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Due to the new privacy regulations adopted by FamilyTreeDNA in May 2018, when you join this project you must be willing to grant the Project Admin "Limited Access" to view your test results data in order to facilitate sharing, comparing, and grouping of your data for the benefit of this project and yourself. This project is studying the genetic genealogy markers of the Christman surname line and phonetically similar name male lines. It was launched in Nov 2006 by Charles Kerchner, (P.E. retired), a Jacob Christman born c1711 descendant and a hobby genealogist for over 34 years and a genetic genealogy pioneer since Feb 2001. The goal of this surname project is to determine the genetic genealogy markers and branch tags for the various male lines in order to provide a new tool to distinguish between the various CHRISTMAN, CHRISTMANN, and CRESSMAN ancestral lines worldwide to aide your traditional genealogical research. This project will show which Christman lines are related genetically on the direct male line and which are not. Any reasonably equivalent phonetic spelling variations of this surname and other surnames such as soundex codes C623, C625, or K623, etc., are welcome to join this project. See the News tab and section of this site for more about how the project was launched, evolved, and grew. While a surname itself usually can provide some general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us additional new, concrete, scientific evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching. These mutational differences can be used to sort related family lines into branches and of course can be used to sort the various Christman and Cressman clans in the USA into those which are genetically related and those which are not. This is a great aide to traditional research as you will know which lines to focus on as being truly your own clan. The accessibility and affordability of family DNA testing is doubtless the greatest technical advance in the history of genealogical research because -- at long, long last -- we have a tool to break down those brick walls! To learn more about Genetic Genealogy see this report: Genetic Genealogy - An Introduction To contact the Project Admin see this webpage: TO JOIN THIS PROJECT: At this time you must have been tested either directly via FTDNA or indirectly via FTDNA via the NGS Genographic Project to join this project. Genographic Project customers must first do the free transfer of their results from the NGS database to FTDNA's database. See the "Learn More" link at the bottom of your Genographic Project personal page for how to do the free transfer of your test data to FTDNA or call FTDNA for assistance in doing the transfer. Once you have a personal account page at FTDNA, to join this project which is the original [Christman] project, sign/log in to your FTDNA personal account page using your kit number and password and click on the JOIN PROJECTS section in the upper left part of your personal page screen. Find the "Surnames" projects section. Click on the letter "C" category. Then click on the [Christman] project link. If there are multiple projects listed with similar names, to join my project you need to click on the [Christman] spelling for the project name. You will then see a description of this project. Fill in a brief comment in the comments field if you wish. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the small white join button at the bottom of the [Christman] project join page. That is all there is to it. If you have not been tested before either by FTDNA or the Genographic Project and want to join this project you need to order a YDNA test kit. Click on the Request to Join This Group link in the upper left hand corner of this screen to contact the Project Admin and arrange ordering your test kit. More Information about this project see the:Christman Genetic Genealogy YDNA ProjectProject Background, Goals, Results and News Copyright (c) 2006-2010, Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. All Rights Reserved