Begun in in the late 1980s by Clinton Slayton, a genealogical newsletter project expanded to over 50 members by the late 1990s. Before consumer-available DNA testing was investigated as a tool, one (forrmer) member of the project published a "single origin" theory separately from the project's aegis, which muddies the waters of family research even after YDNA results show this to be more than a single male source. When Ancestry abandoned YDNA and MyFamily sites and when RootsWeb software broke, the three main elements of the project were affected: 1) DNA Project grid, 2) a private social site for sharing images and citations to documentary finds, and 3) posted GEDCOMs on RootsWeb WorldConnect, which are now garbled since 2017. A lot of work and contacts have been lost or remain online but difficult to interpret since Nov 2017, when GEDCOMS on RootsWeb lost their legible formats and showed many results as "Person Not Viewable" that were previously there.
We established a replacement for Ancestry's DNA Project here on FamilyTreeDNA. Most of the Ancestry YDNA was transferred to FamilyTreeDNA, but not all, because of financial considerations and the inaccessibility of some members, some of whom are deceased. The non-transferred members are identical to groupings here, and would show larger "pools" of matches visually if transferred. Males who sampled YDNA with Sorenson/Relative Genetics/Ancestry cannot participate in FTDNA's haplotype predictor or "Matching" protocols unless they can be retested at FTDNA.
We found a replacement home for MyFamily on SPOKT.com, with two forums, Slaton Slaton Slayden and Descendants of Arthur & Rachel Slayden. This is not ideal, but anyone can be a member of either site if the administrators choose to invite them.
We have not found replacement for the RootsWeb site, and are using WikiTree until a dedicated page can be developed. We cannot control the contents of WikiTree entries so this is not an acceptable replacement for presenting our interpretations and citations.
All direct male descendants of a suspected Slaton or Slatten (etc.) heritage, regardless of adoption of other surnames, are welcome to have results joined here. Since the site grid does not display full names, the data you enter for the oldest suspected (Most Distant) ancestor is quite important and required for membership unless the oldest ancestor is still living and you have no permission to do so.
YDNA can either help to place a male within a contextual pool of cousins, or create or deepen a mystery regarding a lineage. Do not assume that information shown on "Trees" on the Internet, including "citations", is valid. False citations are prevalent in postings from a certain individual showing non-existent birth and marriage records. DNA does not lie (so far) but might upset a traditional genealogy. Sourced documentary research with standards based on such literature as Blaine Bettinger, Milton Rubincam and Eugene A Stratton can be bolstered or questioned with "deep" connection results from YDNA. Neither DNA results or traditional genealogy can substitute for each other; both tools are equally important in reconstructing a plausible family history.
This Project makes it fairly clear that some "trees" on FamilySearch, Ancestry, and WikiTree, Geni, etc., showing common male ancestors for all of the men found in 1711 Virginia and 1771 North Carolina leading back to a single man named John, and John leading back to English parents, are unresearched patching together of both real and completely fictitious family groupings.
If you know or suspect descendancy from Thomas & Hannah Slaton/Slayton of Massachusetts, we would like to expand that pool of results. That line has also been connected to English ancestors on some trees with no strong proving documentation.
Any surname variant carrier is welcome even if unsure of descendancy.
Any current sampler who has not expanded to Big Y is encouraged to do so, and in some cases, the Project might be able to underwrite some or all of the cost.
Members might be asked by the admin to join selected projects, such as Haplogroup Projects, with Privacy settings such that Most Distant Paternal Ancestor Name is not blocked. Please look at the existing grid for hints as to how to name your Most Distant Ancestor, these should be consistent. We might ask members to alter these for a consistent presentation. We request that any member will grant the Administrators ADVANCED access to their results to enable our research, but this is not a requirement
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