The DNA Doe Project is a non-profit organization that uses investigative genetic genealogy to identify unknown remains. Unlike CODIS, the use of genetic genealogy can produce familial matches up to about the fifth cousin range. This cutting-edge technology can help to identify John and Jane Does who were previously unidentifiable using traditional investigative methods.
We want this process to be as easy as possible for our clients, so our organization offers comprehensive services to guide your agency through the entire process. The DNA Doe Project is not a lab and will never take possession of a DNA sample. Our Agency Liaison will work with you to choose the best lab based on the specifics of your unique case. Once the lab work is complete, our Bioinformatics Specialist with produce a file compatible with the public genealogy databases we use for the genealogical research portion of the process. That file is then uploaded to GEDmatch, and sometimes FamilyTreeDNA, at which point our dedicated team of volunteer investigative genetic genealogists gets to work.
If your agency does not have the budget to cover lab fees, the DNA Doe Project will raise the funds for you while working on the case.
The DNA Doe Project welcomes the opportunity to assist you with your John and Jane Doe cases. When contacting us, please have the following information available:
- Has previous DNA testing already been done?
- If so, who did it?
- Has the DNA profile been entered into CODIS?
- Is the case in NamUs?
- What remains are still available for testing?
All of this information will help our Agency Liaison guide you through the process. The single most important decision an agency can make is which lab to use for DNA extraction and/or sequencing. The DNA Doe Project can make recommendations based on the quality and quantity of the sample in your specific case. Once the remains have been shipped to one of our partner labs, our Lab Liaison will monitor progress and keep you informed each step of the way. When sequencing and bioinformatics have been completed, your case will be assigned to a team which will conduct the investigative genetic genealogical research. The Team Lead will keep you apprised of any developments in the case and update you on a monthly basis.
If you have a case that would benefit from the use of Investigative Genetic Genealogy, please contact us.