Poindexter DNA Project
DNA tests can help you find family, break through brick walls and help trace your lineage through time. The use of DNA testing can help the family history researcher and organizations like the PDA by providing hints to someone's genealogy. The Y-chomosome can prove there is a connection to the Poingdestre family tree, and in some cases, where a person connects. The Family Finder, mt-DNA and other tests may help you find others that may be related to you within several generations.
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.
Y- DNA Project
This project is open to all men named Poingdestre, Poindexter, Pendexter, Puddester and other spelling variations or believe they might be a direct Y descendant of a Poingdestre but somewhere along the line the surname was changed. Who can benefit from the Y-DNA test? Men whose biological father, grandfather, great grandfather, and so on, may have been a Poindexter. The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son, making it the only DNA test that can prove a male's lineage to our Poingdestre forefathers.
Women are invited to sponsor a male parent, sibling or cousin's Y-DNA test. Talk with your male Poindexter relative about joining our project and take the Y-DNA test.
Please order a test kit for at least 67 from FamilyTreeDNA. If you can afford the 111 marker test, order this as we plan for the future. View the Y-DNA Results page of the Poindexter DNA Project.
Other DNA Tests
Women and men: If you do not descend from the Poingdestre family via the Y chormosome, you can still join our project. You may still find some family connections you didn't know you had.
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.
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 three Y-DNA participants from the Isle of Jersey and another participant whose parents moved from the Isle of Jersey in the 1940's to England.
Can you participate in the DNA Project?
Yes! If you are male and your line back to George, John C., or whoever your immigrant or earlist Poingdestre ancestor was, is all male (paternal), then you can participate in the Y-DNA test. 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 or early 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.
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 have questions, please contact our project administrators (Robin Daviet and Jamie Poindexter) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated August 30, 2017