Phelps

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About us

Revised 6/6/2014


This project is strictly Y-DNA.  Family finder, mtDNA, autosomal transfers are allowed but a YDNA test is required.   To learn all about Y-DNA testing please refer to very complete FTDNA site Y-DNA Ancestry Testing


Join us in our efforts to find the Phelps line to which we belong or confirm our research, break through "brick walls", and "jump over the pond"!   


Membership requirements:

The testee must be a male whose surname is Phelps (or an acceptable spelling variant)  and  who considers himself to be a biological Phelps descendant. Membership is open to any person associated with the testee using email addresses in the testee's FTDNA kit record.  Those not meeting the requirements may be given a temporary membership to allow access to this Phelps FTDNA analysis and for contact with matched Phelps.     (For a detailed discussion on special membership situations, please see below:  Membership Requirements Further Explanation)

 

To join, simply click the "Join Request" tab above and receive a discount while joining our project.  If you have privacy concerns, contact the project administrator for special instructions.

If your Y-DNA matches with previously tested Phelps lines (or you are a newly discovered line), your kit will be assigned a family group or cluster on the on the Project Y-DNA Results pages.


New 6/2014:

  • Lineages of tested men can be viewed at the Archived YDNA Phelps Genealogies site, searchable by Y-DNA kit number or other phrases.

  • For New England and related Phelps, visit the separate and expanded genealogy website Tested Phelps Genealogies, developed by Dorothy Gellai and Brian Phelps along with support from New England Phelps members.

Southern Phelps, visit these additional informational sites:
        
A Repository of  Research on Southern Phelps Families of the 18th and 19th Centuries ,

       the Northeast NC Phelps YDNA project and the related  Phelps of NE NC Google Site,

         and the blog, Phelps Family Research Team

         also, view the redesigned site,  Descendants of Nicholas and Hannah Baskel Phelps, Perquimans Co, NC   A free yDNA test may be able for descendants of this line


-   You may wish to join the growing Phelps group on Facebook:
Phelps Genealogy in America.  There are many members who are willing to help out and it's a great way to meet new cousins! 



 Membership Requirements Further Explanation      

Requirements for membership in our Phelps project sometimes becomes quite complex with applicant frustration and misunderstanding. To help in understanding the present policy, here is some insight.  The present policy for membership is above.

Since YDNA identifies the paternal ancestry, regardless of surname, IMO, YDNA projects would have been better served as identified by YDNA only, no surnames. But since FTDNA and genealogy have organized around surnames, we often find it difficult to define membership.

I have found there are four possible situations where membership is requested:

  1. YDNA matches with a tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps
  2. YDNA does match any other tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps
  3. YDNA matches with a tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps
  4. YDNA does match any other tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps

 

Two possibilities are easily handled:

  1. YDNA matches with a tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps. The ydna kit is made part of the project and a brief genealogy is posted. Genealogy issues are discussed among the related members.
  2. YDNA does match any other tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps. Applicant is usually found in another surname project. Membership is usually brief to confirm the lack of a match.   

The other two situations are more difficult:

  1. YDNA matches with a tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps.

    Since "Phelps" is not the desired surname yet matches with other Phelps, a non-paternity event is poaaible. Temporary membership is allowed to research the non-paternity event. Since the project is "Phelps" the non-Phelps surname member is not expected to be permanent.

  2. YDNA does match any other tested Phelps line, surname claimed is Phelps.

    1. The claimed line does point to a Phelps line that has already been identified by a sufficient number of other tested Phelps: Membership is granted creating a new Phelps line.

    2. The claimed line points to a Phelps line that has already been identified by a sufficient number of tested Phelps who have agreed to their genealogy: This situation has cause much disappointment, often to those who have researched genealogy for many years. It can be quite devastating and if additional testing is done to find the apparent "Non-Paternity Event" it can even lead to recent ancestors. It may involve other surnames who are not interested in finding which of their relatives were involved. These people should join the other surname project. If desired, Phelps membership is shown under "Unmatched Phelps", with a genealogy if requested.

 

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