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DNA Project

Genetic Genealogy

Genetic Genealogy

The use of DNA can help the casual researcher and organizations like the PDA to provide hints to someone's genealogy all the way to proving a connection to the family tree, and in some cases, where a person connects.

About the Project and DNA Testing

The PDA has partnered with Family Tree DNA to test and compare the many branches of the Poingdestre, Poindexter, Puddester and Pendexter family/families. DNA testing is useful for people who have not been able to trace their lineage back to their immigrant from wherever that individual came and confirm if they do descend from the Poingdestre family of the Isle of Jersey or not. It is also useful to determine possible adoptions and/or non-paternal events in past generations. Plus it helps to define and refine, as well as locate the specific family branch on each tree an individual descends, through small variances (mutations) within a lineage.

With a number of testers, i.e., from the George line we have discovered differences in the branches of descendants. For example, coming down George's line we can tell if a male tester descends from Captain Joseph rather than one of his siblings or numerous other cousins.

We also have a DNA participant that still lives on the Isle of Jersey and another participant whose parents moved from the Isle of Jersey in the 1940's. These two give a sample of a family line that wouldn't have the same environmental mutations of our early immigrants and pioneers in America.

Can you participate in the DNA Project?

Yes! If you are male and your line back to George, John C., or whoever your immigrant ancestor was, is all male (paternal), then you can participate in this project. You can also participate by financially assisting a sibling or cousin who qualifies to be a DNA contributor. That's because the Y chromosome is passed down as an exact copy from father to son, except when a mutation occurs. Therefore, through this process, because mutations are uncommon and occur in different generations and to single individuals within a family (except of course in the case of identical twins or triplets), this is how we can confirm which immigrant ancestor your family line descends from and the specific branches you come down..

Females can test their direct maternal lines (female to female to female) which could be helpful for tracking common female ancestors. This could be especially helpful if one of them was a Poindexter daughter.

Males have the good fortune of also being able to trace their mother's direct lines as well by simply adding a mtDNA test to their Y-DNA test.

    • Males, we suggest you order at least the Y-DNA67 with 67 markers for the most detailed results. The more markers you test along with the more test subjects, results in a more precise model for each branch of the family. The Y-DNA test is our primary focus for connecting Poindexter branches to the full family tree.
    • Females and males can also take the mtDNA (Mitochondria DNA) test. Reach into the past through mtDNA testing to uncover the deep ancestral origin of your direct maternal line (your mother, your mother’s mother, etc.) and connect with genetic cousins.
    • Females and males can also do the Family Finder test. Family Finder uses autosomal DNA (inherited from both the mother and father, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, etc.) to provide you a breakdown of your ethnic percentages and connect you with relatives descended from any of your ancestral lines within approximately the last 5 generations.

Order a test kit

The kit includes cotton swaps and test tubes for placing samples. Complete instructions are included as is a return envelope. The basics are you will swab the inside of your cheek more than once over a period of time. Each swab is stored in its own tube. You then mail the kit back and wait for the results to be processed. You will be notified by email when the results are ready for your viewing.

Viewing the Test Results

Donate to the Project

  • If you want to help others take the Y-DNA test, you can now donate to the project. The PDA will apply your donation to someone's test who otherwise could not afford to do the test and we believe that person's test could add to our knowledge. Donate here.


If you have questions, please contact our project administrators (Robin Daviet and Jamie Poindexter) at

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Updated November 3, 2016

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