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TREAT - TROTT: What is the connection?
Posted by: B.J. McNamara (ID *****8116) Date: March 02, 2006 at 07:55:31
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There has been much speculation as to how/why the TREAT surname evolved from TROTT in England. Perhaps we may at last have an answer as to its origin!

The TROTT-DNA Surname Project has been organized. This project is open to any TROTT male, including other spelling variations (TREAT,TRATT,TRETT). Female researchers may also join through testing of a closely related TROTT male (father, brother or male cousin) as only males carry Y-DNA.

Some goals of the TROTT-DNA Surname Project are to:
1. Identify TROTTs by family groups (& surname variations)
2. Prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors
3. Solve brick walls in TROTT research
4. Validate existing research
5. Determine areas for further research

WHO DOES THE TESTING? A number of labs offer DNA testing at different prices. We have chosen Family Tree DNA due to its experience and cost, and established a group rate for these tests. FTDNA is associated with the Arizona Research Labs, led by Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of Genetics. It is the world leader and only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has been constantly developing the science that enables many genealogists around the world to advance their families’ research.

FTDNA also provides the tests for The Genographic Project, a five-year research partnership between the National Geographic Society and IBM, with support from the Waitt Family Foundation, and public participation through FTDNA. The Genographic Project is a real-time effort to map how humankind populated the earth.

WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY? Your genetic information will be added to an FTDNA confidential Project database. You may request your test results be entered within two surname projects at no additional charge, making you a full member of both groups. If a match occurs in the future and the two people request and agree to disclose their addresses to each other, you will be informed of this relative’s existence by the Group Administrator so that you can contact that person, if you desire.

Worried about what else the DNA test lab might find? The answer is not a thing. They won't know if you show positive for a disease, condition or anything else. The test looks ONLY at the Y Chromosome and then only at 12, 25 or 37 specific Loci on the Y Chromosome.

HOW IS THE TESTING DONE? Your genetic test kit consists of a cheek scraper and a collection tube. The DNA testing is as easy as brushing your teeth--no blood, no doctors, no visits to a collection specialist. You will be able to read the instructions and perform a painless cheek scraping in about five minutes. The effect of using the scraper is about the same as brushing your cheek with a soft bristle toothbrush.

WHAT IS THE COST? An inexpensive way to begin your family DNA search is with the Y-DNA12 – 12 marker test. If a match is indicated, further refinement through an upgrade can be accomplished without the need for you to provide an additional sample. Or you may wish to initially order the full 37-marker test. Group rate orders are available online < http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_det.asp?group=Trott&projecttype=S > or through our Group Administrator, B. J. McNamara < mart2542@aol.com >.

TESTS AVAILABLE:
Y-DNA12 – 12 Marker Test: This test is the world standard to verify the Y chromosome for genetic matches between males. Results are placed in our TROTT-DNA Surname Project Y-DNA database and when two people show the same identical results, both parties will be informed if each has signed the FTDNA Release Form. The customer receives a Certificate and report generally describing Y-DNA sequencing and the meaning of the probability between matches.

Y-DNA25 - 25 Marker Test: A perfect match of 25 markers means a lesser number of generations before a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) can be determined.

Y-DNA37 – 37 Marker Test: A perfect match of 37 markers means a lesser number of generations before a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) can be determined.

WHAT IS AN UPGRADE? Upgrades add additional markers for those who have originally tested 12 markers without the need to provide an additional sample, but can’t be ordered as a stand-alone test without having previously ordered the Y-DNA-12 test. Contact Group Administrator < mart2542@aol.com > for pricing.

Y-Refine12to25 upgrade adds 13 additional markers.
Y-Refine12to37 upgrade adds 25 additional markers.
Y-Refine25to37 upgrade dramatically reduces the time (in generations) to the Most Recent Common Ancestor and adds 12 additional markers to a Y-DNA-25 test.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? You must be a male 18 years of age or older and be willing to pay the cost of the DNA testing. For an Application Form, go to the TROTT-DNA Surname Project website < http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_det.asp?group=Trott&projecttype=S > or contact Group Administrator < mart2542@aol.com > for an Application Form.


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