Just by way of a reminder, I have dipped my toes in this family forum previously. The most detailed exchange would be in, and after, post #20832. I descend from Spencer Carter and Verlinda (Malinda, Matilda, whatever) Lucas, via their daughter Mary who married there but eventually moved away to West Point, GA. That is my mitochondrial DNA line, my oldest known female-line ancestor being Susan (Mrs. James) Lucas, mother of Verlinda. I have had the full mtDNA test at FTDNA, if anybody else needs to work on that lineage.
As Administrator of FTDNA's new R1b-DF27 haplogroup (Y-DNA) project, I would encourage some member of the Carter R1b-02 group to join us. I believe you'll find that this lineage has a whole string of fairly newly discovered SNPs, much more specific than the extremely widespread P312. Those would include DF27>Z196>Z220>Z210>Z295 and, probably (I'm a little less confident of this one), CTS4065.
One person in this Carter line could take the Geno2 test (through the Genographic Project, sponsored by National Geographic) and prove that -- if anyone has sufficient interest to spend $200 to find out. Not every genealogist cares what the terminal SNP of his most distant known (male line) ancestor is; but it goes a long way toward resolving questions of whether STR "match" based kinship is real (genetic) or coincidental. Real relatives in the Y line have the same terminal SNP.
The SNP trail is also the way back into your more distant, often prehistoric genetic past. That record extends long before recorded surnames, but it's still a genetic record.
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