Woody DNA Project
(Including Wooddy, Woodey, Woodie, Woode, deWoody, etc.)
While navigating the corridors of our memory, we may begin to wonder about the roots of our existence. Some may not care about the generations that preceded them and their history, but there are a few who do care, as ultimately what we are depends on our history and the genes and characteristics of our forefathers.
This is a project about those genes and roots.
Created: June, 2007
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The computer and the
internet have revolutionized genealogy and family
history research. These inventions provided tools that
earlier generations of researchers never even dreamed
about. The discovery of DNA and the widespread use of DNA testing and
analysis have provided the modern family historian with
yet another powerful research tool. However, the result
of an individual genealogical DNA test is almost
meaningless by itself: This result must be compared with
other individual's DNA results to be useful. The Woody
DNA Project was created in June, 2007 to provide a place where
individual yDNA results can be organized, posted and
compared with other results. yDNA
testing and this project help Woody genealogists and
family historians verify their paternal ancestry (father's
father) in a quick and easy way. This saves time,
prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can
be obtained in no other way.
It is very important to known that DNA "marker" suites/groupings have not been standardized or agreed on by the various DNA testing companies. That is, different companies test for different markers. In DNA analysis, the more comparable markers, the better; however, incomparable markers are completely useless, no matter how many of them are tested. Our project accepts yDNA results from any testing company, but before you order testing, check the number of comparable markers that you are paying for. Do not hesitate about contacting a Project Administrator for more information on this subject.
The Goals of the Woody DNA Project are to::
1. Help researchers of all Woody families work together to find their common heritage. We do this by posting the abbreviated lineages that Woody descendants send us. To view these lineages, click on the Patriarchs link above. We do not post any information about people born less than 100 years ago. To add your lineage to these pedigrees, just email a Project Administrator your abbreviated pedigree. If you would like your name and/or your email to be displayed, please tell us. You do not have to be a yDNA test participant to add your family pedigree.
2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families and compile them and their branches into distinct genetic lineages through DNA analysis and matches. DNA analysis is used to determine the common ancestors of different branches of related Woody lines. This analysis is also useful in extending Woody lines that have reached a "dead end" utilizing conventional research. Unless a participant asks to be identified, the Woody DNA Project does post the name of any member; only their yDNA results and the patriarch of their line. The different lines are grouped by patriarch. Click on the Results link above to see our progress.
Project Successes - yDNA analysis has shown that:
1. Our Woody
men make up at least four completely unrelated lineages (families
with separate ancestors). Three of these lines have deep
ancestral roots in Western Europe; the other in Scandinavia.
2. All of the descendants tested, with ancestors from the Piedmont and Blue Ridge regions of Virginia, share a common ancestor.
3. "Dead end" pedigrees can be connected to a known lineage. Because a lineage connection provides a family and locality to focus on, most of these these pedigrees have been extended, some very significantly.
Our project is open to any
male Woody or man believing that he is the son of a Woody male.
yDNA is passed from father to son, but not from father to daughter. So any line that includes a female link cannot be proven
or disproven using yDNA. Female Woody descendants can help by
strongly encouraging their male Woody relatives to join the project. To-date, all of the
project participants have come from the USA, but we hope
that Woodys from all over the world will join us.
For those of you that are interested in your heritage, but cannot actively participate in the project (e.g., females, non-Woody surname male relatives, etc.), the Woody DNA Project General Fund provides an alternative method of support. The Project Administrator and Line Leaders use contributions made to this fund to share testing costs with those individuals having limited means.
In addition, the project line leaders provide research assistance to novice family historians. Along the way, we have also helped several folks extend their known lineages, some significantly. We have focused others on the best locations to continue their search.
The DNA testing company for the project is Family Tree DNA. The FTDNA and WorldFamilies.net websites both have detailed information on DNA and DNA testing. A test ordered from FTDNA, as part of this project, receives a substantial discount. The Woody DNA Project has no financial interest in Family Tree DNA and the project administrator and line leaders receive nothing but satisfaction for their volunteer efforts. The total testing fee goes to the testing company.
The surname Woody seems to be derived from the Ancient Anglo-Saxon two syllable word "wudu". The Woody surname is now quite rare in the British Isles; however, Woodey and Woode are somewhat more common. The earliest know variant, Wudu, is still found in the telephone directories of the United Kingdom. For more information about Woodys around the world, please visit the Woody One-Name Study. We would be extremely gratified for the participation of a Woody, Woodey, Woode, Woddy, Wudu, etc. from the British Isles, as this area is the assumed origin of our name and original ancestors.
To view the member distribution map for the project, click here.
Click here to join the Woody DNA Project and order a discounted yDNA test. Y-DNA 37 or Y-DNA 67 are the preferred tests.
Revised Apr 29, 2013