- Why are results not grouped as they are with other
- The original intent of the Daniel DNA Project was to
use Y DNA testing to dispel the confusion created by incorrect
assumptions and much repeated misinformation unsupported by
primary records or actual research which has been building
since the 1890s after the founding of groups like the DAR
piqued Americans' interest in genealogy. Unfortunately,
participants of many projects, not just the Daniel DNA
Project, continue to perpetuate some of these issues. Many
claim ancestors that they cannot prove using primary records
or put forth conclusions not supported by reasoned hypotheses
based on good research principles. In some instances,
unrelated Y DNA lines even claim the same ancestor. In an
attempt to address this issue, the Participating Lines page
was created. Only biographies of ancestors who can be proved
using primary record evidence are included. Inclusion of kit
numbers assist researchers in making conclusions based on
primary record and Y DNA evidence. Participants are encouraged
to submit a biography of their earliest Daniel ancestor who
can be proved using primary records. Participants in the
Daniel DNA Project are also encouraged to only set a "Direct
Paternal" ancestor who can be proved using primary records on
the "Genealogy" tab under "Account Settings" on their Family
Tree DNA personal web page. Whatever information is added
there is also added to the Results page of this site and
cannot be evaluated or edited by the project managers.
- How do I get my earliest proved ancestor added to the
Participating Lines page?
- Write and submit a concise biography of the earliest male
Daniel ancestor who you can prove using primary record
evidence. The goal is to enable the reader to determine if
they may be connected to you and give them the opportunity to
contact you. It may be equally valuable for the reader to
determine that they are not related to you so that they can
avoid researching an unrelated Daniel line. Your biography
must be based on primary record evidence. An explanation of
the types of records (primary, secondary, etc.) may be found here.
You may use biographies on the Participating Lines page of
this web site as examples. The project managers will be happy
to assist you in creating a biography, if needed. Generally,
the following information is included in a biography of your
earliest proved ancestor, if available.
- Name of ancestor and kit # or #s of descendants who have
taken a Y DNA test.
- Birth and death dates and places of ancestor
- Name and dates of spouse(s)
- General information that might help inform someone about
your family, where your ancestor lived, what his occupation
was, military service, etc. The idea it to enable the reader
to determine if they may or may not be connected to your
- Names and dates of children of your ancestor. OK to
include the names of their spouses.
- #s of kits for other participants in the project who match
your Y DNA.
- What do I do if I have questions about anything?
- Contact the project manager or assistant project manager
using the links on the main page.
- What can Y DNA evidence actually prove?
- Y DNA evidence typically can prove that a relationship
exists between two men with the same surname, but not the
exact nature of the relationship between the two men. It is
not a substitute for primary record evidence and good
research. Y DNA evidence should be used as a supplement to
primary records to prove or suggest the nature of