07 October 2013

Effective 1 Jan 2014 Y-DNA Evidence Accepted for DAR Applications and Supplementals

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We have seen an explosion in the use of DNA testing as a genealogical tool. 

The Daughters of the American Revolution announced on their blog this past week the following:

... a ruling was passed today by the National Board of Management to allow the submission of Y-DNA test results as part of a genealogical analysis of evidence under guidelines set forth by the Genealogy Department effective January 1, 2014.

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.

Click here for the full post. Judy G Russell (the Legal Genealogist) posted on this subject yesterday, DNA and the DAR, and her interesting observation that ...

In other words, the women who would like to join the DAR can only use the one kind of DNA that they, themselves, don’t have. (YDNA, remember, is the kind of DNA passed from father to son; daughters don’t ever inherit YDNA.) It doesn’t allow mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) — the kind passed from a mother to all of her children but that only female children then pass on to their children to establish a direct female line. And it doesn’t allow autosomal DNA — the kind inherited from both parents so testing works across genders and helps identify cousins in recent generations.

Read her full post to learn more about this and she also talks about the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and their acceptance of DNA results as an element of proof.

The DAR now becomes one of the few lineage societies to explicitly accept any DNA testing as a source of lineage evidence (along with SAR).  If you know of other lineage societies which do the same, please post a comment!

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