Re: Burgess Surname DNA Project Report #10
We all seem to be mixes of many different heritages, old and new, and perhaps that's one of the great wonders revealed by the art and science of genealogy. Genetic genealogy is another useful tool to help validate or invalidate claims of male-line relationships. Thomas Burgess of Barnstable Co., Mass., as might be expected, is the progenitor of one of the largest Burgess families in North America. But he isn't related to Col. William Burgess of Anne Arundel Co., MD--and so far neither is anyone else save the good Col.'s known descendants in the male line. One by one, we're establishing DNA signatures of the major and minor Burgess families from around the world. The more samples we have, the more connections we'll discover.
I'm in the process of revising and updating the Project website, and should have it uploaded sometime in July (I hope), along with a new Project report (#20). As usual, we've found some really nifty new links--and we've also added a few more folks who, at least so far, don't match anyone else in the Project. This seems to be the way it always goes, for a wide variety of reasons, not just in the Burgess DNA Project, but with all of the large surname DNA groups.
I've ceased trying to predict what MIGHT happen with the results, and have reached a point where I just report the results, with the best possible interpretation that I can draw from the evidence, both genetic and genealogical. Sometimes the findings are solid, and sometimes they're vague and ambiguous. Still, when I consider where we started in the summer of 2004--and where we are now, some 200 participants later--I think we've made tremendous strides.