Many of our "cousins" in the PRINCE Genealogy Discussion Group have been chasing their illusive PRINCE ancestor for many years. Some of us are just beginning. We are trying to find if perhaps some of our families are connected. Some family lines go the early 1700's, some only into the 1800's. Is there a connection? How can we find out? How do we break down these brick walls created by no paper trail to follow?
The answer is the use of a relatively new process in genealogy. DNA is a process discovered by scientists that has become an excellant aid as an identification tool for law enforcement, matching patients for transplants, and now to help genealogists determine family lines. The tests can be performed using blood, mouth swabs, or any bodily fluid. The process usually takes 5-7 weeks for the test to be run in a lab and the results known.
The Y chomosome is passed from father to son unchanged except for a mutation about every 500 generations. Testing the Y chomosome will provide you with genetic finger print consisting of 12 or 25 numbers. By comparing this fingerprint to others with the PRINCE surname, we can determine if they are related. The participants must be the direct male descendent of our PRINCE ancestor. If your PRINCE ancestor was female, then you must find a male PRINCE cousin to be the genetic representative of your PRINCE line.
Our objective for the project is:
1. Indentify others who are related
2. Prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors
3. Solve brick walls in your research
4. Determine a location for further research
5. Validate existing research
We chose Family Tree to do our testing. We have started with the 12 marker Y chromosome test. The 12 markers are sufficient to determine whether or not 2 people are related. The project price for the 12 marker test is $99.00 plus $2.00 postage. Individuals are considered related for the 12 marker test if they match 12/12, 11/12, and sometimes 10/12.
Participants can then upgrade to the 25 marker test for an additional $90.00. In the first 2 matches, it is recommended to upgrade. The objective of the 25 marker is to reduce the time frame of the common ancestor of the two individuals. The common ancestor is also referred to as the Most Recent Common Ancestor or MRCA.
Participants can start with the 25 marker test for our group rate of $169.00 plus postage. You may order the 12 marker test and return to "refine" your test at a later time without the need to re-submit another DNA sample!
Some of our ancestral lines are in England and Scotland. Some of our list "cousins" live in England, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. And of course, we have Northern Princes and Southern Princes here in the states. A lot of them are being very allusive!
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