A CARROLL/Carel Y-DNA project is well underway, but needs more men to participate. This is a difficult surname to research, and many, many of us have been at our brick walls for a long time. Using DNA is one good way to overcome some of those walls, but first more men with the CARROLL surname are needed to send a sample of their DNA to be profiled with the ones already submitted. Once there are enough samples to create a larger database, so comparisons can better be made, then individuals will be able to find matches better.
I would like to encourage all who can to do the 37 marker test rather than 12 or 25. Kevin Carroll is Administrator for the Carroll Y-DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA, and his e-mail address is available on the Carroll pages at FamilyTreeDNA. The three sites for the project are:
There is also a mail list related to Carroll DNA. Eric Olson serves as Administrator for that list. You can join the mail list by sending a letter to CARROLL-L-DNA-REQUEST@rootsweb.com with only the word SUBSCRIBE in the body of the message.
I am not an expert in this new venture, and I am just learning along with the rest of you. I do believe this is the only way some of us will learn how we relate to each other, so I hope more men with the Carroll surname will consider becoming a member of the project.
Two interesting articles regarding DNA have just been published that might be of interest to some of you.
"Time Magazine" for July 11, 2005 has an article entitled "Can DNA Reveal Your Roots?". This one is related to genealogy research and tells the different tests which can be used and what each will help to show.
In the August 2005 issue of "National Geographic Adventure" there is an article about the Genographic Project, which is a world wide study of the movements of human beings on the planet earth. The "Map of Us All" tells a little about the work of Spencer Wells as he has traveled around the world taking samples of DNA.
Anyone who might be interested in joining the Genographic Project who has already done a 12 marker test with FamilyTreeDNA can do so for payment of a $15 fee which will aid the participating indigenous populations. See: http://www.familytreedna.com/ftdna_genographic.html#q5http://www.familytreedna.com/ftdna_genographic.html#q5