While a surname itself may give us incomplete or misleading or, at best, only general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us concrete evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching. The accessibility and affordability of family DNA testing is doubtless the greatest technical advance in the history of genealogical research because -- at long, long last -- we have a tool to break down those brick walls!
In order to join the Stevenson-Stephenson Surname project, you must first ydna test at FTDNA or have ordered the kit and have an FTDNA account. When setting up your account Privacy and Security Settings, you must choose Limited or Advanced Access to the Project Administrators under the Project Preferences Tab. This is necessary for the Project Administrators to effectively manage this group of members. Please contact Administrator Curry Walker from the home page with questions on this requirement. Otherwise, do NOT send a JOIN request or it will be denied.