ESTES DNA SURNAME PROJECT - Researchers have been trying for years to put the various Estes lines together. Finally, science has come to our aid. We are happy to announce that an Estes Family Surname DNA Project has been initiated and has already met with success!
While DNA testing can never take the place of thorough paper documentation, the exciting new world of Genetic Genealogy certainly does supplement it!
These are our goals for the Estes Surname DNA Project:
1. To validate existing records back to Abraham the immigrant by testing descendents from each of his son's lines.
2. To connect participants to their appropriate lines.
3. To validate American Estes lines back to England
4. To validate our existing research records
5. To prove or disprove the theories of the Estes connection to the Este family in Italy and other parts of Europe.
6. To confirm or deny that Estes is a derivative spelling of Eustace in England. 7. To break down those "brick walls" in our research
8. To determine geographical locations for further research
In order to achieve these goals, the more participants we have in the program, the more extensive and conclusive the results.
The Y-DNA chromosome is passed only through the male members of a family, from father to son, down through the generations and limits our source of participants. Therefore, the participant must be a male with the surname Estes, or any of its variant spellings (Estis, East, Eastes, Estice Estess, Easters, Eustice, Este, d'Este, and perhaps Eustace, especially in England). However if you are a female, there is an option. You can find a brother, father, uncle, cousin or other Estes male to be your proxy, - to be "tested in your place".
This testing is being conducted by Family Tree DNA. Go to their website at www.familytreedna.com and in the search box enter “Estes”. To join or for more information, click on the word “Estes”, complete the form, and the project administrator will contact you shortly. Their web site includes lots of information about other surname projects, testimonials, information on privacy, other frequently asked questions and much more.
The procedure for collecting the DNA sample is quite simple and painless. Using a toothbrush type of instrument, you just rub it over the inside of the cheek and carefully place it in a vial for shipping.
There are a number of "markers" on each Y chromosome, and each of these markers has a specific "number". The more numbers that match with another participant shows how closely related they are to a common ancestor and, therefore, to each other. If you enroll in this fashion, participants will receive a significant discount.
We invite you or a male family member to enroll in the Estes DNA Project. Each person tested will receive free assistance with analyzing the results in relation to the other Estes participants and findings. In addition, those tested will receive Estes Family DNA information periodically from the project administrators.
The Administrators for the Estes DNA Project are Roberta Estes - email@example.com. And LeRoy F. Eastes, Leastes2@aol.com. Please feel free to drop us a line anytime. We look forward to helping “connect” our cousins with their ancestral lines.
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