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From: Trevor <>
Subject: Re: [B&S] Genetic Genealogy
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 20:44:08 +1000
John Ritchings wrote:
> Greetings Trevor
I have just browsed and bookmarked the links you have so kindly
provided. I hope that other members of this group will also have a look.
I am afraid that I am going to become addicted! It looks rivetting
stuff, and I see that you have found it so too.
I have much to learn but I can see that several surnames of interest to
me are prominent.
Have you seen today's update on http://www.familytreedna.com re their
Surnames Project? it is worth a read and a browse. One of the projects
is my own very common surname. The project aims to tease out the
linkages between the various WILLIAMS lines! Wow!
I see also that there are linkages to the IGI and to familysearch.org's
More to have a look at, I can see!
Thank you so much
> In my experience genetic genealogy becomes as addictive as paper
> genealogy. I participated in the Genographic project towards the end of
> last year.
> The testing is undertaken by a US company named Family Tree DNA and they
> offered additional tests for a discounted fee, which having become
> hooked by the prospect of discovering my deep ancestry, I accepted.
> I was able to deduce that my origins were, like everybody else, out of
> East Africa, into the Arabian Peninsula and up into the Balkans. Then,
> after the Ice Age my ancestors spread into northern Germany and on up
> into Scandinavia. My family. it appears, were Anglo Saxons from
> northern Germany and they invaded England around 700 and eventually
> settled around Cirencester in Gloucestershire where they remained for
> many years. In C19 they began to emigrate across UK and the world.
> Genetic genealogy is more complex than paper genealogy, but it is
> possible to get a lot out of it without having to obtain a degree in
> genetics and/or statistics. It is also an evolving science and there
> are several databases being established for the basis of research, which
> is the primary purpose of the subject.
> One foundation will undertake free testing, but does NOT send you the
> results. It is however possible to find the results on the web site
> once entered in the database.
> There are a number of organisations offering test facilities, so find
> the one that suits you.
> You might also be interested in viewing the following:
> Hope this helps.
> John Ritchings
> From: Trevor <>
> Date: 29 April 2006 03:50:46 BST
> Subject: DNA Genealogy
> I have been approached to participate in a project to gather DNA samples
> for genealogical purposes. A simple cheek scrape is taken and forwarded
> on to a laboratory in America where results are stored in a database for
> matching with other peoples' samples.
> One of the arguments for this program seems to be that DNA-based
> genealogical work can help to break down the brick walls so many of us
> in this list talk about with, it is claimed, a very high degree of
> Before I commit a sum of money to this project (the approach came from a
> one-name group I belong to, and it seems a very attractive proposition),
> I thought I would tap into the wisdom and knowledge of this group.
> Does anyone have any comment or experience of this emerging genealogical
> work? Is it valuable? Is there anything similar in the United Kingdom?
> (The one-name group I am interested in, is in Ireland.)
> Melbourne, Australia
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