My name is Nancy Kiser and I am participating in a Phillips DNA project located at this link: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/PhillipsWorldwide/. We are attempting to find documented male descendants of all the original male Phillips immigrants to the New World and encourage them to join the Phillips Worldwide DNA project. Thus far, our project has 99 participants and we have identified 13 different Phillips families that are not related to each other. 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 inside 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 Worldwide DNA project.
The following Phillips men appear on the 1790 census in Craven County NC (the census taker spelled the name Philips): Jacob Philips, James Philips, John Philips, Richard Philips, Thomas Philips Jr. If you are a straight line male Phillips/Philips descendant of one of these men and you are willing to join the DNA project, or if you know someone who is a straight line male descendant of one of these men, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shannon Phillips at PHILLIPSDNAPROJ@AOL.COM. Shannon is the volunteer project administrator for the Phillips Worldwide DNA project. By the way, everyone at Phillips Worldwide is a volunteer and we are not being compensated in any way to pursue this project.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message and we look forward to hearing from you. We hope and believe that this new scientific tool is going to solve many genealogy puzzles and tear down many brick walls.
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