Arterburn DNA Project
My purpose is not to disparage or devalue the groundbreaking
work of Art and Jan Arterburn, nor to mimimize the immense debt
of gratitude that all ARTERBURNS who may be interested in their
family roots owe the authors of The Arterburn Cousins.
Rather, my goal has been to attempt to carry forward in the best
spirit of honest and open inquiry the task of a work unfinished, as
acknowledged and invited by them in the introduction of their book.
I continue to believe that truth will indeed set us free if tendered
with loving hearts. I hope you agree.
In neither of my books have I attempted to reproduce or update
the family tree of the many descendants compiled by the authors
of The Arterburn Cousins. I leave that to others. My focus has
been entirely on specific points of the history of those two first
families, and on the question of ancestral origins. My emphasis
has been more about discovery and depth of understanding than
about pride of name or pedigree.
To expect that The Arterburn Cousins is exhaustive and without
error in every detail is to expect too much. Some corrections have
been necessary. Hitherto unknown or unexplored facts have been
presented. New ways of looking at the available evidence have
been proposed that better explain what we now know. I make no
pretense of having completed the task that was so auspiciously
begun in The Arterburn Cousins, but I do believe that I have
made important contributions.
Finally, Y-DNA testing has added a new dimension in helping to
uncover our deepest ancestral roots, as well to clarify our likely
Old World origins in more recent historical time. The perspective
of genetics has also enabled us to see through a new lens that our
patrilineal (surname) family in which we claim relationship is only
one branch of a very large human family tree that extends far back
in time. While this Y-DNA Project is necessarily focused only on
our lineage through the males of our ARTERBURN ancestors, each
of us has over a thousand direct ancestors within just the past 10
generations. The (autosomal) DNA of all of those other ancestors
have also contributed to make us (genetically) who we are today.
I hope you find the entire results useful as a complement to The
Arterburn Cousins. Questions or comments about this project are
always welcome. Please write to me via the group administrator's
email link, at the top of the Background page.
Cordially and sincerely,
Charles R. Arterburn