The primary goal of the project is to help project members find out where their Driscoll great*-grandfather was from in Ireland. When we achieve that, we'll have a richer genetic sample of Driscolls with which we can contribute to research on the Corca Laidhe and the role of the Driscolls in this ancient kingdom. To achieve our primary goal, we have several smaller ones:
- GROW the Driscoll project membership overall; grow the project membership with testers with unequivocally known ancestry from within Ireland, sponsoring them if necessary. This is to get a better and broader sampling and a better likelihood of Y matches for project members.
- Assist members with family history / genealogy records and research, when possible, thereby helping them to identify their ancestry and fill in their family trees.
- Encourage project members to leave their genetic legacy behind for future generations by extending their own Y STR genetic signatures out to the maximum 111 markers. Maximal testing will also improve the accuracy of calculations that estimate the degree of relationship to other members.
- Encourage project members to leave their genealogical legacy behind for future generations by documenting their Driscoll family histories to the fullest extent possible and submitting their histories for publication on the project website.
- Encourage interested members to test deep SNPs for clues on the origins of the Driscolls several millennia ago. Deep SNP analysis may help researchers discover more about how Ireland was populated and how ancient people moved around. Encourage members to join their relevant SNP projects as well as the Corca Laidhe project. Deep SNP research will also help guide project administrators in their advice to members for further testing.
- As circumstances permit, work on recruitment of potential DNA testers with a "high-value" provable lineage from Ireland. Engage in fund-raising drives to cover the costs of testing these candidates.
Some of the shorter term objectives to help meet our goals include:
- Ongoing development of our Driscoll project website intended for the preservation of records.
- Continuing correspondence with Skibbereen Heritage, the Clear Island Librarian, and the Cork Genealogical Society, and continue to utilize opportunities to promote DNA testing with these people and organizations.
- Assembly of a team of volunteers to input genealogy records into spreadsheets and developing the software to process that data. Link families together. The output is intended for publication on the project website. (Software, as of June 2015, is still being tested and modified. Some volunteers have stepped forward to assist.)
- Communication with historical societies and genealogy clubs to raise awareness of the project and seek out new members.
- Regular online visits to major genealogy forums, such as those on Ancestry.com, to promote the project. This includes surname forums and regional forums.
- Travel to the British Isles for similar promotion, though the chances for this are remote.
- Fund raising, through the project, to cover the DNA testing costs of "high value" candidates (those who can prove a lineage to a specific location in Ireland).
- Snapshotting the project annually and developing an annual report (timeframe TBD).