The Marsh Families DNA Project is attempting to find which Marsh families are related, and to trace the deep ancestry origins of Marsh families using DNA.See the project web site at http://marshdna.arrrg.orghttp://marshdna.arrrg.org .
TRACING MARSH LINEAGES WITH DNA IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT:
Test the Y-DNA (Y chromosome DNA) of a male of surname Marsh, and if the string of numbers in the results match another Marsh male reasonably closely, the two are likely to be related.The closer the match, the more closely they are likely to be related.Sometimes when Marshes share unusual combinations of DNA marker values, it can link them to a specific branch of a specific family.In the project so far, we have linked Marshes to specific families, and corroborated speculated family trees.In some cases, we have identified probable/ possible ancestors livng around 1600, 1300, and 1066,and this has given a focus for conventional paper trail genealogical research.
Look at the results table at http://marshdna.arrrg.org/DNAresults.htmhttp://marshdna.arrrg.org/DNAresults.htm .Marshes have been placed in groups which have similarities in Y-DNA.If your Marsh family was tested, it might be possible to link it with one of the Marsh families tested so far.It might be possible to link it to a deep ancestral origin, eg, we have so far tentatively identified Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Native Briton Marsh lineages.
It is also possible to link your Marsh family with one of the very ancient divisions of the family tree of mankind, which are called "haplogroups".This is the male equivalent of the "seven daughters of Eve".
DNA TESTING OPTIONS:
There is no obligation to use any particular test company to test.Most companies test the same basic range of Y-DNA markers.At present, there are some discounts being offered by some companies.The Marsh DNA Project has access to group discounts at a number of test companies.There are even options to have a free test in a research project, see http://smgf.org/participation.htmlhttp://smgf.org/participation.html .The free test is very useful for genealogical research, but results can take 12-18 months to obtain.
REQUEST FOR HELP WITH MARSH DNA PROJECT:
The goal of the Marsh DNA Project, is to help any Marsh find their roots, and any male of surname Marsh is invited to participate.
It would help the Marsh DNA Project if Marshes with links to the known larger and older Marsh families, and links to specific ancestral areas in Europe, were to participate.This enables us to better link their kinsmen with their family heritage.It is also helpful to us if we can get several people from each family tested, preferably from the most distantly related branches, as when we do this, we can identify the variations in DNA specific to branches, and make better estimates of the Y-DNA of the early ancestors of the family.
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT:
If your family asks what you would like for Christmas, think about asking for a DNA test.
If anyone has any queries about the Marsh Families DNA Project, please contact John Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org .Don't forget to look at http://marshdna.arrrg.org/Links.htmhttp://marshdna.arrrg.org/Links.htm for links to information about general Marsh genealogical research, in particular links to information on Marshes from verious geographical locations.Information on Marsh Coats of Arms is at http://marshdna.arrrg.org/heraldry.htmhttp://marshdna.arrrg.org/heraldry.htm .