Carpenter Family DNA Project
Carpenter Cousins Surname Project
We are now accepting DNA samples from any male carpenter Family members interested in using this new technology to assist in their efforts to ascertain their ancestry.
These tests can only be done on all-male Carpenter direct descendants, thus only males still carrying the Carpenter surname (or Carpentier, Carpender, Charpentier or similar).
If you are not such a Carpenter, you may have a close relative who is, which would in essence verify your own connections, and other relatives.
The DNA testing Lab we use is, FamilyTree DNA. They have a group rate which charges $99 for the basic 12 marker test at this writing, and $169 for an extended 25 marker test. These prices are per a single male DNA sample submitted.
If these prices change, you will be advised when you place your order with the Lab. To get these special group prices, your kit must be ordered through our group.
The testing is done on DNA from the "Y chromosome", which is only found in males. This DNA is passed directly from Father to son, with no input from the female parent. These "markers" remain virtually identical for many generations, with only very slight mutations over time. Thus, anyone descended directly, all-male, from someone up to at least 500 years ago will have extremely similar Y-DNA markers.
The advantage in an extended 25 marker test is that it may provide a closer idea of where the relationship may be. It provides better than a 90% accuracy over 14 generations.
The testing procedure is very simple, amounting to brushing the inside of the cheek with a sterile brush provided in the kit. Complete instructions, an invoice and a waiver form also comes with the kit.
The goal is to establish "Y-DNA footprints" of several Carpenter Branches in America and other countries. Your test may be reasonably expected to ascertain that we have a common family progenitor who with others may "match." Thus proving through science an earlier connection to any Carpenter already tested.
This test cannot show exactly what this connection is, nor the actual lineage back to the progenitor of the common ancestor. However, this test can certainly narrow down your possibilities for further research.
For example, if you have a "dead end" Carpenter, it can prove if you are associated with other Carpenter Lines or one of several others.
The DNA kits, when ordered, are sent out directly by the Lab. They are returned directly to the Lab. Results are provided directly to you, and also the group Administrator.
The Lab reviews the results not only for matches, but close similarities, and notifies you of the earliest known ancestry of any that are found. Your results are also kept for further matches in the future. This means if another Family name tested is similar or closely similar to yours, you will be contacted by e-mail - if you chose to participate.
Your own identity is kept confidential if you prefer, only your early known ancestry being provided to others that match.
It is certainly hopeful that this would not only be helpful to those who participate, but also establish many heretofore unknown-relationships between any of the early Carpenters
Families that came to America, stayed in England or went elsewhere.
You can sign up at:
Y-DNA -- 1 Male 12 marker paternal test ..... $99.00 (Group Rate)
Y-DNAPlus -- 1 Male 25 marker paternal test ..... $169.00 (Group Rate) *
*Preferred for testing of 14 generations or older relationships.
You will need a credit card to pay for the test kit. Please follow the simple instructions.
If you are in the CE CD 2001 or you know which Carpenter Branch you are in, please place this in the notes when you register.
The main Family Tree DNA web page is at:
Carpenter Cousins Surname Project
I encourage at least one male from each Carpenter Family group to submit a sample. Sharing the costs within each Carpenter Family Group will help.
Give a Family Christmas Present! Submit a male Carpenter DNA sample from your Family Group!
John R. Carpenter
La Mesa, CA
1 Nov. 2002
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