Just calling this project to your attention and asking you to please spread the word!
The Durfee/Durfey (any spelling variation) Surname Project languished for the past few years with virtually no participants, but as of mid- 2013 the project is revitalized with additional project managers and ten participants to date. Many more participants are required to obtain valid results, so please consider participating yourself if you are a male with the Durfee/Durfey surname, or if female find a close male relative with the surname, to do Y-DNA testing.
What this project could possibly tell us is what Durfee researchers have long wanted to know: do the U.S. descendants connect to the few known family members in England, and do we also connect back to the French d’Urfé family? Additionally this may help those who currently cannot connect their branch back to one of the known immigrants to the U.S.
This testing won’t give us specific names of ancestors, but here’s an example of what it could do. We know of two immigrants to the U.S. circa 1660: Thomas Durfee who settled in Rhode Island and Francis Durfey who settled in Virginia. The ancestors of Thomas in England are unknown, although he could be the known son Thomas of Severinus Durfey of London. Francis, on the other hand, is already known to be the son of this same Severinus. So, if Y-DNA shows that current descendants of Thomas are related to current descendants of Francis, that would reinforce the theory that they were brothers, or at least had an ancestor in common.
For directions on what to do and details on the project, see: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/durfee
Note that if you search for the project on the FamilyTree DNA site, it will direct you to the same link.
Any further questions can go to the Project Administrators listed on the site’s home page.
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