If you've taken an Ancestry DNA test, you may be wondering if you can use the results in a lineage society application. The short answer: maybe. The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution both permit the use of autosomal DNA testing as support for an application. But there are… Continue reading Can I use autosomal DNA testing in a lineage society application?
First of all, what's a mitochondria? For those of you who don't recall your high school biology class: a mitochondria is a structure within the cell. It's often referred to as a cell's "energy center." There's a really good explanation here. Mitochondria have their own DNA, so they can be tested separately. It was long… Continue reading Can I use the results of a mitochondrial DNA test in a lineage society application?
The simple answer: no. The reasoning lies in how "ThruLines" are created. The following is from Ancestry's description: "We use the family tree linked to your test to find people who are in your tree and are also in your matches's linked trees. [...]" In short, ThruLines searches the submitted family trees of your DNA… Continue reading Can I use Ancestry ThruLines as proof for a lineage society application?
Family trees? Ancestry ThruLines? A family genealogy? Lineage societies have rules about records you can and cannot submit as supporting documentation. Knowing what those rules are can save you significant time and frustration. Check with your specific society before proceeding, but here are a few general rules. If a vital record (birth, death or marriage… Continue reading Avoid Common Lineage Society Mistakes: Know What Documents You’ll Need to Provide
The Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced that they will begin accepting autosomal and mitochrondrial DNA. See https://www.dar.org/national-society/genealogy/dna-and-dar-applications and https://blog.dar.org/dar-begins-accepting-autosomal-dna for details. What does it mean for you? If you can document your entire line back to a qualifying ancestor "on paper," little to nothing will change. DAR will continue to verify applications in… Continue reading DAR’s updated DNA policy: what does it mean for you?
Your Ancestry DNA profile says you're related to a Revolutionary War patriot. Can you use it for an application to the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Sons of the American Revolution? What do you need to know about DNA and DAR and SAR? The Sons of the American Revolution officially allows the use… Continue reading Common DAR + SAR application questions: DNA
Are you home researching for fun? While now is a great time to start working your application for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants - and you might even get a 2020 join date if you apply now - there are a few sources you should avoid. Family trees and pedigree charts: We see a… Continue reading 5 Sources to Avoid Using for Mayflower Society Applications