MCANDREW/MCANDREWS DNA SURNAME PROJECT – A cooperative project has begun Gaskin Forensics, Inc; of Rockwood, Pennsylvania to determine Y-chromosome DNA profiles of namesakes of various paternal McAndrew/McAndrews male family members. To date several family members with ancestry in County Mayo, Ireland have been tested. The results show identical or vwery similar profiles which likely indicates a common male ancestor.
The Y chromosome is passed relatively unchanged from father to son and can be used to track migration patterns and verify paternal family connections. Y chromosome DNA testing is increasingly being used as a very effective tool for family history research.
The goals for the MCandrews Surname DNA Project are:
1. To validate existing records by testing descendents from each of the lines of all origins.
2. To connect participants to their appropriate lines.
3. To validate our existing research records.
4. Determine migration pattens.
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 McAndrew, McAndrews, or any possible branch family including Barrett or Ross. However if you are a female, there is an option. You can find a brother, father, uncle, cousin or other male from the paternal line to be your proxy, - to be "tested in your place".
For more information go to Gaskin Forensics website at http://www.gaskinforensics.com/index.php.
The procedure for collecting the DNA sample is quite simple and painless. Use a simple cotton swab rubbed over the inside of the cheek. Carefully place it in an envelope for shipping. Gaskin Forensics, 711 Main St.
Rockwood, PA15557, Phone: 814-926-2426
There are a number of "markers" on each Y chromosome, and each of these markers has a specific "number". The Administrator for the McAndrew DNA Project are Margaret (McAndrews) and Ronald Eustice at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone (952) 895-1115. Please feel free to drop us a line anytime. We look forward to helping “connect” our cousins with their ancestral lines. Ronald & Margaret (McAndrews)Eustice in Savage, Minnesota
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