Greetings to the Forum. I looked back and find it hard to believe I have not posted here much in the past couple of years.
My Crump family is now participating in a DNA testing process to see how some of us may, or may not, be related. With only about a dozen results in so far, I can say that it has been very worthwhile to my Crump family. We have been able to prove some old theories, and absolutely refute others.
It occured to me that we could do the same with my Atkins Family. Accordingly, I have agreed to be the Group Administrator of a DNA Project for the Atkins family through Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas. They use the genetic lab at the University of Arizona for the testing itself. I am not employed by either, get no compensation from either, but have found them to be of help in several family lines that I work on. Look back thorugh the 2,400 + messages on this Forum. I have posted more than 60 times since 1998.
I have not seen DNA testing discussed on this Forum, but it is the up and coming thing! And its getting affordable!
More information is available at www.familytreedna.com. The Atkins Group there was originally started as ADKINS,but only four people signed up, and they were all ATKINS, so we just changed it to the ATKINS Group. I invite anyone to go to the site and check it out.
Only a couple of years ago it cost about $200 to do a simple 12 marker DNA test. With a Group rate, the cost is now only about $100. For serious Atkins researchers who spend considerable time and money on subscriptions, travel, etc, this is not a big cost.
NOTE: This is ONLY for Male descendants with the last name of Atkins or Adkins. That is because it is a Y Chromosome test, that is carried from father to son for thousands of years. If you are female, consider having a male Atkins member of your family participate. It could be a father, brother, cousin, any male with the Atkins name.
If interested, the "Join Code" at the FTDNA site is Q81175. A helpful hint is that it is much more valuable if you can find a fairly distant relative to also join (someone other than a brother or first cousin). I cannot participate myself because I am not an Atkins, although my grandmother was. But, I have found Atkins cousins who will.
I encourage anyone interested to contact me here or directly. Thank you, Ed Crump, Jr. in Louisiana