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About us

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society DNA Project website.

Genetic Genealogy
is the use of DNA testing to aide traditional genealogical research. It is the newest and the most accurate research tool for the family historian. It does not replace good research, but testing can…

•Determine if two people are related
•Determine if two people descend from the same ancestor
•Find out if you are related to others with the same surname
•Prove or disprove your family tree research
•Provide clues about your ethnic origin

Currently only two branches of one’s lineage can be tested. Females can test their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and men can test for both their Y-DNA and their mtDNA as they receive both the Y and X chromosomes. The mtDNA tests the all female lineage (bottom lines of a pedigree chart) and the Y-DNA tests the all male lineage (top lines of a pedigree chart). As only the females can pass the X chromosome to her children, the mtDNA tested for men is testing his mother’s female lineage. If you did not reach this page by going through the WVGS website, follow these instructions to join the group.

In order to find DNA matches, a tester needs to allow his or her DNA to be available to the public. If you select to have your results made public, your results will be linked to http://www.ysearch.org (for male DNA) and to http://www.mitosearch.org (for female DNA)to allow for matches with other testing companies. Either the tester or the project administrator may link the data with Ysearch or Mitosearch.

By testing through the WVGS website you help the society earn money, and you can always join a surname or geographical group once you have tested. Joining projects is free.

With the hopes that DNA testing will assist in crumbling your brick walls, I am excited to be your administrator for this project, and urge you to join thousands of other genealogists in solving surname dilemmas.

Again, welcome to the group. We hope you enjoy your visit and that you will be the one to provide that missing link for another! If you have question, email me at: aulicino(at)hevanet.com


As Administrator and Co-administrators of the WVGS Project we give priority to protecting your privacy and to the confidentiality of your personal data. In particular we will not publish your name, e-mail address or other contact details, or share this information with any other project member or other person or organization without your specific written approval.

The only personal data we hold is that relevant to meeting the published goals of our Project, and which has been made available to us by DNA testing companies, in the same format as they make it available to you, or which you have given us direct by e-mail or by post.

We hold this data indefinitely or until you request its deletion and publish anonymized data at least [once a year] on our Project website (https://www.familytreedna.com/public/WVGS) where you may see its current status. You may also request a more updated version direct from the Project Administrator.

We will be pleased to correct any errors in your personal data that you bring to our attention.

At your request at any time we will promptly remove your data from our project files. However, we cannot retrieve data that has previously been posted in the public domain.

In our administration of this project we endeavor to comply with the most recent guidance issued by ISOGG (https://isogg.org/wiki/ISOGG_Project_Administrator_Guidelines) and by FTDNA (www.familytreedna.com/learn/projectadministration/gap-guidelines-ftdna-projects/), and with the Genetic Genealogy Standards (www.geneticgenealogystandards.com/).

We endeavor to respond promptly to any queries or complaints you may make about our handling of your personal data for this Project. However,you should be aware that some of your concerns may be better forwarded direct to the relevant DNA testing company.

Emily D. Aulicino
Member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG
Regional Coordinator of and Speaker for ISOGG for Oregon, Washington and Idaho
If you do not hear from me in a timely manner, just write again...I was buried in email.  LOL

Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond by E. Aulicino.  Order online at AuthorHouse, Amazon or Barnes and Noble