My name is Craig Harris and I run a successful DNA surname project and decided to start and run another one! I picked the Aldrich name as this has been one of my brick walls.
I have no affiliation with any DNA testing companies and I'm doing this in my spare time.
For a successful DNA project, creating and answering questions is the most inportant part.So, I registered and created the project pages at http://www.aldrichdna.orghttp://www.aldrichdna.org
What is hoped to be accomplished.
1. Determine if two people with your surname are related and descend from the same ancestor. 2. Identify your ancestry when traditional documentary genealogical research methods have failed (provide clues or solve brick walls). 3. Identify where to focus and pursue additional traditional documentary genealogical research. 4. Verify that your traditional documentary genealogical work is accurate and scientifically verified (confirm a family tree). 5. Find genetic cousins you did not know you had. 6. Prove or disprove a research theory.
The biggest accomplishment and challenge would be determining the Y-DNA values for George Aldrich who was born in Derbyshire, England.But, males, that have a solid paper record, would have to join this project.
Only DNA from the Y-chromosome will be tested and as such, only males who are directly descended (or believed to be descended) from the Aldrich family name are eligible.This also includes spelling variants of the surname such as Aldridge, Arledge, Allred, Alldredge, Aldridge, etc.If you are a female researcher, you can participate indirectly if you have a brother, father, paternal uncle, or male cousin with the Aldrich or variant surname who is willing to submit a DNA sample.
Please visit http://www.familytreedna.comhttp://www.familytreedna.com to have a look around and see how the test is taken and the steps that they do to protect the privacy of the individual.