Why are results not grouped as they are with other projects?
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 relationships.