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Phillips DNA Project
Posted by: Amy Whatley (ID *****1029) Date: August 04, 2006 at 07:38:33
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Dear Burke County Residents,
My name is Amy Whatley and I am involved in a Phillips DNA project which is located at this link: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/PhillipsWorldwide/. We are attempting to find documented male descendants of all the original male Philips immigrants to the New World and encourage them to join the Phillips Worldwide DNA project. Thus far, our project has 87 participants and we have identified 12 different Phillips families that are not related. In addition, we have more than 30 participants whose DNA does not match anyone else in the project.

DNA genealogical surname studies work very successfully on straight line male descendants, so their DNA is a precious commodity. The DNA test is painless and only involves swabbing the insides of the cheek with a special brush or scraper. The lab mails a kit to the participant and then the participant mails the kit back to the lab. The kit is assigned a number and the name of the participant is never published, thereby assuring privacy and confidentiality. Also, the lab only looks at certain markers on the male Y-chromosome, so this test does not identify any medical problems or other sensitive information. The DNA test is not free, but the participant gets a break with regard to the cost of the test if he participates in the PHillips World wide DNA project. In addition, financial aid may be available if the candidate belongs to an especially representative or large Phillips line and has excellent documentation.
The following Phillips appears on the 1790 reconstructed census for Burke County, GA: WM PHILLIP. If you are a straight line male PHillips descendant of this man and you are willing to join the DNA project, or if you know someone who meets this criteria, please contact me at whatleyrobert@bellsouth.net or Shannon PHillips at PHILLIPSDNAPROJ@AOL.COM. Shannon is the volunteer project administrator for the project. By the way, we are all volunteers and Phillips descendants. We are not being compensated in any way to pursue this project.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. We look forward to hearing from you soon. We hope and believe that this new scientific tool is going to solve many genealogy puzzles and tear down many brick walls.
Sincerely,
Amy Whatley


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