Recently, I have become very much interested in DNA genealogy.I believe that DNA can be used to solve two very important Akers problems.As you know, our ancestors had very little schooling.As a consequence, they spelled their names in different ways.A little computer searching will show that the Akers surname could possibly be spelled as:Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikerson Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst, Acree, Akerman, Achers,Ackard, Akker, Eckers, Eggers, and more.I believe that DNA could identify those of the same ancestry.
Between 1650 and 1700, there were two men named William Akers who migrated to the colonies.One of these was a quaker who settled in Hunterdon, N. J. The other William settled in Virginia.Both men had good size families.In time both families were involved in a movement to the South and West.It appears that they avoided the mountains by moving down the shenandoah valley to Virginia and Kentucky.My guess is that the two families mixed as they relocated.This created several problems regarding lineage.I believe that DNA could be used to seperate the sheep from the goats (so to speak).....Here is my problem.I understand that the DNA test is highly sofisticated (same as complex) and costly, therefore cost prohibited.Secondly, how could a testing program be developed.I am willing to play the game so long as it does not cost an arm and a leg.(I have seen websites where a person could have his DNA determined for $100).Got any ideas?
In answer to your question, I am a descendant of the Virginia family.I seriously doubt that my lineage is close to Hiram's.My great grand father was born (probably in Montgomery County, Va. in 1810).I have been searching for his father for over ten years.
If you have any DNA advise, please let me know.DAVID