate results of finding the most recent common Lay ancestor between testers.

Only males carrying the name of Lay (or a direct male line to a Lay ancestor) can test, as a Y-DNA test kit will only provide Y-DNA information on your outside paternal line. If your Lay ancestry was introduced through a female Lay, a Y-DNA test will not identify your Lay ancestry. Females wishing to test their male Lay line need to ask a brother, uncle, father, or appropriate male Lay cousin.

If you would like to help support our DNA Project, please consider contributing to the Lay DNA Project Fund. Funds are used solely to provide scholarships for the project. Please use our Family Tree DNA web page and click the link that says: Contribute to the Surname Project General Fund.

Lineages of our DNA test participants, the Y-DNA result table, and current analysis regarding our DNA Project can also be found on that same web page. We've also organized an email group to discuss Lay Family lineage as it pertains to the Lay DNA Project and to help keep us abreast of new issues. You do not have to be a DNA tester to join the email group.

Family Tree DNA is one of the DNA testing companies helping the National Geographic Society with their worldwide Genographic Project. As a participant tester, you have the opportunity to add your test results through your personal Family Tree DNA web page to this important project that will study the genetic migration of humankind.

If you have questions about the Lay DNA Project, or wish to join our email group, please contact Ron Brenner, our Acting Lay DNA Project Coordinator. His contact info can be found at:  About >> Officers