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DELK and DILKS families seem to have common ancestors before 1600
Posted by: James Delk (ID *****5315) Date: February 12, 2007 at 09:04:17
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This report was posted on the DELK GenForum site; some of it is not relevant to the DILKS family, but the basic message is that we are finding that male members of the Delk family are being found to have identical or near identical Y-chromosome DNA as is found in the DILKS family. If you are interest see the websites noted below:

It comes to my attention that the Dilks family has begun a y-chromosome project to determine if the Delk famly and the Dilks family in this country and in central England have a common male ancestory.

As I read the initial reported results the answer seems likely to be yes.

If you are male with sirname DELK or DILKS was would be interest in participating please read the following taken from an email which I recently received from a member of our family in the Atlanta, GA area. Please know that the costs involved are a little on the pricy side.:
Roger Delk (Dilke) Family DNA Project

We are initiating a DNA research project for the descendents of Roger Delk who came to Jamestown in 1624. There are several branches that cannot be documented, including my own (Kindred Delk, who shows up in the SC census in 1800). I think we would benefit most if we could get at least a couple of male descendents from each branch that left NC and VA in late 1700s and the early 1800s, and those that stayed, such as:

-Kindred Delk, who came to SC before 1800 (2 have been tested)

-David Delk, whose children migrated to TN (1 has agreed to participate)

-Jordan Delk, who went to TN

-Samuel and Jacob Delk, who went to South Georgia (2 have been tested)

-The Delk lines that remained in VA

-Ethelred Delk, who migrated to OH

-The Kansas Delks, not descendents of Roger, but will be of great value to determine if we had a common ancestor

-Afro-American Delks

-Any other line that I have missed

DNA tests will tell us that there is or is not a high probability of different lines sharing a common ancestor. In some cases, a slight mutation might identify sub branches that share a common ancestor who descended from Roger.

We are joining with the Dilks DNA project which has already begun. This will help us determine if we and the Dilks had a common ancestor in England. You can see the results of the Dilks tests that have been completed and sign up to be tested through their website at

Participants must be male Delks who have no knowledge of adoptions in their Delk line and who are willing to pay for the test. It is recommended that a 37 marker test ($189) be performed as a minimum and a 67 marker test ($269) if possible. Most of the present participants have ordered the 67 marker test. If you do not qualify to be tested but want to help someone who cannot afford the tests, we will accept donations for a scholarship fund.

Please contact eligible participants in your family and help us make this project a success. Please contact me if you would like more information or to discuss your participation. I will commit to making regular postings as information is available to share.

The test is painless and doesn’t involve needles and blood. You can see how the test is performed by the individual here:

For additional information, see:

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