McAlister DNA Project- Background



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Welcome to the McAlister DNA Project Public Website.

In July 2000, Clan McAlister of America held their biennial reunion in Norman, OK where one of the members made a presentation on genetic genealogy.  Shortly after the reunion,  Wanda Shelton, another member of CMA, became so interested that she began searching for a DNA provider.  She wanted to prove that her McAlister kin, with ties to Monroe County, TN, were related.


In her search for a DNA testing provider, she contacted Family Tree DNA.  Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of FTDNA, provided assistance and guidance in establishing the McAlister DNA Project.  Family Tree DNA appointed her as Project Administrator.

She asked six male members of her McAlister cousins to take the Y-12 marker DNA test.The test results were DNA matches, related.  Wanda’s venture into Genetic Genealogy proved successful and that her research on the McAlister group from Monroe County, TN was correct. As the McAlister DNA project grew in numbers, subgroups were formed based on the participants' DNA results.  Wanda's subgroup #1 has grown to 18 members. 


 In 2007, Wanda resigned from many of her genealogical activities, but she still wanted to maintain her work with the Monroe County, TN group of McAlister kin.  In 2008, J A McAlister was asked to help with the DNA project and appointed Project Administrator.


If you would like to become a member of the Family Tree DNA McAlister project, just click here on Join Request.  Please fill out the form with brief family lineage, including most distance ancestor, dates, and locations.  you will be given a web address and a "join code" which will allow you to join the project and to order DNA tests at reduced prices.



General Fund

Current balance: $140.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $140.00 1/28/2014   To be used to support new members or essential upgrades.   Unknown
Debit $69.00 12/29/2012     8491 Unknown
Debit $69.00 12/29/2012     139403 Unknown
Credit $69.00 12/26/2012   To help upgrade a 12 that would benefit the project. Can be used for any Subgroup.   Anonymous
Debit $69.00 12/23/2012     179743 Unknown
Credit $138.00 12/20/2012   To be used for two 12 - 37 upgrades   Anonymous
Debit $31.00 12/13/2012     12175 Unknown
Debit $69.00 12/7/2012     109128 Unknown
Debit $31.00 12/6/2012     138825 Unknown
Debit $69.00 12/5/2012     5583 Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 30
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 19
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 15
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 6
Family Finder 48
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 4
Maternal Ancestor Information 94
mtDNA 34
mtDNA Full Sequence 14
mtDNA Plus 28
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 183
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 39
Total Members 197
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 5
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 11
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 6
Y-DNA Subgroups 18
Y-DNA111 17
Y-DNA12 165
Y-DNA25 148
Y-DNA37 137
Y-DNA67 78