Welcome to the 21st century! The Bates Family of Old Virginia and The Bates Association have joined up for a DNA project. Click here to go to the DNA Test information page found at the The Bates Family of Old Virginia web site.
Family Tree DNA is the firm conducting the surname project. Go to their site for more details about the process. Our surname project is one of the larger ones being conducted at this time.
For the results so far, also located at The Bates Family of Old Virginia web site, click here.
DNA testing is just another valuable tool that can be used to point us in the right direction and is not a tell-all tool.