You are right - our BARTLETT-DNA Project is based on the Y-chromosome (as are most of hundreds of Surname projects now underway), which is only passed from father to son - so the DNA donor must be a male BARTLETT of the line you're researching.Having said that, the Y-chromosome is only one of the 23 chromosomes pairs in DNA, and the DNA in the other 22 chromosome pairs is passed along. So if you find, say a 3rd or 4th cousin who is a male BARTLETT: 1. his Y-DNA is virtually the same as his ancestors for many gerations back (well before William Blake BARTLETT), and it will identify the line! 2. his degree of DNA matching with other male BARTLETTs will represent everyone of William Blake BARTLETT's descendants (because the DNA changes so very slowly over the generations).If he matches some line - you do, too; if he doesn't, you don't share an ancestor with that line - at least not during recorded history;>jYou're looking for a match with some other BARTLETT line which would give you a very precise target for reseach to connect to that line.
Please let me know if you find a willing male BARTLETT, because our project offers a good discount.
You can participate in a big way by finding a male BARTLETT (who might not be involved in genealogy), and you can participate by funding the test if necessary.A number of our donors are sponsored by women researchers.I got my uncle to do DNA as a stand-in for my BAKER mother, and I'm working on a 3rd cousin for my MICHELL line.As long as you're pretty sure of the paper genealogy research trail -