Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Do the DNA.Whipple.org and the Whipple DNA project work together?

I just read the following question on the RootsWeb Whipple mailing list:
So do the DNA.Whipple.org and the Whipple DNA project work together or are they complete separate entities. What is the best way to do an DNA test? Would the National Geographic test work as well? I was interested in that project before I started researching my ancestry but have not done any at this time. Looking forward to seeing what develops.

Here is a response from the co-coordinator for the Whipple group (posted to the same mailing list):
For genealogy purposes the wisest choice is FTDNA or worldfamilies.com. ... FTDNA and worldfamilies cooperate closely. Worldfamilies sponsors a "surname group" for Whipple and others. Ordering your test through worldfamilies gives you an FTDNA test, and supports worldfamilies efforts in supporting surname groups and other efforts. I belong to three surname groups, two of which operate through worldfamilies, and serve as a co-coordinator for the Whipple group, a role I have only recently started and am learning.

The key issue is to to have ready facilities for sharing your results for genealogy studies. In this case there is a significant difference between "genealogy" as in the effort to find your specific relatives, and "genealogical" as in tracing the possibilities of your relationships before people had names. My opinions, of course.
Here is the Whipple Website's response:
The Whipple DNA web site (dna.whipple.org) is more of a "cheer leading" site, focused on very specific objectives, the chief of which--at the moment, at least--is determining whether--or not--the two largest Whipple families in America share a "recent" common ancestor. Whether the answer is "yes" or "no" will help focus future Whipple genealogical research.

I used FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) for my own tests (mainly because so many others have done the same). I'm satisfied. For the present, I recommend the same test for other patrilineal male descendents who are interested in genealogical DNA. If you are a descendant of either Matthew or John of Ipswich, Massachusetts, I am particularly interested in results of your tests.
So, there you have it.

Weldon Whipple, Webmaster, Whipple Website


  1. Ouch.. $139-219 This will have to wait till around the end of January. You help me feel the process is worth it, and if I can use it to prove that I had relatives serve in the Revolutionary War then apparently I can receive more funding for school. I was informed of this by my elderly neighbor. I see striking resemblance of prominent characteristics in Whipple pictures and portraits, but I'll test and keep my fingers crossed. :)

  2. Hmm... I hadn't thought about using DNA to prove that you had relatives that served in the Revolutionary War.

    You MIGHT want to start with the cheapest test. (That's what I did.) It should be able to tell you if you're even "close" to a Revolutionary War relative. If that test looks promising, then you can pay a little more and get more results if required.

    I would also verify that DNA tests satisfy the requirement that gives more funding for school. (I've heard about scholarships for relatives that served in the Revolutionary War. Is it really true? Where does one apply for such scholarships?)

    Enough rambling. Let me know how things turn out.