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Doe Investigations

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This is a draft project.


About the Project

The Doe Investigations Project aims to assist in the identification of unidentified remains through the use of genetic genealogy. The project tracks wikitree profiles identified as ancestors of unidentified human remains that are the subject of genetic genealogy investigations. Often forensic genealogists researching these cases can identify distant ancestors of the Doe but require additional DNA matches in order to identify the specific line of descent. This project aims to bring awareness of these cases and assist interested descendants in uploading their results to either GEDMatch.com or FamilyTreeDNA.com where they can be compared to Doe profiles by law enforcement.

How to Join

Are you interested in the Doe Investigations Project?


What is the goal of the Doe Investigations Project?

The goal of this project is to raise awareness of Doe investigations via genetic genealogy and encourage descendants of the identified profiles to take a DNA test and transfer it to one of the websites. We also research the descendant trees of the identified ancestor profiles.

Does Wikitree share my information with law enforcement?

NO. The Doe Investigations project and Wikitree do NOT provide law enforcement with access to member information, information on living person profiles, or profiles marked as private. Law enforcement can access public information just like any other person visiting wikitree's profiles. See wikitree's [Terms of Service] and [Privacy Policy] for more information.

I am a descendant of a profile in this project. What can I do to help?

First, take a commercial genealogy DNA test if you have not already done so. Next, transfer your results to either GEDMatch.com or FamilyTreeDNA.com. Instructions for downloading and transferring results can be found here.

I uploaded my results to GEDMatch and FamilyTreeDNA. How do I let law enforcement know?

If you selected to opt-in to law enforcement searches, then your results will automatically show up in the Doe's DNA match list if you share any DNA. Make sure your contact information is also up to date, and consider adding a link to your tree or list of surnames to help law enforcement better identify your connection.

Can I help the project even though I am not a descendant of one of the listed profiles?

Absolutely! You can help by adding descendants of the profiles included in this project. The more descendant profiles added to wikitree, the more likely a descendant who has tested will become aware that they are needed for DNA testing.

Does the Doe Investigations project assist with criminal suspect investigations?

NO. Participation in the project is limited to unidentified human remains. We do not accept cases researching DNA obtained from criminal suspects. We require law enforcement provide the project coordinators with a NAMUS case number in order to verify the request is for a Doe case rather than a suspect case.

I am a law enforcement officer/forensic genealogy consultant working on a Doe cold case. How can I add our case to this project?

In order to ensure all profiles added to the project are related to a Doe case, please contact the project coordinators and provide the NAMUS reference number for the cold case along with the suspected ancestors. Project coordinators will then add the profile. The law enforcement agency can also optionally choose to publish some information on the case on this project page, or may keep the information private. If the case details are kept private, the ancestor will be linked to the project but no information on which Doe is being investigation will be made public.

I believe I have information regarding a case mentioned in this project. How can I contact the law enforcement agency?

Please contact the project coordinators and we will forward your contact information to the appropriate agency.

How can I join the project?

Add the DOE_DNA tag to your profile! The only requirements are that you are a WikiTree member holding the WikiTree Genealogist badge and have signed the WikiTree Honor Code

Project Cases & Profiles

The following profiles may have links to an active Doe investigation. You can help investigators by adding descendant profiles under each profile.

Profile Doe Network/NCMEC/NAMUS Case# Investigating Agency Notes
William Joseph Livings (1826 - 1901) [801UFNH] NH State Police Victim #4 in Bear Brook case.
Thomas Jackson Mitchell (1836 - 1919) [801UFNH] NH State Police Victim #4 in Bear Brook case.
John Gray (1749 - 1792)

Jennet (Greer) Gray (1748 - 1835)

NAMUS UP4850 IN State Police
Mathias Mount (1750 - 1834)

Priscilla Pickney (1757 - 1817)

NAMUS UP4850 IN State Police

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