Recently two male Coop's submitted DNA samples to the FamilyDNA project. Although both had the Coop surname and could trace family origins generally back to Tennessee and Virginia, the DNA tests showed no relation! One Coop may be British via northern Spain, the other may be English via Viking heritage. Perhaps other Coop males, especially those descended from David Kupe or other Coop lines that have not been tied together could submit DNA samples too. It's painless and fun. You just swab the inside of your cheek using a kit they send you and mail the swab in. The Y-DNA test runs $150-$200 and will automatically connect you to other people to whom you are related that had the test done, as well as telling you a little about your genetic heritage.
The link to FamilyDNA is
This might be one way to know which of us are related through some missing link so we can keep searching and which of us share a surname but are unrelated. If anyone would like more data please email me. The results of the first tests indicate that Coops descended from the John and Susannah Monk Coop line (VA,TN,KY) and those descended from the Richard Coop line (MD,TN) are not related. But the more tests that are run, the more accurate the results.
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