I have a question, well almost a proposition, for you to please consider. I have been fascinated with Y chromosome research since the study of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings descendants was published last year. As imperfect as the conclusions published with that study may have been, I see in the science a tremendous potential for us who can't seem to get onto the right ancestral paper trail. It seems to me that this new genealogical tool could be used to answer several questions such as: Are any of the half dozen or so apparently unconnected Jarman / German groups in the US actually related? (A similar question can also be asked in Australia and New Zealand.) Are the Welsh Jarmans a separate family or do they have English roots? And the big prize we could hope for is to tie our families to English Jarmans who know which parishes their ancestors lived in a couple of hundred years ago. I do not see finding a DNA match as the end of our quest but rather as an important clue to help us focus our efforts and reduce our research expenses.
Other surnamed families are launching their own Y chromosome projects. An example may be found at http://www.mumma.org/DNA.htmhttp://www.mumma.org/DNA.htm(this is not a site for Jarman research - just an interesting discussion of a project).
I would be very interested in learning if there is enough support among members of this list to attempt our own project. There are three hurdles we have to clear in order to be successful. The first is that the name Jarman / German / etc. presumably has multiple origins so we need a LARGE number of samples. The second problem is the test although painless (no needles) is expensive - I've seen prices as high as $220 US dollars. The third obstacle is that the samples must come from men who bear the surname - even women whose maiden name was Jarman / German / etc. cannot provide samples because women do not have Y chromosomes. But ladies and others for whom Jarman is a maternal line, would you be willing to help pay some of the lab expenses?
What are your thoughts? I look forward to hearing from you.
John German - g-g-g-g-g-g-grson of Robert Jarman, c1680-1761 firstname.lastname@example.org