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Sproul Project

Descendants of Walter Spreull, Lord of Cauldhame, in the shire of Dumbarton
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Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
July 18 @ 1:38pm
IMPORTANT UPDATE! ALL MEMBERS PLEASE READ!! The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for data privacy went into force on 25 May 2018 and because of this all of our members need to update their personal account settings as soon as possible. To update your personal account settings please open your "myFTDNA" page. In the "Your Account" box at the upper left side please click on "Manage Personal Information." This will open a page divided into five sections all of which you should review. I. The first section is "Account Information" with three sub-sections: Contact Information, Change Password, and Beneficiary. Contact Information: Please confirm that the full name of the person who provided the sample for the DNA testing under this kit number is correct. If the kit has a kit manager (who should also be the kit's Beneficiary, see below) the rest of the contact details should be those of the person with whom FTDNA will need to stay in touch (street address, telephone number, and email address). Change Password: This is where you can change your password whenever you wish to do so. Beneficiary: All you need is the following information for your beneficiary (for most of us it is a spouse or child): Name, email address, telephone number. There is even a button to generate a form including the above information, and spaces to sign and notarize it, and the signed document can be included with your other important documents, wherever you keep them. Should the unthinkable happen, and you are unable to manage your account, having these fields filled in will allow the person you designated to take up management of the account, which includes the ability to order additional tests from whatever DNA sample remains in storage. II. The second section is "Genealogy" where you can fill in the fields with whatever details you know. III. The third section is "Privacy & Sharing" which has been changed to comply with the new EU law. This section has four sub-sections which require you to make selections: Matching Preferences, Origin Sharing, Family Tree Sharing, and Project Sharing. Matching Preferences: You must chose to participate in matching and you must select the level of matching you prefer. In order to compare your test results to FTDNA's entire database rather than limit it to just our project's database you should select "All Levels" to enhance your research. This setting places your yDNA and/or mtDNA results on the test results pages which is very helpful to our project. Origin Sharing: You must chose to share your ancestral origins. Please "opt in" to enhance your research. Family Tree Sharing: You must chose a level of sharing of your family tree. The best level for research purposes is "Public." Project Sharing: You must chose a level of sharing for both "Group Project Profile" and "Coding Region Sharing." Please "opt in" to both to enhance your research. IV. The fourth section is "Project Preferences." To comply with the EU's new law FTDNA has had to institute three levels of administrator access. You must select an access level for each project of which you are a member.* In the order of restrictiveness these levels are: "Minimum" Which FTDNA describes as: "... the default access level and the most limited. This access level permits the Group Administrator or co-administrator to access project administration tools that allow him or her to view certain results in relation to how you match other project members; however, this access level does not allow the administrator to visit your "myFTDNA" pages." [Please note that this setting is too restrictive and will hinder our admin team members trying to help you derive the maximum benefit from your genetic testing for which we must be able to visit a member's "myFTDNA" page. If you have only taken the Family Finder test this setting locks you out of our project totally!] "Limited" Which FTDNA describes as: "... permits the Group Administrator or co-administrator to visit and view certain information on your "myFTDNA" pages in order to assist with kit management and to better facilitate project research. Additionally, this access level includes all of the permissions granted with the Minimum level." "Advanced" Which FTDNA describes as: "permits the Group Administrator or co-administrator to visit, view, and modify certain information on your myFTDNA pages in order to assist with kit management and better facilitate project research. Additionally, this access level includes all of the permissions granted with the Limited Access level. The Advanced level is designed to allow an individual administrator to fully manage a project member’s kit and function on their behalf. This includes ordering products and modifying information with the exceptions of the primary email address and project preferences for other