Harrods now have a chance to jump over their brick walls with DNA.
The new Harwood Y-DNA Surname Study is a volunteer project designed to use DNA patterns in tracing different Harwood (including Harrod, Harrud, Horwood and related variant spelling) family lines and to find and prove or disprove relationships between and within these family lines.
Spelling note: Some researchers on Harrod, Horwood, and other variant spellings may find their name is a phonetic spelling of Harwood pronounced with a centuries-old British accent slurring some letters.
All males with the Harwood, Harrod and related surnames are cordially invited to submit a Y-DNA test and join the study. It's a test where you just scrape the inside of your cheek with a little plastic do-hickey -- no blood involved -- no medical information recorded or reported. The test kit is ordered on the internet from the leading genealogical testing company with the largest databank. Females have no y for the test, but are cordially invited to participate by recruiting a father, brother, or paternal uncle, cousin or nephew, etc. with the Harwood surname to test, and by helping with the cost-sharing.
One important objective of our tracing program is to collect tests representing the various principal Harrod / Harwood lines immigrating from the British Isles to the United States. We need to determine which of these different Harwood and related-spelling lines coming down from different immigrants arriving at different times might have been related to a common ancestor.
An equally important objective is to collect tests representing the principal Harwood lines in the British Isles. This information and the resulting exchange of information between related lines would substantially promote our goal of tracing different Harwood lines back as early as possible in the British Isles. British internet sites tracing the Harwood families in Britain could be good places to find suitable test subjects.
- to identify the unique dna profile of different Harwood lines and find which lines are related,
- to enable Harwood descendants to verify and confirm the accuracy of their tracing back to an alleged Harwood ancestor,
- to help trace each line back through its immigrant ancestor and back as early as possible in the old country,
- to find Harwood cousins both in America and across the ocean and exchange information, and
- to help focus our traditional Harwood research on the names, places and times most likely to be productive.
We're now open for business. Come on in, and help us build an informative and productive dna surname study for Harwood and related spellings.
If you or a relative have already had a y-dna test with FTDNA, please join our surname study. You can continue as a member of a geographical study such as British Isles.
If you are from a Harwood line that is not yet represented by two confirming tests in this study, please consider submitting a test.
If you are in contact with Harwood descendants coming down from a different line, consider explaining the dna testing program and its benefits and potential to them and encouraging them to participate.
Suggestion: Think of a possible connection you may have to another line that you most want to prove or disprove. For example, you may have a strong suspicion based on associations in the public records that your ancestor is descended from a Harrod family in VA, NC or MA, but perhaps you just can't find the probate records to prove it. Next, search through GenForum or RootsWeb or elsewhere, send a few emails, and find and recruit a male Harwood descendant from that line whose test results, compared with yours, would either prove or disprove that connection.
If tests show the other line is unrelated, cross it off your list. If the other line is a match for yours, then you can focus your research and search all the records on the other line, and not waste your time on unrelated lines.
Many of the most valuable test matches reportedly come from test subjects we recruit ourselves. We know the most about what we want to find out, and we have the greatest incentive to figure out how to get it done.
If you have any questions, please email me at:
guXit tar d-dna at swXb ell.n et [with no X's or spaces].