The primary focus of the Ralston Surname Project is to help those who have completed a yDNA test at FTDNA and believe they have a patrilineal (father’s father) descent from a Ralston (or variants such as Raulston, Rolston, Roulston, etc.) family.
Because there are relatively few Ralstons in the world, as compared to other surnames that arose in the UK, it may eventually be possible to trace them all, with the help of yDNA, and as more historical records are digitized and made available online.
The purposes of the project are:
1. --To assist members interpret the yDNA results, and to advise when additional testing might yield additional results
2. --To identify subgroups that might assist in genealogical research.
3. --To allow members to contact others who may match.
4. --To help clarify some of the ancient origins of the Ralstons
CAUTIONARY COMMENTS: What yDNA testing will and will not do for you.
DNA testing of any kind can or will:
------Allow you to test a hypothesis.
------Confirm a patrilineal origin
------Provide possibilities of recent non-paternity events
------Open up a can of worms.
What DNA testing cannot do:
-------Solve a brick wall ancestor without any genealogical research
-------Eliminate the need for traditional family tree documentation and research
------Be proof positive of a suspected distant kinship
Be Be aware that a single DNA test, of any kind, is unlikely to answer all your questions. New information engenders new questions. New questions sometime require that you or others may need to take additional DNA tests.
ParPart of our role here at the Ralston Surname Project is to help guide you toward the most fruitful “next step” in your search. Sometimes, even frequently, the next step is additional DNA testing for you or possible relatives.
New Members - FTDNA sets your results "PRIVATE" by default; please remember to set them to "PUBLIC".