I am responding to your Genforum posting in hopes that would be willing to participate in the Woodley Y-chromosome DNA project that has recently been started. Although you are in Australia and my roots date back to the colonies in North America, it is uncertain if we share a common ancestor. Nevertheless, I am seeking distantly related participants in the project with the goal of constructing a family tree.
You are undoubtedly familiar with the idea - that males carry a Y chromosome and pass it from father to son, to son, etc. With succeeding generations there is a low rate of mutation so that family lines slowly diverge. By measuring the number and location of mutations it can be determined if individuals share a common ancestor and how many generations it has been since that common ancestor.
The results are not precise and I donít want to oversell the project but it can lead to the construction of a family tree showing a connection between the various family lines. The goal is to have individuals from distant Woodley lines participate in the project in hopes of constructing this family tree showing common ancestors where they exist.
So, the point of my email is to encourage you to participate. The cost of the 37 marker test, which I recommend, has temporarily been reduced to $119. You may wish to share the cost of this test with other family member since all would share in the results.
For more details of the Y-chromosome DNA test, I suggest you go to the following web sites:
1) Family Tree DNA, the largest Genetic Genealogy organization whose web site at:
2) The Woodley DNA home page whose website at:
3) You may also wish to contact the project coordinator, Vanessa Crews, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I too would be happy to answer questions for I am anxious that your line be included in the project.
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