|Posted By:||Dennis Lee|
|Subject:||DNA Cheerleading - my first in the Leigh Forum|
|Post Date:||February 27, 2008 at 17:47:32|
|Forum:||Leigh Family Genealogy Forum|
Fellow Lee/Lea/Leigh/Ley/Legh, etc. Researchers:
It's that time again, time to try to encourage some of you who have been sitting on the sidelines to join into the fray. We need more DNA study participants!
There are now 253 DNA participants in the various Studies I have access to, across two American vendors, plus some stragglers from here and there. Results show that these participants break into MANY different "kinship groups", some well defined such as the Lees of Virginia, the Hugh Lee family, the JLX family, or the John Lee of Nansemond family. Others, such as myself, fall into groups of one or two - we just haven't gotten enough samples into test to help those folks define a kinship group of any significance. But more samples are coming in every day: I'm aware of about 8 individuals currently being tested.
And, we're yielding great results. We've disproved large portions of the seminal research books "A Weaving" by Funai and Stickler, "Happy Heritage" by Cannon (see this Forum, post #19557 for the death of the Arthur Ferney Lee myth), even portions of "The Genealogy of William Lee 1, etc." by Rucker and "Burke's Peerage", as it pertains to some Lee lines. We've defined the connection between Captain Thomas Lee and JLX (see posts #19780 and #19800). We've tied the Orange Co, VA and several frontier KY lines to the Richmond Co, VA line. We've split the Leighs into 3 independent lines. (Don't think that because you're a Leigh you aren't kin to Lees, or vice versa; some families changed their surnames every generation.)
Important perhaps only to me, we managed to match me up with another person - a Leigh of Amelia Co, VA. For awhile there I was convinced that I was a Space Alien, like ALF or ET. Now there's at least two of us here from a galaxy far, far away...
This progress doesn't happen by accident. It starts by one of you finding a male with a Lee-homonymic surname, hopefully someone for whom at least 5 or 6 generations of genealogy is proven. Then, someone gets that person involved in a Study. This is important: do not go around the Studies, even though you can. It costs you money and wastes your and other researchers' time. The major studies are the Relative Genetics Lee Family Study (now at Ancestry), coordinated by Clint Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) , the FTDNA Lee Family Study coordinated by Gary Lee (email@example.com), and the FTDNA Leigh Family Study coordinated by Dick Purser (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once someone enters a Study and gets a DNA sample into the process, the Coordinators and I take over. The role of the Coordinators is to get contact and ancestor info from the participant, to shepherd the sample through the process, to notify the participant and explain the results, and to work to link matching individuals with the participant (or his sponsor) so that they can work together on their kinship group. My role, entirely unofficial, is to collate the results of these various studies so that we can compare FTDNA participants vs. RG/Ancestry participants, Leas vs. Lees vs. Leighs, etc. I then notify the Coordinators of any matches, and they in turn get back with the participants, putting them together. The whole process works pretty well for a totally volunteer effort.
But it has to start with YOU. Without new participants, we're not moving forward. There are dozens of Lee, Lea, and Leigh lines I'm aware of that have zero representation. For instance, there are several huge families of Lees from the New England area, MA, CT, VT, RI, ME, Long Island, etc. Where are you guys? Is it true that Henry Lee of MA was somehow kin to Richard The Immigrant of the Lees of VA? We won't know for sure without DNA results.
Now is a great time to get involved. Contact one of the Coordinators (it'll save you about $50), and they'll work you through the process.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Coordinators, myself (email@example.com), or someone who is knowledgeable of DNA testing. But, as Larry the Cable Guy says, Git'er Done!