Group Projects." Please go to your "myFTDNA" page toolbar "Resources" and from the drop down menu select "Learning Center." Under "Group Administration" scroll down to "Group Administrator Access Levels and Permissions" to see the Limited Access and Advanced Access table for complete details. [*NOTE: There is a short-cut to "Project Preferences" -- go to your "myFTDNA" page, hover the cursor over your name in the upper right, and click on "Account Settings." Then click on "Project Preferences." Please give the admins in all of your projects at least "Limited" access if not "Advanced" access.] V. The fifth section is "Notification Preferences." This section has five sub-sections which require you to make selections: Family Finder, mtDNA, yDNA, Big Y-700, and Projects thus allowing you to limit how many emails you receive on these subjects from FTDNA. This concludes what you need to review in relation to the new EU law. Now a more general overview of our project -- Genetic Genealogy testing at FTDNA. If you have: One, taken the "Big Y-700" Next Generation Sequencing test (yDNA SNPs & STRs); Two, tested 111 yDNA STR markers; Three, taken the Family Finder test -- autosomal block DNA with X-chromosome (atDNA); Four, taken the mtDNAFullSequence test ... you have tested the maximum level of all the types of DNA testing that FTDNA offers. Once you have finished all your testing please consider contributing to our project's General Fund to help others start their journey into genetic genealogy or expand their previous testing. We have had so many scholarship requests that our project's General Fund is nearly empty. With the usual round of International Genetic Genealogy conferences we are certain to have more requests for financial help to test. We shall need donations sufficient to handle a minimum of one ySNP test ($39 USD), one 12 yDNA STR marker test ($59 USD), one ySNP Pack test ($119 USD), and one Big Y-700 test ($649 USD). Thank you for your continued generous support in growing the only project in the world dedicated to the study of the Sproul lineages. Given the expense of genetic genealogy testing, the admin team of this project only recommends that our members order a test if they can afford to do so and hopefully place their test orders during a sale to reduce the cost to themselves. If you are a man whose only yDNA testing has been National Geographic's Geno2 test, the results of which you have transferred into our project, please be aware that you must also take some level of yDNA STR testing (12, 25, 37, 67, 111 markers, or the Big Y-700) in order to be matched to other men in FTDNA's database. If you are a man and have not done all of the above you should check the further testing recommendations in the section heading for your kit on our project's yDNA test results page. SNP testing is required to confirm that your yDNA STR matches are not the product of convergence across haplogroup subclades or even entire haplogroups. The Big Y-700 test is the best way to reveal your terminal SNP, but it is expensive. Sometimes you can find your terminal SNP by taking a specific SNP Pack test though you cannot be certain without the Big Y-700. Unless you have completed all your yDNA testing or even all your DNA testing (including mtDNA and atDNA) you will see your individual testing recommendations arranged in the order of the most value to our project's research: 1. Big Y-700 test, a Next Generation Sequencing test which currently costs $649 USD (please wait for a sale to order it) and it reveals the finest details of your descent from Y-Adam down to your private terminal SNP. Think of SNPs (chain of unique mutations) as the roots, trunk, limbs, branches, and twigs of your family tree with your STR markers as the leaves (this test can reveal over 800 STR markers). 2. SNP Pack test, these tests can cost as much as $119 USD and provide finer detail than FTDNA's estimated haplogroup call. 3. SNP test, these stand alone tests cost $39 USD and indicate your ancient line of descent (Haplogroup) although they do not provide as much detail as the two tests above. 4. STR Marker test upgrades, these upgrades from a lower to a higher number of markers (12, 25, 37, 67, 111) vary in price depending on how many new markers are ordered and if they are on sale. The more markers tested the closer are your matches in generational time. 5. Family Finder test, this is an autosomal DNA test which costs $79 USD and helps define the branches found by the yDNA tests above. If you are a man who has only tested one or two of the three types of DNA you carry (yDNA, mtDNA, & atDNA with X-chromosome) please consider expanding your testing into those other types of DNA to increase your knowledge of your ancestry. This is especially important for those few men in our project who have never tested their yDNA! If you are a woman who wants to trace your father's direct patrilineal line you will need to find a male relative from that line to test his yDNA because only men carry that type of DNA, passing it from father to son. If you are a woman who has taken the