Until project members indicate otherwise, the project Administrator operates on the assumption that project members are trying to find out who their great*-grandfather was and where he was originally from. Deeper origins back over several millennia are a secondary consideration.
The goals of the project are thus, to:
- Assist members with family history / genealogy records and research, when possible, thereby helping them to identify their ancestry and fill in their family trees.
- Create a rich DNA database by recruiting new members. In particular, target testing candidates who can prove ancestry back to a specific location in Ireland (i.e., candidates with "high value" genealogies). This will further help members who have not identified the origins of their paternal ancestors.
- Identify and carve out relatively recent genealogical groupings, 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.
- Continue executing shorter term objectives to meet these goals.
Some of the shorter term objectives include:
- Identification of the geographic origins of project surnames.
- Ongoing development of our project website intended for the preservation of records. Creation of genealogy record extracts pertaining to the most likely places of origin. Host extensive family genealogies and biographies, written by members and researchers.
- Communication with historical societies to raise awareness of the project and seek out new members.
- Regular online visits to major genealogy forums such as those on Ancestry.com, for purposes of project promotion. This includes surname forums and regional forums.
- Travel to the British Isles for similar promotion, though the chances for this are more remote due to the costs involved.
- Fund raising, through the project, to cover the DNA testing costs of "high value" candidates.
- Periodic communication with project members through annual reports.
- Recruitment of volunteers to serve as co-administrators and assist with project website content and development. Strategically located co-administrators in the British Isles tasked with project recruitment could compensate for travel deficiencies.
To help meet our goals, the project seeks co-administrators and volunteers with as many of these qualifications as possible:
- Basic Excel spreadsheet skills in data entry, charts, etc.
- Basic HTML/CSS web page development skills.
- Word processing skills for development of promotional materials.
- Basic understanding of Y STR testing.
- Participation in or involvement with at least one haplogroup DNA project; basic understanding of haplogroups, subclades, terminal SNPs.
- Interest in a specific geographic area and in website content development thereof.
- Access to genealogical record collections that are otherwise difficult to access.
- Residence in a particularly "high value" area in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, etc. with the willingness and time to promote the project in the area.
Please email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping the project meet its goals.