Bennett Greenspan

An entrepreneur and life-long genealogy enthusiast, Mr. Greenspan founded Family Tree DNA in 1999, turning - dare we say - a hobby into a full-time vocation.

Family Tree DNA is the world leader in Genetic Genealogy. Since its inception in April of 2000, the company has been constantly developing the science that enables genealogists around the world to advance their family's research. Family Tree DNA works in association with a scientific advisory board and the University of Arizona Research Labs. The Arizona Research labs are led by Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world's leading authorities in the field of Y DNA Genetics.

Family Tree DNA and other cooperative ventures, including the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project and, now comprise the largest non-medical DNA testing program in the world. A database that now contains over 300,000 records.

Mr. Greenspan, a Nebraskan native who received his B.A. from the University of Texas, spent years investigating the ancestors of his maternal grandfather, an obsession which eventually led to the founding of Family Tree DNA and the beginning of a new kind of genealogy. 

Despite the long hours and frequent travel, Mr. Greenspan is still married and enjoys returning home to his wife and two children.