Thanks for starting this Lumpkins DNA project; I was hoping somebody would do one! I've seen lots of success stories resulting from such DNA projects for other surnames.
I hope it's allowable to say that FREE 43-marker genealogical dna tests are available through www.smgf.org (Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation). They are trying to build up their database so are offering it free for now...even if someone has already been tested by another company they might as well request the free Sorenson kit too, to get more markers tested.
Even easier than a cheek swab; you just swish the special mouthwash around in your mouth and send it back. The only drawback with this free test is that they don't send any results directly to the participant -- however, all results go into their online database of dna-linked pedigrees, from which you can extract your own results (names of people born 1900 and later are kept private). I would be happy to help anyone extract and understand their results, if needed.
Results extracted from www.smgf.org and www.ybase.org and www.ysearch.org and www.oxfordancestors.com databases could also be included in your Family Tree DNA page for Lumpkins. But the results from Sorenson take quite a long time (several months at least) to appear in the online database, so if someone is in a hurry and is willing to spend money, it's best to go with Family Tree DNA.
My grandma (who was a LUMPKIN) passed away in 2004, and I plan to contact her brother's son or grandson who lives in California to see if he will participate. I also know a LUMPKINS family here in New Mexico and will ask them. Thanks again for doing this!
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