I am the administrator of the Gorman DNA Project. This project is an invaluable tool to help people bearing the Gorman surname (or any of its variants, including O'Gorman and MacGorman) to discover new family connections, confirm existing connections, and to potentially dig far deeper into the history of your lineage than is possible to do with paper records (we're talking many thousands of years). As this project focuses by nature on paternal male lineages (the testing traces the Y chromosome, which is only passed on from fathers to sons), it is perfectly suited to tracking the O'Gorman surname from generation to generation.
I have personally used DNA testing with great success to locate new Gorman and O'Gorman relatives who I never would have discovered by any other means. In fact, if it weren't for DNA testing, I never even would have discovered that I am a Gorman!DNA testing can also help you discover kin whose ancestors may have originally borne the O'Gorman surname, but the name has changed for one reason or another over the centuries (this is a far more common occurrence than most people realize!). These people are every bit as valid ancestors as the ones who are currently named O'Gorman, and can be extremely difficult to trace via other means.
If you are a male O'Gorman or Gorman, or have a male relative (a father, brother, uncle, or cousin) bearing the O'Gorman surname, or have reason to believe that a male paternal relative once bore the O'Gorman surname, then you are most welcome to join the project. There is a substantial discount for DNA testing through the project.
You can learn more about the Gorman DNA Project by visiting the following website:
Please note that this message is not intended as a product advertisement, as I do not work for any testing lab nor receive any monetary compensation from them.The project's goal is to educate people about the benefits of DNA testing and to provide educational resources and advice for people who are interested in this field.
If you have any questions about the testing process, or about DNA testing in general, please feel free to contact me.
Shawn Gorman Powell Administrator, The Gorman DNA Project