Family Finder test to trace your autosomal block DNA with X-chromosome (atDNA) but no further testing, please remember that FTDNA has the world's largest mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) database and it is the only commercial lab to test mtDNA's full sequence. Please consider adding mtDNA to your testing to discover your direct matrilineal origin. If you are a woman who has tested your mtDNA but not taken the Family Finder test, please consider adding it to your testing to reveal the whole range of your most recent ancestry. As our project gains more participants over time your chances of having matches will increase, meanwhile you can help yourself reach this goal by encouraging known relatives to also test their DNA. SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL BIG Y-500 (only) TESTERS: FTDNA changed the basis of their Big Y Next Generation Sequencing (SNP) test from "Build 19" to "Build 38" -- do NOT worry about the technical points -- this is an important upgrade to this four year old test which is the flagship for our lab. No matter when you took the Big Y-500 (NOT Big Y-700) your results have been revised! It has taken FTDNA several months to complete the transition to "Build 38" so please check your personal account page occasionally to see if your Big Y revision has been finished. When you see that your Big Y revision is done please notify a member of the admin team. For those of you Big Y testers who are downstream from R1b-U106 all of your test results need to be re-analysed so please upload your revised (and enlarged) VCF/BED files to a new collection point (Y-DNA Data Warehouse) for analysis at: "https://ydna-warehouse.org/submit.php" These files are now so large that neither admin team members nor our consulting yDNA experts can access them in any other way. In closing, if you have not put your family tree on your "myFTDNA" page please do so as it aids your matches (yDNA, mtDNA, and/or atDNA) in their efforts to identify their connection to you. Thank you, Terrance!
Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
July 19 @ 6:58pm
Big Y testers. It appears everyone is receiving new kits, which goes without saying this will delay your results depending on how quickly you are able to return your sample kit. FTDNA is spending substantial time and effort to ensure the sample you provided is as viable and reliable as possible. I believe the new kits are the best way to go. One thing you should be aware of is your list of matches will be all over the place until all of the Big Y-700 results are posted. This is caused by new SNPs being discovered in the Big Y-700 results that were not discovered in the Big Y-500 testing. So you may find yourself in an unexpected position in the match list for a while. Once all of the upgrades are completed I will send out a Big Y group email explaining the new results. If you have not upgraded or wish to purchase the Big Y-700 I strongly urge you to hold off until the next sale.
James Sprowls James Sprowls
April 5 @ 10:50pm
I've sent a Family Search and Y-DNA111 kit to Joe Sprowls so hopefully that will provide a match between us. He is a descendant of the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Love Sproule/Sprowls who came to Pennsylvania in 1793 from Ireland. Hopefully I'll hear back from another descendant of another of their six sons that is not a descendant of William the youngest son who was born in Pennsylvania in 1794 (my line). For the project infomation I upgraded to the Y-DNA700. The results should be available by mid June.
Joseph Sprowl
April 7 @ 3:21pm
Thanks for the update James. Hopefully we can finally get a match to your line! We'll keep track of the progress of your testing. Be sure to have Joe's kit linked to the Sproul project and any direct line lineage over to Kate.
Joseph Sprowl
June 7 @ 6:04pm
James, how is this going?
James Sprowls
July 15 @ 9:55pm
Got my Big Y 700 results today. I recontacted Joe Sprowls and I think he has submitted his kit for Family Search and Y-DNA111 testing. Still trying to get two people to take the other two Family Search/&-DNA111 tests.
Joseph Sprowl
July 18 @ 1:40pm
Thank you James for the update.
Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
June 7 @ 9:46am
On behalf of the Sproul DNA Project I would like to ask all of us to give Mary Helen Haines a warm welcome to our project as she joins our Administrator team. Mary Helen has over ten years experience as genealogist for Clan MacFarlane Worldwide (CMW) and is a much needed resource for helping us develop our ancient Scottish roots. Welcome Mary Helen to the Sproul DNA Project!
Cathy Sproule
June 7 @ 3:08pm
Hi Mary Helen! So glad you have come on board.
James Sprowls
June 10 @ 1:45pm
Welcome aboard Mary. Look forward to communicating with you. Was interesting to see Spreull listed. My 7th Great Grandfather's brother has that spelling on his gravestone though when his wife died later her's spells it Sproule though their graves are side by side. Hopefully the connection can be proved from Ireland back to Scotland in the future.
