We are recruiting males with a surname of KNOX for participation in a DNA project. Y-chromosome testing is the newest research tool at the disposal of genealogists. The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son with very little change for generations allowing a DNA “profile” to be mapped for different ancestor lines.
We are pleased to announce a KNOX surname DNA project has started (in conjunction the KNOWLES surname project.) Robert Noles is the project manager for the KNOWLES project and has graciously added the KNOX surname to his project until such time as someone will volunteer to be project manager for a separate KNOX project. He will be providing the interpretation and analysis of the results to participants. The success of DNA projects depend on the comparison of test results one to another. However, the test results are entirely private and names are not revealed to potential matches without permission of both parties.
Family Tree DNA out of Houston (FTDNA) is managing the DNA testing for the surname projects in conjunction with the research lab of geneticist Dr. Michael Hammer at the University of Arizona. There are over 30,000 participants so far. Please browse the website at www.familytreedna.com
My dad is the first volunteer and we have ordered his test kit which requires only a gentle swab from the inside of the cheek for a sample. The 12-marker test is an effective screening test but may not be specific enough to establish proof of lineage. Most men who originally purchased the 12-marker test have upgraded their test to the 24-marker or now the 37-marker test. If the price is an obstacle, it has been suggested that families may take up a collection to pay for testing one representative of their KNOX line.
Please consider joining this project (or urging someone to participate) so that all KNOX researchers may benefit. Go to the FTDNA website and type KNOWLES in the surname search box (top right). Then click on the KNOWLES project link, it will take you to the project details. Order your test kit online and return your sample. If you have questions you may contact someone at FTDNA or Robert Noles at email@example.com (KNOWLES/KNOX surname project manager)
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