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From: "gareth.henson" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Recruiting of yDNA Participants
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 00:15:38 +0100
My wife has SHAKESPEAR(E) ancestors, although we have no contact with any
living relatives with that surname.
You are right, it is very rare, it has all the marks of a single origin
surname (in Warwickshire, England, which is where my wife is from).
So - any potential SHAKESPEARE projects out there, please????
There is now at last a HENSON/HANSON project, if anyone knows someone who
knows someone who knows a relative of the late Jim Henson (creator of the
Muppets etc.) please could they pass the message along and get them to join!
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Wilson" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 11:59 PM
Subject: RE: [DNA] Recruiting of yDNA Participants
> The Wilson surname project got above four dozen participants without
> aggressive outreach effort, as far as I know. I came on as co-coordinator
> after it had been in existence for well over a year. The project was
> discussed on the WILSON-L list at RootsWeb, which is fortunately not
> to the subject matter. I believe many people signed up after hearing about
> it on that list. A handful of people who ordered kits did not return them.
> Most, however, did.
> We have had mostly "walk-ins" in the course of 2004. Several Wilsons found
> us and joined the project at the rate of one every month or so. One or two
> (I forget which) Wilsons ordered a test without going through the surname
> project. We got him/them enrolled and secured the discount test price
> retroactively. On another occasion I found a Wilson at Ysearch who was not
> part of the project. That individual consented to adding his haplotype to
> the results table on the Wilson DNA page but did not affiliate with the
> project. Similarly Jim Wilson, who is working with David Faux on the
> Shetland Islands Project, allowed us to post his haplotype even though he
> not an enrolled member of the Wilson Surname project.
> We are fortunate enough to have a few Wilson participants from across the
> Atlantic in the, uh -- gosh, what to call them. You know, those islands
> where England and Scotland and Ireland and Wales are located. We could use
> more. In the Lovelace/Loveless surname project, which I follow closely,
> administrators are still trying to get some English participants to help
> tie down the roots of the three major and completely distinct Lovelace
> in North America. We almost had one a couple of months ago, but he didn't
> submit his samples after ordering the kit. Drat!
> I imagine the dynamics of recruitment will vary depending on the surname.
> Projects for common surnames like Wilson will probably grow without
> aggressive outreach efforts simply because the growth of interest in DNA
> genealogy will catch more Wilsons in a random sample than people with less
> frequently encountered surnames like, say, Shakespeare or Hathaway.
> David Wilson
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