We all carry the DNA of our ancestors, but living male Applegates have the unique opportunity of directly participating in one of the current on-going Applegate community projects - the Applegate Surname Y-DNA study.
I encourage everyone who is (or knows) a male Applegate to consider having yourself tested and/or finding someone else willing to be tested for this significant group effort.
Genealogical DNA testing is showing good promise in helping to verify the amazing database of descendants of Thomas, Immigrant to America, that Applegate researchers have been compiling for decades, especially (as far as the Applegate family is concerned) the 37 and 67 marker tests at FamilyTree DNA, which already reveal notable differences among various lineages.
So far, three Applegate men have shared their results for the 67 marker test (two placed by the Applegate database in Bartholomew's line and one in Thomas II's), showing the most significant differences at present clearly fall within the first 37 markers (lucky us!). The 43 marker test (which uses a somewhat different set of markers) offered at other companies (like ancestry.com) is showing less distinction among Applegate participants, making it apparently less useful to the greater family picture (so far).
One marker reported by all companies appears to be a flag for a part of the family that moved from Kentucky to Ohio to Indiana. As we have more participants in the study, results should become more conclusive.
This project is dependent on support from a wide range of Applegates from many various lineages for the best outcome for the greater Applegate genealogical community, just as we need researchers from all the branches to share the results of their documentation work on their families for the genealogy database, to make the most accurate, most complete picture of our shared ancestry as possible.
For the whole month of December, FamilyTree DNA has extra discounts on their DNA tests if you join thru a project - the Apple* project, in our case. You can find more information on this at:
where you can order a test at the doubly discounted prices shown there. (We do not yet have an administrator for our project so not all our Applegate results appear here, only those who have chosen to post them. If you do get tested, please share your results at the Apple* project -which accepts only FamilyTree results, or at one of the public databases like ysearch.org or ybase.org -both of which accept results from any company, or contact me to find out more.)
If you would like to know more about genealogical Y-DNA testing in general, check out the great tutorial at the Blair Surname DNA Project:
Thanks for your help!