My name is Steven Craddock and I am a high school history teacher in Cleveland, Mississippi. I am writing to you because you have shown an interest in Craddock genealogy by posting messages on the Craddock Family Genealogy Forum at Genealogy.com. Over the past eight years, I have corresponded with many of you (sccraddock is my forum screen name) in pursuit of Craddock ancestors. I am writing to you now as a fellow family historian to make you aware of an opportunity to further our research into the Craddock family - genetic genealogy.
Called "anthrogenealogy" by some and "genetealogy" by others, genetic genealogy uses DNA to make family connections and help pinpoint family origins. This new method of genealogical research is opening previously unknown doors in the study of family history.
The world's foremost genetic genealogy company is FamilyTreeDNA, headquartered in Houston, Texas. FamilyTreeDNA is the company that provides the tests for the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project. They have tens of thousands of members worldwide, many types of genealogical research projects, and over 3,700 "surname projects."
A surname project uses Y-DNA test results to study direct paternal ancestry, ie. Craddock males. The test results will not give you the name of your great-great-great-grandfather Craddock (for example), but they may put you in touch with a previously unknown relation who can provide that information.
Even though I am new to all of this myself, and just learning the scientific lingo and genealogical potential, I have just started a surname project for the Craddock family with FamilyTreeDNA. All surname variants are welcomed (Cradock, Cradocke, Cradoucke, Cradduck, Cradic, Cradick, Craddick, and others).
The general goals of the Craddock Family Surname Project include:
1. Identifying relations;
2. Validating existing research;
3. Proving or disproving theories regarding ancestors;
4. Removing brick walls that have hindered research; and
5. Determining the course for further research.
In order to participate in this research, a Y-DNA test has to be taken. The test is safe, you don't have to study!, and it's physically painless (I've taken it. It simply involves swabbing the inside of your mouth). As this is a surname study, however, females will need to have a male Craddock relative submit a test. There are several levels of Y-DNA testing to choose from. By participating as part of the Craddock Family Surname Project, your test is offered at a group rate (a substantial discount). I invite you to click one of the following links to find out more about this opportunity and the other types of DNA tests offered.
The Craddock Surname Project website
Another Craddock Family Surname Project website
FamilyTreeDNA's Frequently Asked Questions
"Testing my DNA?!? Are you nuts?!?!"
The National Geographic Society's Genographic Project
I apologize for this sounding like a sales pitch - the only thing in this for me is a greater understanding of our family's history. Please check out the FamilyTreeDNA website and, once there, click around to learn more. If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to answer them for you.
Thank you for your time and consideration and have a Happy New Year!
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