Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Y DNA 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:
      1. Name of ancestor and kit # or #s of descendants who have taken a Y DNA test.
      2. Birth and death dates and places of ancestor
      3. Name and dates of spouse(s)
      4. General information that might help inform someone about your family, where your ancestor lived, what his occupation was, military service, etc. The purpose of the biography is to enable the reader to determine if they may, or may not, be connected to your family.
      5. Names and dates of children of your ancestor. It is OK to include the names of their spouses.
      6. #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 Home page.

What can Y DNA evidence actually prove?

Y DNA evidence typically can prove that a relationship exists between two men with the same or different surname, but not the exact nature of the relationship between the two men. It is not a substitute for primary record evidence and carefully conducted research. Y DNA evidence should only be used as a supplement to primary records to suggest the nature of relationships.