Genetic Genealogy: The Woodson Family's Experience

  title={Genetic Genealogy: The Woodson Family's Experience},
  author={Sloan R. Williams},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  • Sloan R. Williams
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
In 1998, Foster and colleagues published the results of a genetic study intended to test whether Thomas Jefferson could have fathered any of Sally Hemings' children. They found that the Jefferson Y chromosome haplotype matched that of a descendant of Hemings' youngest child, but not that of the descendants of the eldest son, Thomas Woodson. The Woodson descendants were shocked by the study's finding, which disagreed with their family oral history. They were suspicious of the study conclusions… 
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