Hi Cousins I would like to let everyone know about the Lock(e) family DNA project.
The DNA project is a wonderful tool for genealogists, because with the support of Lock(e) men from around the world, they can compare the Y gene DNA against other Lock(e)'s. What this test does, is compare the Y gene passed down from father to son, in many cases unchanged.
I have visited the Shirley family DNA web site, and what I am seeing is, the Shirley family is seeing DNA results to be able to say certain Shirley lineages shared a common ancestor. Knowing which lineages are actually related and which isn't, is a bonus to all of us, because if we then see we shared a common ancestor with someone else, we can then trade data with other researcher(s) to see where that common link is.
The goal is to get as many Lock(e) men tested world wide. The more who participate, the more data they can compare to, and it doesn't take to long before a patern starts to emerge. In time, and with enough men involved, we can start to see a patern of which Lock(e)'s are related to other Lock(e)'s regardless where they came from. Not a Lock(e) male? ask your brother, father, uncle, or a close cousin who is a Lock(e) male to take the test.
Go to the DNA web site, click on any family name that is participating in the project, and see just how well the results are comming back for them. Many branches who before the DNA test, had no clues to link their lineage to any other lineage. After the test, and seeing the results of others who took the test, now they can see a DNA patern that links them to other lineages. Thats the goal, knowing which lineages are actually related, and then being able to share sources with other researchers who you now know share a common ancestor.
I have at least 1 Locke male from the Capt. John Lock lineage ready to take the test. In time after the results are sent to each of us, the 2 of us will be able to see IF there is a common ancestor between us. Even though I have my doubts my lineage is related to his, the test should tell us one way or the other. Who knows what we will see emerge once we have 100 or more men world wide take the DNA test.
This is a worthy project for all of us Lock(e)'s world wide, because in time, we all will be able to share and compare our DNA to other Lock(e)'s. We will be able to see whom is related to whom! The test won't tell us WHO that common ancestor was, but it gives us more data then we ever had before!
Folk lore says, all Lock(e)'s in the USA come from 1 common ancestor. I have to believe this DNA test will put that folk lore to rest. I think in time, the results will show us Lock(e)'s came from several different lineages. But only time and many test later, we will see exactly which lineages shared a common ancestor with others.
Like I said, go to the DNA web site, read what I have read. Learn what I have learned about this project. This can be a great tool for all of us who have a brick wall. It may not give us a direct answer as to whom that common ancestor was, but at least we will have the knowledge that you share a common ancestor with other Lock(e) researchers who are more then likely at a brick wall also.
I believe the project to be as worthy as any project, and if I understand it correctly, the DNA company will take donations on behalf of the Lock(e) DNA project if you wished to help out financially. My DNA test, I sent back in the mail yesterday 11/8/04 I for one look forward to seeing just how many Lock(e) lineages I actually do share a common ancestor with. :)
One thing you can help me out with. I will be publishing a web page soon. On that web page will list every Lock(e) lineage we can get our hands on. Meaning, say Joe Lock b. 1700 is as far back as you can trace. If he is not on the list already, please email me and send me his data so he can be added to the list. Last night I added around 30 different Lock(e) lineages just from the USA and I expect to add at least 30 to 100 more as time and information comes in.
I have little data on Lock(e)'s from other parts of the world, and we really need your information as soon as possible! The more lineages represented the better, and the more men from each lineage to take the DNA test the better.
Name, Birth date and place, Death date and place , and places he lived in. I don't need your whole family tree, just the 1 man you can trace back to, assuming he is your brick wall, meaning you can not trace any further back then that 1 Lock / Locke male. "if your Lock / Locke male can be traced to someone already on the list, then your family line is already covered. No need to send me any more info "