Use this link† to join the project and purchase your DNA test.
Your genetic test kit consists of a cheek scraper and a collection tube. In about five minutes, you will be able to read the instructions and perform a painless cheek scraping. The effect of using the scraper is about the same as brushing your cheek with a soft bristle toothbrush.
The Y chromosome is passed from father to son unchanged, except for a
mutation about every 500 generations.† Testing the Y chromosome will
provide you with a genetic finger print consisting of 12,25 or 37
numbers.† By comparing this finger print to others with your surname,
you can determine if they are related.
The objectives of Surname Projects vary.† Here are a few:
Identify others who are related
Prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors
Solve brick walls in your research
Determine a location for further research
Validate existing research
It takes 4-6 weeks for the results to be mailed from the lab.
Then we can post results from everyone that has sent a Release Form.
the more I'm involved with DNA testing,† the more
interesting it becomes.†† I have to admit it does NOT answer all your
questions.†† Although It can and does help answer some questions,† like
everything else in Genealogy,† it creats as many (More) than it answers.†††
And Nowhere in the process are you advised to abandon the paper trail.††
In most instances you'll need both the paper trail and the DNA to find
that illusive connection..†
†††† The typical question that many of us ask...†† Just how can DNA
testing help me??†† Take into consideration† a Surname study..† Two
variations in spelling of the same or similar Surname..† A DNA test can
possibly tell if they share a common ancestor...† (or not! :-) )†† One
particular Surname† Study that I'm aware of Shows a definite division, in
that, some have a Scottish ancestry,† where as others of the same surname
are definitely of English origins..†† A DNA test could help you to
discover relatives you didn't know you have...†† A DNA test could possibly
help you to connect to someone who has been a bit more successful in
tracing their line than you have...††
†††† There are a lot of ,what could be construed as, stumbling blocks
with DNA testing also..†† it could show adoptions that were unknown -
verify extra-martial affairs that have been hidden a few
years/generations..† affairs/liaison's that happened out of wedlock (as we know it)..†
†††† The below links are offered if any of you are interested in
receiving current newsletters on the subject or reading the archives..†† if
not please use your delete button..
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If you missed any of the past issues, they can be found online at
FamilyTreeDNA.com.† Click on the link below for the past issues of Facts +
Dear Mari -
My name is Bill Van Hemert, and I am assisting our FTDNA Haplogropup 'G' Project Administrator, Peter Christy, with membership.
Congratulations, I see that you have practically all 'G's in your surname project ! Could I ask you to pass this invitation along to all your 'G' members and yourself if
you're a 'G' ? We would love to have you all join us on this journey of discovery.
Since it's possible to belong to more than one y-DNA project at FTDNA, I would hope that membership in both Projects would add to your members' knowledge of DNA genealogy and add
to the value that they received from their testing.
IF they are interested in the project, they may seek additional information:
IF they are interested in joining, this is the procedure:
"Any FTDNA or National Geographic Genographic Project client who had their Y-DNA tested
to predict or confirm that they are a member of Haplogroup G is welcome to join. Click the
blue "JOIN" button on your FTDNA personal page, then click on "G1" from the "Y Haplogroup
Projects" at the bottom of the "Group Join" page.
Alternatively, if you know your FTDNA Kit Number and Password, go directly to the public
page at the above link and click "Request to Join this Group"."
Thanks for your time,
W_G VanHemert [firstname.lastname@example.org]