Categories: DNA Project
This project is a simple way to organize those of us who are interested in how WikiTree can integrate DNA test results.
For background information, we have started this page: DNA.
Click here for G2G conversations tagged "DNA" and follow the tag.
Are you interested in genetic genealogy? Join us!
For the full list of current participants, see the badge report.
The Project Leader is Kitty Smith. If you'd like to participate in this project, please add yourself to the Google+ group and contact Kitty.
Have you taken one? Please add yourself at Special:DNATests.
Note that BritainsDNA and the Genographic Project are not included in our database because they do not allow direct comparisons or matching for genealogy.
Ordering or recommending a test
If you plan to order a test for yourself, or would like to recommend that a family member or friend be tested, please use one of these URLs. This way WikiTree gets the referral credit.
Choosing a test
Before you order a DNA test, it is important to know what you want to learn. Different tests will supply different genetic information.
- Y-Chromosome (yDNA) tests for men will give information about the paternal genetic line for a man. That is, his father, then his father, then his father on back through the generations for millennia to his earliest, ancient forefather. This may help you learn about your paternal surname.
- Mitochondrial (mtDNA) tests are for everyone and will give information about the maternal genetic line. That is, his/her mother, then her mother, then her mother on back through the generations for millennia to his/her earliest, ancient foremother. This is harder to use in genealogy research because each mother in the mtDNA line has a different surname, but it often reveals interesting information about deep genealogy, and it can be used to confirm or reject family connections.
- Autosomal (auDNA) or Family Finder tests show our cousin connections for the past six generations or so. This little picture gives you an idea of these tests. The auDNA test would cover all of these ancestors: The DNA Family Tree Chart
After receiving your test results
After your DNA is analyzed, you will want to increase your opportunities for making matches. The first step is to complete as much of your WikiTree family tree as possible.
As you fill in your family tree, the various surnames are added to your list of family surnames, e.g. Kitty's List of Surnames. This is helpful when trying to make connections with cousins based on your auDNA test. You can easily point your matches to your current research on WikiTree.
Next, consider posting your results on one of the DNA matching websites. This will help you make matches across the different testing companies.
WikiTree Features and Test Extensions
We are now adding the ability to include all of the following (depending on test type) with your test information on WikiTree.
We need help writing the help pages above. Can you add to them?
Entering a Test for Someone Else
You can indicate that someone else has taken a DNA test if you have access to their DNA test information.
Click the DNA tab near the top of their profile and follow the link from there. You will need to be on the person's Trusted List to do this.
DNA projects and privacy concerns
DNA project administrators or test kit owners may have access to kit information for people they don't personally know. These tests can be added to WikiTree but it must be done carefully in order to protect privacy.
Here is a recommended method:
- Create a New Profile. Enter the Last Name at Birth if you know it and select a gender, but use "Anonymous" for the First Name and don't enter any dates.
- Add their father and grandfather in the same way. Do not enter any personal information. These profiles are placeholders on our worldwide tree.
- Continue back until you can connect the direct DNA line to a named ancestor where privacy is not an issue.
- Check that the branch is a continuous, unbroken line back to the Earliest Known Ancestor (EKA).
- Go back to the Anonymous test participant's profile, click the DNA tab and enter their DNA test information.
If the test-taker ever wants to participate on WikiTree add their e-mail address to their profile so they can take possession of it. They can then decide how much personal information they want to add and share.
- Peter Roberts helped Roberta Estes put together this excellent introduction to WikiTree for genetic genealogy on her DNAeXplained blog: WikiTree and DNA. This is a good one to share with friends who have taken a DNA test but haven't tried WikiTree yet.
- International Society of Genetic Genealogy. This independent, noncommercial organization offers a DNA Newbies mailing list, comparisons of DNA tests in the marketplace, educational resources, and a wiki that is a valuable source of information.
Here is the list of members.
Please join us by contacting Kitty Smith.
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