I am helping coordinate the Collins DNA Surname project, and we are seeking / asking for a descendant of Anthony Collings ( 1678, Cornwall England) who would volunteer – at no cost to him – to participate in the Collins DNA Surname Project.
The purpose of the project is to include as many well-documented Colonial and Early American Collins family lines as we can identify in order to build a good database. The results will help draw a picture of how the various – and diverse – Collins families are related (or not related). At present we have over 40 participants, representing more than a dozen family lines. I would like to see a descendant of the Anthony Collings line included to help fill out this picture.
We can do this through a simple DNA test. Participating in the study is literally as simple as rubbing a Q-tip inside your cheek. The participant must be a direct male descendant (still bearing the Collins name) and be able to provide his paternal line back to Anthony Collings.
Anthony Collings/Collins was born 1678 in Cornwall, England and died about 1754 in Charles County, Maryland. His children and grandchildren are found later in Albemarle County, VA, as well as Carter County, TN, and Stokes and Surry County, NC. (A fuller family tree for Anthony is included below.)
With the participants we already have, the project is proving to be a useful tool for Collins genealogists. Knowing whether a Collins ancestor is related -- or not related -- to other Collinses can save a genealogist years of frustration and wasted effort barking up the wrong family tree and point us in the right direction.
Participating in the study requires only about 10 minutes of one's time. And since there is a sponsor for the cost of the test, there would be no cost to the volunteer. The results are posted on the Relative Genetics website, and will be shared with the
participants and others interested in the project.
Briefly, the test uses information from the Y-chromosome which is passed from father to son almost unchanged, which is why the volunteer participant must be a male, and he must be a direct male descendant (still bearing the Collins name). The genetic information helps establish a "profile" for each Collins family line. Over the decades
and centuries the Y-chromosome slowly changes and the profile for each family becomes distinctive. The individual test either proves or eliminates whether two family lines come from a common ancestor.
If you would care for more information, please contact me:
Roger Collins, e-mail: email@example.com
The family line for Anthony Collings/Collins listed below is taken from information as posted on the internet:
Thomas Collins (1520, England)
Wife: Alice Everlegh
John Collins (b. 1555, England)
Wife: Elizabeth D'Oyley
Roger Collins (b. 1580, Devon, England)
Wife: Dorothy Merrick
Thomas Collins (b. 1618, Devon, England)
Wife:Dorothy (last name unknown)
Robert / Roger Collins (b. 1637, Cornwall, England)
Wife: Elizabeth Furlong Bidlake
(Some researchers list this individual as Robert, others as Roger.)
--Winifred (ca. 1660)
--Anthony Andrew (1678)
Anthony Collins (b. 1678, Cornwall, England)
(Death: 1754, Charles County, MD)
Wife: Jane Lancelott
--Thomas (Sr) (1700-1720, Albemarle Co., VA)
--Elizabeth (1708-1728, Albemarle Co., VA)
--William (Sr.) (1712-1732)
--Winifred (ca. 1716, Albemarle Co., VA)
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