We all eventually get stuck in researching our family tree.Regardless of your research problem, DNA testing may provide that added information that enables you to make a connection or break through a brick wall.
The Ricketts DNA Project got started earlier this year, and we now have 20 participants.We have our first match between two trees, which is being actively pursued to find the documents to identify the connection.
DNA testing for genealogy is a harmless test that many genealogists have used to further their research.A Y-DNA test follows the direct male line, which is the man, his father, his father, and back in time.The result is 37 numbers, which contains no personal information.
Below are two 37 marker results. By comparing the two results, you can see that the two results match, so the two trees are related:
Ricketts is a multiple origin surname.This means that the surname came about at different times, in different places, with different men, who each carried a different Y-DNA result.As more Ricketts trees test, we will identify which trees are related, and this is extremely helpful in guiding your research and in identifying which household of multiple households in an area is your family tree.
From the 20 participants who have tested so far, we have 11 family trees represented.So far, we have 9 different genetic groups, with each group representing a different Y-DNA result.This is reasonable for a multiple origin surname and in the early stages of the project.
Ideally, two distant males in each family tree test.This validates these two branches, and identifies any mistaken connections.
For example, two males tested whose tree was in Jamaica in the 1600s, and their common ancestor was born c. 1680.Their DNA results match and therefore DNA testing confirms the document research of their family tree.
Perhaps your Ricketts tree will match these men, showing that a branch of your tree was in Jamaica at one time?Or, maybe you will match one of the UK trees which have tested, giving you a connection to the ancestral homeland.
DNA testing can save you any time or money that would have been spent pursuing false leads.
Consider taking a Y-DNA test.You must be male, and your surname Ricketts or variant, or you believe there is a Ricketts in your direct male line.If you are female, please find a male to represent your tree.
The cost is reasonable, and the 37 marker test is recommended.