Like most of you I have struggled for many years trying to sort out all of the Lumpkins through census and other historical record. Although these results give us a good idea of our roots they are not without errors due to variables that we could never know such as adoption, infidelity or just no way to know the real relationship between person that we can only assume are related.
This is why I started the Lumpkins DNA project at Family Tree DNA. So far I have had one test completed besides my own. I have also acquired the test results that were completed from another DNA analysis. The results have shown three distinct families that are completely unrelated. I would like to invite all interested male Lumpkins to join this project so we can once in for all realize how we are related.
Anyone interested in following this exciting means to confirm our long held assumption can go to https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Lumpkin and keep up with the latest news. Hopefully, we can convince more male Lumpkins to participate in the DNA project (female DNA will not follow the Lumpkins lineage as it will only follow the maternal lineage).
Anyone that would like to participate can go to the aforementioned link and sign up. Family Tree DNA is currently offering a discounted price so I hope we can get some Lumpkins to sign up soon. The project also allows for any interested persons to donate money to the fund so that those Lumpkins that cannot afford to pay for the test can still provide the desperately needed DNA to make this project successful. Those of you that would like to donate to the fund can do so by going to the aforementioned website. Just for the record, I have no access to the funds other than to use it for DNA testing of willing participants.
For the rest of you please just enjoy the confirmation of our long held assumptions. All I ask is that you spread the word so we can get as much participation as possible!