Friday, January 3, 2014

DAR Chooses FTDNA

More good news! The DAR (http://blog.dar.org/dna-and-dar-launch-new-policy-new-online-course-and-special-discount-y-dna-testing) has chosen Family Tree DNA as its testing partner and is offering Y-DNA tests at a discount to prospective members. This will no doubt add to the numbere of people who order DNA tests for genealogy and thereby increase the size of the database for finding matches.

Hopefully, it will also encourage everyone to upload their GEDCOMs.

Many people do not seem to understand that if they do a DNA test, it is useless to them and everyone else if they refuse to allow matching. The whole purpose is to find others who match you, that is, who have the same DNA your ancestors had, thus proving your relatedness. Even if those you match are very distant cousins, they and you have a common ancestor.

5 comments:

AJAskey said...

Who's DNA is tested against? I am the 5th great-grandson of Thomas Askey who is well documented in the revolution. Does DAR have some of Thom's DNA? Is the requirement to join DAR a biological or documented family? What will DAR do with current members who are not really biologically related? Why did DAR choose a male only DNA test?

Just wondering about this can of worms...
Andy Askey

AJAskey said...

Who's DNA is tested against? I am the 5th great-grandson of Thomas Askey who is well documented in the revolution. Does DAR have some of Thom's DNA? Is the requirement to join DAR a biological or documented family? What will DAR do with current members who are not really biologically related? Why did DAR choose a male only DNA test?

Just wondering about this can of worms...
Andy Askey

Doris Wheeler said...

Hi Andy,
DNA evidence will only be considered as an addition to the normal application process and will not be required. It will be considered if the prospective member wants to use it as additional evidence. It will be up to the applicant to have the test, evaluate results and find DNA matches to other men who descend from the same Patriot. I'm sure this is a first step and they will be adjusting their criteria over time after gaining some experience. At least for now, only Y-DNA and a perfect 37/37 match is accepted.

AJAskey said...

Doris - Thanks for the explanation. I was amused by the post as many of us are not who we think we are. DNA analysis will eventually clear this up but there will be plenty of upset people along the way.

Andy

Doris Wheeler said...

Sorry your comment was overlooked. You ask an important question.

DNA testing involves a simple non-invasive test. You either scrape the inside of your cheek or provide saliva as a sample of your DNA. It is processed by a laboratory to produce your genetic profile that shows what specific sequences of DNA you have inherited. A Y-DNA test reflects only a man's paternal line. The DNA in his Y chromosome comes to him, unchanged, from his father who received it from his father, etc., back for hundreds of years. Therefore, if you are a direct descendant, in the male line, from your Revolutionary War ancestor, both you and he have the same Y-DNA. The DAR allows you to use your Y-DNA as an additional proof, above and beyond the traditional paper documents that prove your descent from this person.

Other types of DNA tests are available for different purposes: mtDNA for the maternal direct line; autosomal, which reflects the combined genes from both parents and their ancestors; and, of course, medical tests.

Regards,
Doris