The Rayment Society is excited to announce that it has managed to establish a full-scale DNA Project with an organisation known as "Family Tree DNA" and that the project is now ready for participants to join and order test kits.
The Society’s Chairman, Roy Rayment, has already ordered a test kit for himself (to represent his own family tree) and the aim is to have at least two males tested in each of the other trees.
The Y-DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and so on, back in time. You must be male to take this test and you should normally have the surname Raymant, Rayment, Raymond or Raymont. However, if you have a different surname but you believe that there is a Rayment (or similar surname) in your direct male line, you are still welcome to participate. If you are female you will, of course, need to find a male to participate for you.
We encourage males who order a Y-DNA test to order 67 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you will probably find that you need to upgrade later and this will cost more in the long run.
Incidentally, both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and so on. For this you would need to order a mtDNA-test.
Participating in the project is a great opportunity to uncover information that is simply not available in any conventional records. It will undoubtedly help with the research into your family tree and will enable the Society to discover which family trees are related to which. As the project progresses, the test results for the various family trees will provide information about the origin and evolution of the surnames and we expect to make many new and exciting discoveries!
The main aims of the project are to:
* obtain information to help with our family history research
* ascertain which family trees are related to which
* uncover vital information to circumvent "brick walls"
* confirm surname variants
* validate existing family history research
* discover information about our distant origins
The actual test is obviously something that you will only need to do once in your lifetime. The Society therefore earnestly encourages you to take part in the project and share the discoveries. To take advantage of this opportunity and order your test kit, please visit www.familytreedna.com/public/Rayment and then click the link entitled "Request to join this group" that can be found at the top of the blue sidebar on the left-hand side of the page.
The Society, which is a strictly not-for-profit organisation, has also established a General Fund to accept donations in any currency via credit card. This will be held by the testing company and used to help sponsor test kits for key males who are unable to participate for financial reasons. If you decide not to order a test kit for yourself, we would encourage you to make a donation to the General Fund instead. To make such a donation, no matter how small, please visit www.familytreedna.com/public/Rayment and then click the link entitled "Contribute to the Surname Project General Fund" that can be found on the blue sidebar at the left-hand side of the page.
IMPORTANT: Please note that the Rayment Society is a not-for-profit organisation that is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. It has absolutely no connection with the testing company other than to use the facilities that the company sells.
Naturally, with such an exciting and innovative project, you will probably have many questions to ask. Please don't hesitate to contact the Rayment Society if you are unable to find the answers to your questions on the project website, which can be found at: www.familytreedna.com/public/Rayment
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