Jim Spruell
July 10 @ 8:14pm
Welcome Mary Helen!
Ronald Sprueill Ronald Sprueill has a question!
June 17 @ 1:13pm
How do I use my DNA from Sproul Project in my Ancestry Tree/
Joseph Sprowl
July 1 @ 9:36pm
Hi Ronald, are you talking about with Family Finder results?
James Sprowls James Sprowls
April 5 @ 10:43pm
I hope everyone in the Sprowl Project has read Kate Tammemagi's sproulegenealogy.blogspot.com posts. If we all relate back to Spreull or Sproule's and the spelling has been changed over the centuries she has written a lot of excellent information in her series of blogs over the years. Thank you Kate for all the time, effort, energy, and expense to research and create these blogs to share.
Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
March 24 @ 7:00pm
Thank you Glen for representing the Sproul project at this year's FTDNA Annual DNA Conference in Houston, Texas. Your attendance is huge in us staying up to speed in current DNA technology to better advance our project. Thanks so much!
James Sprowls
March 27 @ 1:17pm
Thank your for taking the time to go to the conference. Is there anything you learned you can share with members of the project that can help the group or individuals in their own research?
Joseph Sprowl
March 27 @ 3:44pm
Hi James. Glen should be putting out some information soon.
Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
September 26, 2018 @ 12:29pm
Cousins, it is important to remember that the entire existence of this project is owed to a man named Philip H Sprowl of Indiana. Nearly ten years ago Philip had a theory that all Sprouls of every part of the world could trace their lineage back to Walter, Seneschal to the 5th Earl of Lennox. Philip sponsored quite a few of us in the early years of genealogical DNA testing to help support his theory. It was Philip's passion to use DNA in genealogical research that sparked my passion for DNA testing. I learned today that Philip has late stages of Alzheimer's disease. He sleeps about 20 hours a day and the only memories he can recall are of his caring wife. Please pray for Philip and his loving and supportive family.
Kate Tammemagi
September 26, 2018 @ 1:32pm
Thank you Philip for your important work. May your passing be peaceful and gentle. Sleep well.
Glen Sproul dit MacDonald
September 27, 2018 @ 5:46pm
I am so sorry to hear this. Certainly a person of vision to whom we are in debt.
George Sproul
January 31 @ 5:13pm
So sorry to hear this. He recruited me to this project. I wish him a comfortable passage into history.
Elizabeth Leahy Elizabeth Leahy has a question!
November 21 @ 4:58pm
Hello, have just joined this project. I wanted to ask if DNA from Ancestry can be used in the Sproul project or if further testing needs to be done. Is male DNA preferable as I read the male line has a unique character? Any advice would be appreciated as my family has been trying to unravel the mystery of our ancestor James Sproul, b 1804 approx, possibly b Londonderry and later Liverpool where he worked as a Stevedore. He was transported to Australia 1824 on ship Lady East for 7 years. He married Ann Crawford ( convict) in Launceston 1832 and their son Robert was born in 1835. We can not locate James from that time but Robert Sproul lived a long life in Victoria marrying Mary Melican and had a large family. We are hoping DNA research may assist finding more about the name Sproul. James had red hair was tall and had tattoos on each arm of a Sickle which maybe indicated he saw himself more Scottish than Irish? I look forward to advice and replies, regards Lizzy Leahy, Australia
Jim Spruell Jim Spruell
September 26, 2018 @ 7:48pm
In response to Joseph Sprowl "VERY important notice" I have chosen "limited access" as recommended by FTDNA. Our kit # is 498826. I believe I have selected Full Access.
Glen Sproul dit MacDonald
September 27, 2018 @ 5:49pm
Thanks Jim.
Joseph Sprowl Joseph Sprowl
Admin
March 21, 2018 @ 1:17am
A recent visit with my branch mates. George Sproul from Virginia standing left, myself standing right and Jim Sprole from Baltimore with his buddy Joe. We had a great visit and although I've visited with Jim several times in the past this was the first time all three have visited together. Thank you Jim for hosting us!