Family history DNA tests can be very useful if you are inquisitive about your Rix ancestry or wish to establish if you are related to other Rix lines or not. I am Trevor William Rix living in the county of Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Suffolk is the county to the south of Norfolk so I am not far away from the places where the majority of Rix ancestors trace back to and lived. My Rix line traces back to the Letton/Cranworth/Shipdham area of Norfolk. For my line the most common forename was Timothy and the most common occupation was bricklayer. I started my family history research as a teenager over 40 years.
I am the group administrator for the Rix (and variants such as Ricks) DNA Projects that are hosted by two of the major family history DNA companies in the world; Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA. The third company that I recommend to consider for a DNA test is the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.
The most useful DNA test for determining the ancestry of surnames is the Y-DNA test for males. Y-DNA is passed almost unchanged all the way down the male line from fathers to sons. For example, in comparing the Y-DNA results for Rix line A with those for Rix line B it is possible to determine if those two lines had a common male ancestor or not. Used in conjuction with conventional paper genealogical research DNA can help solve family mysteries, break down brickwalls, and join families together, or conversely prove that two Rix lines are not related. As females do not have any Y-DNA they are encouraged to sponsor a close male relative such as father, brother, uncle or cousin to take the Y-DNA test on their behalf. This will establish the Y-DNA for their particular line of Rix. Y-DNA tests are only useful for family history and have nothing to do with medical or forensic tests.
If you are interested in representing your line of Rix I can help you choose a test, explain the jargon, and interpret the results. There are several choices of Y-DNA test available from the companies mentioned above. I would recommend that you consider the following tests in this order.
(1) Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.comhttp://www.familytreedna.com The largest family history DNA testing company in the world with over 90% of the commercial market. The largest database of Y-DNA results in the world with strong support for over 4925 Surname Projects such as the one that I administer for Rix. The best combination of value for money and useful results is the 37 marker test which has a normal list price of US$259. This price is reduced to US$189 when ordered via the Rix ftDNA project page https://www.familytreedna.com/surname_join.aspx?code=Y38241 , or only US$119 if ordered by 31st August 2008. View more information on the Rix project and results at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/rixhttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/rix
(2) Ancestry DNA http://dna.ancestry.comhttp://dna.ancestry.com Ancestry have recently purchased Relative Genetics which was one on the major testing companies in the world. Ancestry have a large userbase and are well placed to provide a good service. At the moment Ancestry have a 50% off sale until September 2008 I believe. Choose either the 33 marker test for US$74.50 (normally $149), or the 46 marker test for US$99.50 (normally $199) from http://dna.ancestry.com/selectTest.aspxhttp://dna.ancestry.com/selectTest.aspx . The Rix DNA page on Ancestry is http://dna.ancestry.com/findGroups.aspx?mode=search&query=rixhttp://dna.ancestry.com/findGroups.aspx?mode=search&query=rix
(3) Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation http://www.smgf.orghttp://www.smgf.org SMGF is a worldwide research project that has the aim of determining the ancestry of mankind. This is a well established and funded organisation with an excellent reputation. SMGF provide free DNA tests for anyone that requests a free kit. The only cost is your postage in returning the kit back to their laboratory in the USA. The disadvantages are that SMGF do not direct inform you of your results, and it normally takes one to two years for the results to appear on their websites. So, if your budget is limited and you do not mind waiting SMGF is an excellent alternative to the commercial tests. ftDNA and Ancestry directly inform their customers of their results in two to three months. Request your kit from http://www.smgf.orghttp://www.smgf.org
To summarise, I would like to see at least one male from each Rix line in the world take a Y-DNA test so that we can work out where and how the Rix surname originated and evolved. Did Rix have one origin or multiple origins? The four tests completed so far indicate multiple origins.
Please ask your questions on this message board or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be pleased to assist, explain, recommend and help interpret results. This is purely a hobby for me and I have no commercial interest in any of the tests mentioned above.