Hi All! I'm a Shifflet who has heard for years that there may be other surnames that really are related to us. I've agreed to be the admin for a new project with Family Tree DNA called the Shiflett DNA project but which will be for all spellings of it, along with Shiplett, Shipley, Shurtleff & any other variation that is believed to also be a part of the same family. I'll add names on the web page as I learn of other new ones that have been thought to be connected. This is the time for us to find out for sure! There is a SUPER SALE on the DNA kits for the rest of this month, which is why I decided (however late) to go for it and get the project started.
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A surname project requires a direct male line descendant to be the participant. That means that the females need to find a male cousin, uncle, grandfather, etc. to do the test for us. This is the Y-DNA kits.
A mtDNA test is for the direct line of females following the mothers back. It will tell the surname of the farthest back female around the time that surnames started and where it originated. I haven't done one of these myself yet, but I have had different relatives to test for me in 5 different projects, as well as helping a friend with his group project. Some of my surnames have had results, each different from the other, and some are still waiting for a match. It's been amazing to see how it closes some doors and opens up others. With my Adams family, we have had 2 families, an Owens line and a Hagins/Higgins line to match us. It appears that around the end of the 1700's, these 2 families adopted an Adams child and moved on south from NC to GA. We have families in our history that were known to have died young, and without children. Now we're taking a closer look and searching for records that may tell of the adoptions. These families would have continued to search for the missing link when in actuality there really isn't one to be found through their own surname.
So think about testing and lets find out if the assumptions over the years are true. Perhaps we may even find that the Shiflett's weren't really the first ones here after all. The web page isn't up yet but should be by the end of the weekend. Thanks for considering it!