Recently, several branches of Stewart families have grouped together to begin a DNA surname reconstruction project. The goal of our Stewart/Stuart Study is to find other Y-DNA fingerprint matches, and confirm lineage back to a common ancestor.The results of our present study can be found at www.angelfire.com/nb/stewartdna
To accomplish our goal we identified several members of one Stewart family branch and have had their DNA tested with a 25 marker test.We have a documented paper trail that identifies these three individuals as having a common ancestor 5 generations ago.The results of these 3 known related Stewart individuals have determined a genetic fingerprint for this individual family line of the Stewart surname
We then broadened our scope of testing to other Stewart branches who lived near this Stewart line in the North Carolina area.We have a total of about 20 participants in our study.They have lines going back to Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina Connecticut, England and other areas.The areas of ancestry of the participants are delineated on the web site.
We would like to further broaden our study to include Stewart family members from other parts of the United States and overseas.In other words, any Stewart who is male and carries the Stewart surname would be beneficial and welcome to participate in our study.Only males carry the Y-chromosome that is used in this particular type of testing.It is passed from father to son just like the surname.
A perfect match on the 25 marker test can prove commonality of an ancestor between 7 to 30 generations.Roughly that would be between the years 1400 and 1860.We felt that we should broaden our scope to beyond the shores of America as much immigration has occurred during that time span and we may find common ancestors in many places.
The company who is facilitating this study for us is Family Tree DNA.They are providing a discounted rate to us because of the size of our study.The 12 marker test is $99 and the 25 marker test is $169 with $2 for shipping.If these prices sound like a lot of money to you, just consider the money that you have spend driving to cemeteries, interviews, purchasing books/computers/software, joining societies and all the other necessities for a serious genealogist (not to mention your time) and if you are like me, this price begins to look like a bargain.You not only may find matches, but you will also be able to eliminate some of the lines that you have been suspicious may be yours and in reality are not.
I may be contacted at Bobbkat1@aol.com with any questions that are not answered at the website for those of you who are interested in becoming participants or recruiting others in your family to take the test.