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From: Alan Savin <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Using the mtDNA Concordance???
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 20:20:17 +0000
>Let me cite an example of why I think there is value in the current
>technology and promise for near term improvement and why I think it is, and
>will become even more so, a valid genealogical tool and therefore the
>results can be constured as genealogy.
>Over the years I have established a database of some 6,000 researchers of
>various Wells families. We know that there were at least 20 separate and
>apparently unrelated Wells founders of American families in the Colonies
>from as early as 1620. Others came later and they continue to migrate even
>today. Many of these families have been well researched and we have family
>trees from the earliest immigrants down to present descendants. In some
>cases these families have been traced back to their roots in England into
>the 1500s. Many of these families got their names from different sources.
>Some lived by the Well in a village, some corrupted from other spellings
>such as Welles, Wyllys, Wills, Wales Wels, Welz etc.
>There are similar groups in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
>Since we have such a wide base of researchers who each have extended
>families we have an opportuntiy to bring to the table/research study
>samples from possibly thousands of focused descendants. My personal goal
>is 1,000 participants. I am sure we can easily achieve this. I do not
>know if it will exceed this but there is a lot of interest.
>What I feel confident we will be able to do is identify markers that are
>specific to the "major" Wells lines and will be able at the outset to
>identify these specific families and determine if there is any relationship
>between any of them. If this is found we already have success in that some
>will lead us to the right English records and possibly English families
>where we will get the benefit of the cross research from both sides of the
>"pond" to add to the knowedge fo both groups.
>Of even more import is that there are many researchers in the US and
>elsewhere who are absolutely stuck at some point in the 1800s or 1700s. It
>appears as though their ancestor was somehow dropped by a passing alien
>space ship. If we can match their family members up with known trees we
>give them a place to extend their research in focused direction without the
>shotgun approach of wondering where to look next. These are the ones who
>will benefit most at the start.
>As we get deeper into the research we will be able to match the DNA up from
>descendants of various branches of the families and I am hoping the
>research in the BYU primary project will yield the tools to narrow the
>identification of specific ancestors in a given tree. This will greatly
>assist in both identifying likely specific ancestors for some researchers,
>but to also dispell some errors that currently exist. There are some
>situations where various researchers are in total disagreement on certain
>ancestors. I hope by careful analysis we will be able to resolve some of
>The results won't be perfect, but there will be usable results. Some of the
>participants will receive no help while others will gain new insights into
>their ancestry. These results are specficially focused on application to
>genealogical research. As such, yes I believe it is another tool for
Well said Orin, (pun not intended)
I am impressed with your target of 1,000+ samples. This could well turn
into a landmark study. Incase you do not realise I have been signed up to
the Wells list for a few months now to follow your progress.