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DNA and a ONS

 

Below are 5 articles with information on the topic of DNA and a One-Name Study.

There is a summary of each article, to help you decide which ones you want to read. The articles are standalone pdf files, that can be downloaded or printed.

For each article, there is also a list of anything that has changed since publication. DNA for family history research is a new discipline, and therefore changes and/or scientific advancements occur.

DNA: A Powerful Tool for a One-Name Study

Published: Written for the Guild Web Site 2010, Updated January 20, 2017
Author: Susan C. Meates

This article explains Y-DNA and covers the benefits and applications of Y-DNA for a one-name study. Recruiting tips are also covered.

The following has changed since publication: None

Link: http://one-name.org/DNA/Article_SCM_DNA_A_Powerful_Tool_for_a_One_Name_Study.pdf

Pros and Cons of Adding DNA to Your One-Name Study

Publication: Guild Journal
Published: October 2014
Author: Susan C. Meates

This article discusses the pros and cons of adding DNA to your One-Name Study. The article then covers how to get a DNA project, and the options if your registered surname is already in a DNA Project.

The following has changed since publication: None

Link: http://one-name.org/DNA/Article_2014Q4_Pros_and_Cons_of_Adding_DNA.pdf

Adding DNA to your One-Name Study

Publication: Guild Journal
Published: July 2008
Author: Susan C. Meates

A short historical summary of DNA testing for genealogy is followed with in in-depth look at the questions of whether to include DNA testing as a source of information for your one-name study, and if you decide to include DNA testing, do you wait or start a project now? These issues are covered in detail. Then the easy steps to getting started with a DNA Project are covered.

Though published in 2008, the information about the issues covered in this article is still relevant.

The following has changed since publication:

  • The largest database is significantly larger now, with over 839,000 records.
  • There are now over 9,200 surname projects.
  • Up to 111 Y-DNA markers are now available.
  • Over 600 Guild members now have projects.
  • On the vendor pie chart on page 11, the only vendors remaining in the Y-DNA market is Family Tree DNA and Oxford Ancestors. The others are either defunct, were acquired, or exited the market.
  • The vendor of choice is Family Tree DNA, and the Guild sells Family Tree DNA 37 marker test kits at a significant savings. Oxford Ancestors offers limited Y-DNA testing at a much higher price.
  • The Family Tree DNA newsletter no longer exists.
  • For current information about getting the Guild Logo at Family Tree DNA click “Guild Logo on Your DNA Project” in the menu on the left.
  • To register your DNA project, click “Register your DNA Project” in the menu on the left.

Link: http://one-name.org/DNA/Article_2008Q3_Adding_DNA_to_Your_Study.pdf

DNA and Your One-Name Study

Publication: Guild Journal
Published: April 2012
Author: Susan C. Meates

This article is a brief overview of DNA testing, covering getting started, recruiting participants, and a set of example results with mutations. This example is very useful to see how mutations are identified.

The following has changed since publication:

  • Vendor selection is no longer relevant. Family Tree DNA is the vendor for Y-DNA. The other vendors have either been acquired or left the market, except Oxford Ancestors, which offers limited Y-DNA testing at a much higher price.

Link: http://one-name.org/DNA/Article_2012Q2_DNA_and_Your_One_Name_Study.pdf

DNA and Your One-Name Study: Benefits of a DNA Project

Publication: Guild Journal
Published: July 2012
Author: Susan C. Meates

This article is a summary of the benefits of a DNA Project for a one-name study, and why you should add DNA to your ONS now and not wait.

The following has changed since publication: None

Link: http://one-name.org/DNA/Article_2012Q3_Benefits_of_a_DNA_Project.pdf

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