I wanted to follow up on an introductory posting about the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA program. So much has transpired since the inception of this project this past summer. After the general info here, we’ll give you specifics about the Alexander surname and our project.
First, neither Roberta Estes, Anne Poole, Nelda Percival nor Jennifer Sheppard are associated with the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research as was initially posted in the summer of 2007. We all resigned in September and are moving forward with our Genealogy and DNA Research program as an independent group of volunteers.
Secondly, our goal remains to discover whether or not any of the colonists survived. In order to make that determination we have put together a multi-step program.
Step 1 – Create a data base of DNA results and associated family genealogy in order to compare to same surname English families who are/may be related to the Lost Colonists. Step 2 – Research the surnames of interest which include the colonist roster and other surnames that emerge in the areas where the colonists are believed to have settled, if they in fact survived. Step 3 – Research the early NC and VA coastal records involving Native American tribes and early settlers. Step 4 – Research English records to find relatives of the lost colonists. Step 5 – Document the oral history and legends that pertain to the Lost Colony and colonist families including both family history and physical locations.
We are specifically looking for individuals who lose their genealogy very early in Eastern NC, those of Native American descent, or those who have done research either in NC, VA or the British Isles related to this surname.
In order to further that goal, we have established the two DNA project, a yline and a mitochondrial project which you can find at:
We (Nelda actually) have created a website where we are providing DNA information along with genealogical research and other relevant data. Our Lost Colony website is located at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/index.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/index.htm
Please consider contributing to the site if you have any historical or extracted records from any of the early or coastal NC counties for any of our surnames. You can contribute data to be posted by contacting any of our administrators or sending it directly to our webmaster at email@example.com. Be sure to put “Lost Colony Website Posting” or something similar in the subject line.
We ask each of our participants to provide their genealogical information and any other relevant research which is also posted on the website, so please take the time to look closely at each of our sections.
Every researcher who is interested in these surnames, or in the Lost Colony specifically, can be invited to participate in our Yahoo group whether or not they have DNA submitted to the project. Many of our best researchers are descended from these surnames, but don’t carry them today. If you are interested sharing and contributing to ongoing research, let us know and we’ll send you an invitation.
Now let’s take a look at the Alexander surname in the Lost Colony project.
Robert Alexander was listed as a crew member on Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 West Indian voyage which stopped on the Island of Roanoke on the way home and rescued several stranded soldiers. It is certainly possible that the Alexander DNA might be found among the Native population.
We need Alexander family members to participate. Does your Alexander family track back to the British Isles? Do you know of research there? Do you know of any interesting oral history that relates to this topic? Do you know of anyone who has or might be conducting research there or who might interested in DNA testing?
We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in this history-making project. Our group is listed below with our research specialty.
*Roberta Estes – Native American, mixed race and early Virginia records, DNA analysis - firstname.lastname@example.org *Joe Chandler – British Isles and early NC and colonial records research – email@example.com *Rob Noles – Lumbee Tribe, NC, SC and Georgia records - firstname.lastname@example.org *Anne Poole – Oral History Documentation project and Archaeological locations - email@example.com *Janet Crain – Correspondence, historical research and Blog - firstname.lastname@example.org *Nelda Percival – Webmaster and Lost Colony Yahoo Research Group moderator - email@example.com *Penny Ferguson – Melungeon records, historical research – currently on sabbatical *Jennifer Sheppard – Certified Genealogist, NC records - firstname.lastname@example.org *Dr. Ana Oquendo Pabon – African diaspora, Native American, DNA - email@example.com