The primary goal of the project is to help members find out where their Collins great*-grandfather was. We aim to carve out Collins paternal line pedigrees and lineages. Our means of doing this is through finding genetic matches through yDNA.
Historical texts place many old versions of the Collins surname in specific locations around England and Ireland. Our research, if it were sufficiently developed, could contribute to the historical research of those areas. That is our secondary goal.
To achieve our goals, we have several smaller ones:
- Assist members with family history / genealogy records and research, when possible, thereby helping them to identify their ancestry and fill in their family trees. Ongoing content development of our Collins project website is for this purpose.
- Identify and carve out relatively recent genealogical lineages and pedigrees, assigning a terminal haplogroup/SNP label to each.
- Contribute to deep SNP research, and thereby the evolution of haplogroup research, by encouraging SNP testing, once members have done sufficient STR marker testing.
- Review literature on the origins of the surname, along with state of the art haplogroup discoveries, to determine whether correlations can be made between any origin hypotheses and haplogroups.
Identify the ancestral genetic signatures of the major Collins lines in Ireland.
Identify the ancestral genetic signatures of the major Collins lines in England and the UK, possibly linking them to entries in the Domesday book.
Effective Fall 2018, the project is no longer engaged in active promotion and recruitment.