John C. Brooks Attorney at Law 516 North Blount Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27604 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone No: (919) 828-4251 FAX: (919) 715-0282
January 25, 2004
New technology is now available to assist us in better determining both our ancestry and our possible kinship.Put another way, the purpose of this project is two fold: (1) to identify kinship between widely located “Brooks” families; and (2) to bridge the Atlantic Ocean to identify as far as possible the European origins of the several “Brooks” families.I am coordinating free of charge (Group Administrator) a Brooks Surname Project with J. Mark Price, Manager, Anthrogenealogy Response Center, Family Tree DNA (email@example.com) [Family Tree DNA – Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd.: World Headquarters, Suite 110, 1919 North Loop West, Houston, Texas 77008, USA; Telephone: (713) 868-1438; FAX: (832) 201-7147].
The expense of participating is solely that of the charges for tests by the Family Tree DNA.Participants need to be males with the “Brooks” surname at this stage.The Y chromosome provides the needed data.Testing the NRY portion of the Y chromosome tests only a tiny fraction on the Y chromosome.
One can participate with a genetic fingerprint consisting of 12 markers for a cost of $99.00 + $2.00 postage, 25 markers for a cost of $169.00 + $2.00 postage, or 37 markers for a cost of $-- + $2.00 postage.A person who wants a 12-marker test can upgrade later from a 12-marker test to a 25-marker test for an additional $90.00 should one want an upgrade for any reason.An upgrade to a 37-marker test is also available.[These DNA markers are just a few of the hundreds a person possesses, but research has refined the selection of these particular ones for the purpose of showing valid and conclusive kinship.DNA testing looks at part of the Y chromosome, or the mtDNA, and doesn't test for the other chromosomes for aberrant genes or disease indicators that medical and/or insurance companies would be interested in.]
A 12-marker test shows kinship where there are matches of 12/12, 11/12, and sometimes 10/12.The objective of the 25-marker test is to reduce the time frame of the common ancestor between matching participants.Our objective in establishing a “Surname Project” is to build a database that is able to document the “Brooks Family Tree” or “Trees”.We want to map out the Brooks families from their countries of origin to their present homes, showing relationships between families located in various parts of the United States and Europe.The more participants we have, the better the map that can be produced.
The saliva tests are simple, not invasive, and easy to administer.Test kits are furnished.The expense is mainly the laboratory work.Specific identification of the participant to others in the study is optional with each participant; although anonymous results will be shared with all the participants on a continuing “updated” basis as the study progresses.
It has taken three months to get my 25-marker results, but they are as follows:
How do your test results compare with these or those of other Brookses?
While my Brooks ancestors clearly and undisputedly go back to 1740 before we hit the unknown, we have a 12-12 marker match with a “Blanchard Y-DNA Surname Project” that is in progress.It will be interesting to discover the historic linkage, if possible.
While this project does not have a Web page of its own, I recommend that one look at a splendid Web page [http://www.kerchner.com/kerchner.htm] that Charles Kerchner [firstname.lastname@example.org] has produced for his “Kerchner Y-DNA Surname Project”.This page not only illustrates the value of this kind of project, but also provides important references that may be of interest to you.
I hope that all male "Brookses" will consider participating.