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From: "George W. Page" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] GenealogyDNA.org site
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 22:12:35 -0400
At 08:41 PM 4/24/2002 -0400, george w haney wrote:
>Could you tell me how to get a Y chromosome test group started. What is the
>best lab to use and do they offer reduced rates for a group of X number of
>I have several Haneys, including myself, who are interested.
1. Gather info about Y-Chromosome DNA testing from the websites of Oxford
Ancestors; FTDNA, Chris Pomeroy, etc..
Contact them about their group rates and how you will qualify. I worked out
a group rate before I gave them the list of the names and addresses of the
people to be tested initially as a group. They agreed to honor additional
submissions from the same family later.
Become an expert enough to know what Y-Chromosome DNA testing will do and
not do, so that you can establish the goals of the project and sell it to
uninterested males from several different lines. It serves no really useful
purpose to get closely related males to participate. Distant cousins are
Are you trying to establish markers for several HANEY lines in America, or
determine if you all share a common ancestor?
Decide if you are will to have participation from HANEYs from all over the
world, or just the UK, and/or America.
2. Post messages to male HANEYs on the RootsWeb list, explaining the
project, asking for interested individuals to contact you to discuss details.
3. Keep an open mind about which lab to use and how many markers to test
for until your group is established so that you don't discourage
participation because you are testing too many markers thereby increasing
4. Decide who is going to manage the project, collect the data, and share
it with the group.
I found that I was best able to do this. Note that the labs usually send
the results only to the tested individuals, so they need to be convinced to
have them submit their results to the project manager in order to achieve
the most benefit from being tested.
It also takes the project manager out of the money collecting and paying of
the lab. The lab also sends out the test kits, saving that administrative
burden and expense.
I had the people in the group send me the results with a short synopsis of
the paternal family history. These were tabulated on a chart in ascending
numerical order by DYS, and sent only to the people who had furnished data.
When a new addition was added to the chart, everyone received the updated
Participants were more willing to share their test results with those
people who had been tested.