Ok, cousins, I’ve taken the plunge. I’ve volunteered to be the Isaacs Family Project Coordinator. I have experience as the Bland Project Coordinator, so what’s one more?
The lab I have chosen is the same one that does the Bland DNA testing. The company, Family Tree DNA, is a Houston company and has a very good international reputation. I don’t think the Forum wants me to do an advertisement for this company (I am not affiliated with it in any way), so I will just refer you to their website: www.familytreedna.com. FYI – there are already 8 Isaacs (various spellings) already in their database from other projects. The company will e-mail these individuals to see if they would like to join our Family Project. The breakdown is as follows: 3 Isaacs; 2 Isaacks; 2 Isaacson; and 1 Isaac. Cousin John has signed up, and so has another cousin from this group. I’m hoping the others will, as well.
This message is to inform all Isaac(k)s researchers that there is now a coordinated project already started. You can sign up at Family Tree DNA’s website. Just click on “Surname Projects” on the home page (middle, midway down). Then scroll down and under "Y-DNA Surname Projects" click on the “I.” Click on “Isaacs.” You can read the project goals, etc. or click on the website first if you want to. The most important thing is to scroll down & sign up and order a kit. This is not a small investment. $99 to $269, depending on how many markers are tested. I have advised my Bland participants to go for the 37 marker test, but this was before the new 59 marker test was introduced earlier this year. The 12 marker test is very limited, so I strongly advise against that one. If that’s all you can do, go for it, but get the most you feel comfortable about purchasing. The kit is sent to your house & I am told it is a simple procedure, much like brushing your teeth (no blood work required). Then mail it back in to them with the payment. It takes about 6 weeks to get results back.
One other fact: Ladies, only the men can take this test. Nothing sexist; they’re the only ones with the Y chromosome. In the Bland project (my maiden name), I was fortunate to have a brother, and he took the test for me. (I paid.) If my father had been living, I would have requested this from him. The older generation is always preferable. Now, if you don’t have a father or brother to be tested, how about an uncle or cousin? THEY MUST HAVE THE SURNAME ISAAC(K)S. If your Isaacs ancestor was many generations back, you might have a hard time finding blood kin, unless you’ve been corresponding with someone else of the line you know you’re from. If they can’t afford to take the test, offer to pay for it yourself, or take up a collection with others of that line who want to know.
I don’t want to mislead anyone. This is not a magic bullet. It will not instantly tell you who your ancestor is. The value of this new technology is in grouping volunteers and putting people together to compare research. It can, for instance, rule out avenues of research. If you think you’re from the VA Isaacs and your results are way off from all other PROVEN VA Isaacs participants, you can give that up & look elsewhere. You might even match up with someone else outside the VA group & find a whole new area to search. One caution: there is always a possibility that somewhere down the line there was an adoption, or worse, and you might discover that you’re not who you thought you were. Just remember that legally, no matter what, you’re an Isaacs. (And we still love you!) For more detail on this whole subject, there are several places to click on Family Tree DNA’s website.
Ok guys (and gals), jump on into the 21st Century. Give this new technology a try!
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