November 25, 2015

DAR To Allow DNA Evidence For New Applications And Supplementals In 2014


President General DAR Lynn Young’s Announcement Regarding DNA Documentation

In a new announcement today, the President General of the DAR has said that Y-DNA evidence will be accepted as additional documentation for new member applicants and supplementals. A portion of the text reads:

So what that means is that beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of linage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

Read the entire article on President General Lynn Young’s blog here.

To be honest, I never thought this would be something the DAR would agree to, but I am so very glad for all of us that they have. It will be just one more source, and could  make all the difference for families.

How DNA Testing With 23andMe Averted Serious Surgical Complications

23andmeimage In our circle of friends and family the topic of DNA testing has become almost ubiquitous. Some of us have used more than one service (Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, etc.), and we don’t really understand the in-depth results, but I have to tell you about a good outcome that came from having one’s DNA tested for health reasons.

One of my friends recently had a surgical procedure that could have gone terribly wrong had it not been detected in her DNA test results that she was extremely sensitive to certain anesthetics. She was able to impart this information to her surgeon beforehand and her resulting surgery went smoothly. Now, if that isn’t a good reason to have your DNA tested, I don’t know what is! While this post does contain an affiliate link, I think its so important that I’m going to tell you that if you choose not to use my link, please do consider testing with 23andMe.

My husband had tested with them and we are quite pleased to find that this company has been constantly updating targeted health results, as well as more detailed ancestry such as percentage of Asian/Native American blood and whether or not he has Neanderthal in him too (he does, 2.7%).


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The Potential Health Results Of The Faroe Island DNA Project Might Be Astounding

The islanders of this remote island group have a potential to make ground-breaking strides in their health care system by submitting their DNA to the FarGen project spear-headed by Bogi Eliason, the Programme Director whose work takes him around the world to speak about this special project. He is currently speaking at Bio-World-Asia in Singapore this last week of May.

I first read about this project in this article on Bloomberg originally published in February of this year. The country will be the first to sequence their whole population’s DNA, which may or may not agree with all the resident’s sensibilities.

Location of the Faroe Islands in Northern Europe.

Location of the Faroe Islands in Northern Europe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Faroe Islands are located almost half way between Scotland and Iceland, and it’s 50,000 residents will most likely take part in the project which will also include genealogical findings as well. Why not set up a Google alert to keep informed about this study and the results?

Children of nordradalur (Faroe Islands)

Children of nordradalur (Faroe Islands) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Sørvágur on the island of Vágar, Faro...

English: Sørvágur on the island of Vágar, Faroe Islands. View on the island of Mykines in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Wilkerson Family DNA Project Coming Soon!



 We’re Testing A Parent’s DNA

Since none of us are getting any younger (Jim just turned 64!) then there is no time like the present to get this project kicked off.

The Wilkerson Group DNA Project

As you may have noticed this blog is now an affiliate of Family Tree DNA . I did that on purpose because it may give us a discount on the test if I click on my own link to go to their site. If not, I did discover (by using the FTDNA search box in the sidebar just to the right of this post) that there is a WILKERSON Group DNA Project and using their site might give us a discount if my own link does not. All that said, it’s isn’t that the DNA test I want to do for Jim’s dad is all that expensive, but some other family members have said they might want to chip in to help us defray the costs.

The main goal of what we are trying to discover is how much Native American blood might be in the lines. A preliminary test of Jim’s DNA showed that he does have some, but I want to take it back another generation to his dad to get a more “direct” route to the possible Indian ancestry.  I don’t think we would even undertake this testing if it wasn’t for the small amount showing in this graphic from another source.

Jim 23 Ancestry

So, for now, all I can say is check back here to see what the results might be. Thanks for reading today!


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