In March 2004 we began the Pittman DNA Project…and our goal was to find separate Pit(t)man family lines in the US, Canada, England, and Australia to join the Project and link them to Pittman (various spellings) families in the United Kingdom. Since that time we have identified 6 MAJOR Pit(t)man family lines, each distinct from the other major lines. They are:
1. The (Capt.) Thomas Pitman Group;
2. The East Coast (US) / Essex Co. (UK) Group;
3. The West County English (Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Gloustershire) / Canada Group;
4. The Wylie Pitman Group (North Carolina circa 1790);
5. The Friedrich Bittmann / Pittman Group (Framersheim, Rhineland Pfalz, Germany); and
6. The Henderson Pitman Group.
NOTE: Some participants in the Project remain unassigned since we do not have a large enough ‘base’ with a close DNA signature to give them their own group. That will decrease as more test.
Fully 90% of our Project participant’s ancestors came from the UK. We have 130 current participants in the Project who have submitted saliva samples. Out of this group of researchers only about 30 (my guess) work on genealogy every day. I usually hear from them at least every month.
Though we will continue to seek ‘new’ distinct major lines in the US and Canada, in order for the Project to be most effective, we have to attract more Pittman testers now living in the UK. By attracting UK Pittmans (and Pittman researchers) into the Project, we hope to bridge our major lines with those in the UK and to seek new distinct lines there. We have consulted persons at FTDNA and at GOONS (UK based Guild of One Name Studies) for ideas. We have also sought views from various potential UK testers. Most are reluctant to join any DNA project because of the newness of the technology, concerns about the low numbers of UK testers in our database, and because of financial concerns. To address the last two concerns, we believe a direct incentive would be to advertise in selected UK genealogical publications, offering subsidized tests to UK nationals with documented Pittman ancestry.
If you think this is worthwhile, I would ask you to contribute no more than $25 directly to the Pittman DNA Project General Fund. This money would be used solely to encourage / cajole / defray / partially subsidize some of the expense of the Y-37 or Y-67 tests for UK Pittmans. Once our Project becomes better established over there, it should spread naturally (as it has done in the US). If you would consider contributing $25 (or less), the Pittman DNA Project General Fund link is:
If you would rather contribute by check (regular mail), go to the above link and print out the form and mail it to:
Family Tree DNA - Gene By Gene, Ltd.
1445 North Loop West, Suite 820 Houston, Texas 77008, USA
Phone: (713) 868-1438
If you have any questions or thoughts about how we can promote this Project in the UK, please contact us:
Rebecca Starr (Dr)
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