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Poindexter DNA Project

Genetic Genealogy

Genetic Genealogy

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 mmarkkers from FamilyTreeDNA. If you can afford the 111 marker test, order this as we plan for the future.

View the Y-DNA Results chart showing our subgroupings for each set of DNA results of males using the Poingdestre, Poindexter, Pendexter or Puddester surname. Each group is a distinct group of males that are related to others in the group (for example, Group 01, 02, etc. We have further divided some groups into subgroups where we can identify a specific branch, for example, a, b, c, etc.

Other DNA Tests

Women and men: If you do not descend from the Poingdestre family via the Y chromosome, you can still join our project. You may still find some family connections you didn't know you had.

  • Family Finder: this test focuses on autosomal DNA, which is inherited from both your mother and your father, your four grandparents, your eight great-grandparents, etc. This test is designed to find living relatives on all of your ancestral lines within the last five generations and can also give you a breakdown of your ethnic makeup by percentage.
  • mtFull Sequence: this test may help you find genetic cousins along your direct maternal line.

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.

    • Males, we suggest you order at least the Y-DNA67 with 67 markers but we recommend the Y-111 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 April 15, 2018

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