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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.

To join under WVGS…
1. Go to the Oregon State Library URL at:
2. Click on Genealogy Research on the left.
3. Click on WVGS DNA Project.
4. Click on the Family Tree DNA icon in the middle of the page.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and complete the form.
6. Click CONTINUE to complete the next screen

Be sure to click only once when you are done so you order just one test. 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 (for male DNA) and to (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 WVGS you help the society earn money and you can always join a surname or geographical group once you have tested.

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)

Member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG)
Regional Coordinator of and Speaker for ISOGG for Oregon, Washington and Idaho
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