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ASBILL Y-DNA Surname Project announcement
Posted by: William Harvey (ID *****5156) Date: September 23, 2004 at 22:26:27
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I would like to introduce the ASBILL (& all variant surnames) Y-DNA study conducted under the auspices of Family Tree DNA with laboratory work by Arizona Research Labs at the University of Arizona.

Hi, my name is Bill Harvey; I have agreed to be the co-administrator of the Asbill DNA surname study. Here is my personal motive for being interested in furthering Asbill/Asbell research : my paternal grandmother Susie Asbell was born in Fulton Co., Kentucky. Her grandfather, Aaron Asbell, was born in 1800 in North Carolina. Other than some nebulous stories about a Joseph Asbell being Aaron's father and a never proven/disproven legend about NA ancestry occurring somewhere/sometime in NC - that is as far back as my Asbell line goes. Sound familiar?

I am especially excited over the fact that it appears that all early Asbill lines appear to have the same immigrant ancestor : Martin Asbill b. 1688 in England, arrived in NC? in 1700. This should mean that all of his direct male descendants will have very similar Y-DNA chromosome markers and that tracing of our different family branches will be accomplished by using individual marker changes known as mutations to separate one line from another. Hopefully this will allow us to develop very specific descendant lines which will provide direction as to where to focus our paper research efforts.

This is my second FTDNA Surname DNA Project as I am administrator of the Harvey Surname Study since inception in March, 2004. At this time we have identified 8 individual lines with two lines having multiple related families.

If you would like to visit the ASBILL Y-DNA web site please click on :

Here you can review brief history and objectives statements and see how the test results are posted for public viewing.

At the top of the aforesaid web page is an email link titled "Join This Group" Here you will be given the information you need to join the group and how to order your sample kit.

The genetic test kit consists of a cheek scraper and a collection tube. In about five minutes, you will be able to read the instructions and perform a painless cheek scraping. The effect of using the scraper is about the same as brushing your cheek with a soft bristle toothbrush. A
second backup scraper & tube is included to insure that a good sample is obtained for the lab by obtaining two separate samples.

This is not an inexpensive test but it is not a budget buster either and the benefits can be enjoyed for many years by many researchers. I pay about the same amount each year to my ISP for access over the internet using my 56? Kbps (HA!) dial-up modem whereas the Y-DNA test is a one time cost and the benefits can apply to many of our/your relations for years to come.

You can also browse through the rest of the FTDNA site to get an idea of what is being done through genetic genealogy these days if you are unfamiliar with the concept. It is quite informative but I wouldn't classify it ALL as an easy read!

Anyone who is interested in participating can also contact me directly. You’ll need to be a male Asbill (or variant surname) or be able to provide a living male relative for testing. (In other surname studies male participants have been sponsored by an active female researcher)

Please contact me if you have any questions about the process or genetic genealogy in general.

Bill Harvey
ASBILL Y-DNA Surname Project Co-Administrator

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