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Genetic genealogy 2004

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Genetic Genealogy Timeline

January 2004

Note: There may be a 2007 policy change – need more details. National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is the first lineage society to announce the acceptance of DNA verification as a proof document. "Using DNA in Genealogy" . . . . "The Daughters of the American Revolution takes great pride in the authenticity of its genealogical records and, thus, requires each applicant provide documented proof of lineal descent for each generation. The DAR does, however, allow use of DNA verification as a proof document in the chain of lineal descent." (Source: Katherine Borges, ISOGG director, and member of NSDAR, from letter sent to the Chapters.)

Spring 2004

The Bartons form World Families Network (WFN) as a resource for surname project administrators.

Duerinck "retires" his pioneer DNA surname project list; WFN introduces the Surname DNA Projects Database.

March 2004

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) releases first subset of its database. See also: (History of SMGF)

October 2004

Family Tree DNA announces the launch of Mitosearch, a public database of mitochondrial DNA records.

October 30, 2004

Family Tree DNA's 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy (for FTDNA Group Administrators), Houston, TX. About 170 attended. See photos of some of these DNA pioneers at:

Fall 2004

DNA as a research tool for genealogists becomes mainstream enough to interest three publishers (these are also available at and elsewhere):

See also: Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.

December 15, 2004

Family Tree DNA reports over 1,400 surname projects representing over 9,000 surnames [variations].

Would like data from other companies to include here.

New tools

Created by hobbyists and used by many hobbyists.