DNA could be helpful. http://htmlsd.com/http://htmlsd.com/ This project was started in 2001 by Suzanne Johnston and Linda Sparks Starr.The Johnson DNA study came next. Harold Johnson and his "cousins" were the first to jump onto that bandwagon and Harold, Suzanne and Linda took off.Without these people, none of this would be here for us today.Lea Dowd is the latest on board having taken over the "Clark" Project administration and now the web pages.
As a result of it's early beginning, the Clark(e) Surname DNA Project is historically listed as a Pioneer DNA Surname Project. While this project was started at FamilyTreeDNA, we welcome submissions from others who have been tested through other projects.For those that seek a more detailed scientific explanation you are urged to visit http://www.familytreedna.com/http://www.familytreedna.com/.As of 1/4/2010, we have 205 members and 198 kits returned.
Before requesting to join our research group, please read:
Our project tracks male Clark(e) members, so the swab must be collected from a male with the surname of Clark(e). We also require that each of our participants submit his pedigree to be posted on our web page for others to observe and compare DNA test results. No names will be posted after a birth date of 1900.
YDNA will show you the large family group of Clark(e)s back to before surnames. It might even show that your forebear wasn't a Clark, but another surname -- called Non-paternity events. YDNA won't tell you the name of your gr,gr,gr-grandfather or whether you descend from his son "George, John or William." It will only get you into a ball park family group IF other relatives have participated in this study. This is what our study is attempting to do...
The identity of the "family group" is only as good as the paperwork of all participants. DNA is not a substitute for doing "genealogy" the old fashioned way -- corroborating each and every generation with good sources, connecting all the dots, making sure "the John Clark here" is your "John Clark there." For privacy reason we don't publicly post any data after 1900, thus it is in everyone's best interest that people exhaust the paperwork sources before taking the test.
Please be sure and visit Linda Sparks Starr's website Colonial Virginia Connections for a wealth of information on many of these families.