Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project- Background



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Claibon, Claiborn, Clarke, Coker, Coleman, Collier, Collins, Compton, Cone, Conley, Conoley, Cook, Cooper, Corgill, Cory, Cosby, Cotten, Cotton, Craft, Craig, Crain, Crane, Cranford, Creagh, Criswell, Crocker, Cross, Crum, Culpepper, Culverhouse, Curlin, Curling, Curry, Curtis, Dailey, Dale, Daniel, Daniels, Dansby, Daughett, Daughette, David, Davidson, Davis, Day, Deese, Deloach, Dennis, Densler, Devan, Dexter, Dickinson, Dickson, Dillard, Dixon, Dobbs, Donald, Donovan, Doran, Doster, Drew, Drummond, Drury, Duckworth, Duffee, Dukes, Dulaney, Dulany, Dumas, Dungan, Dunn, Dunnam, Eads, Early, Easterling, Eatmon, Eddins, Eddy, Eddye, Edge, Edwards, Elam, Ellerbe, Ellis, England, English, Ernest, Ervin, Etheridge, Evans, Fagin, Falls, Farish, Farr, Farrell, Farrington, Farrish, Fatheree, Fee, Fells, Felts, Fendley, Ferguson, Fields, Files, Fisher, Flowers, Foote, Ford, Fore, Foster, Fowlkes, Frank, Franklin, French, Frizzell, Funk, Furr, Futch, Gaddy, Gant, Garner, Garrett, Gaston, Gay, 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Linam, Lister, Long, Love, Lowe, Luker, Lynam, Lynch, Madaris, Mahan, Majors, Mandeville, Maness, Manning, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Mathews, Matthews, Maynard, Mcarthur, Mcbride, Mccants, Mccarthy, Mcclurkin, Mccondichie, Mcconico, Mcconnell, Mcconnico, Mccowan, Mccowen, Mccracken, Mccraney, Mccrary, Mccurdy, Mcdonald, Mcduffie, Mcfarland, Mcgee, Mcgilberry, Mchenry, Mcintosh, Mckee, Mckellar, Mckinney, Mckinzie, Mckithern, Mclean, Mcmillan, Mcmurphy, Mcneil, Mcneill, Mcpherson, Mcquirter, Mcraney, Mcranie, Mcrenolds, Mcwilliams, Melton, Mendenhall, Mendez, Merritt, Miles, Milhouse, Miller, Mims, Minor, Minter, Miree, Mitchell, Mixon, Monroe, Moore, Moorer, Morgan, Morrill, Morris, Moseley, Moses, Moultrie, Muldrew, Munn, Neely, Nelson, Nettles, Neville, Newton, Nichols, Niel, Norris, Nunnally, Nunnelee, Odom, Olds, Orner, Orsburn, Osborn, Owen, Owens, Owtry, Page, Palmer, Parker, Parrish, Pate, Patrick, Patton, Pearl, Pearson, Peek, Pegues, Perkins, Pettaway, Pettway, Pettyway, Pharr, Phelps, Philen, Phillips, Pierce, Pitts, Porter, Portis, Powe, Powell, Presley, Prewett, Price, Primm, Pritchett, Proctor, Pruett, Pruitt, Ptomey, Pugh, Purifoy, Quarles, Rachel, Ramsey, Rand, Ransom, Rasco, Ratliff, Rawls, Ray, Rayborn, Raybourne, Rayburn, Reaves, Reed, Reese, Reeves, Rehobeth, Reynolds, Rhodes, Rice, Richards, Richey, Ricketts, Ridgell, Ridgeway, Riggs, Rivers, Roark, Robbins, Roberson, Robert, Robinson, Rogers, Rossitter, Rotch, Row, Rowell, Rubin, Ruppenthal, Rush, Russell, Rutledge, Ryder, Sadler, Sales, Savage, Sawyer, Scott, Semmes, Shade, Shamberger, Sharp, Shaw, Sheffield, Shelby, Shelton, Shepherd, Shields, Showers, Sills, Simmons, Sims, Singer, Singleton, Skinner, Small, Smith, Smoke, Snell, Snow, Soles, Solomon, Southall, Spaight, Spinks, Stabler, Stallworth, Stanberry, Standland, Stanford, Staples, Steele, Steinwinder, Stewart, Stockman, Stokes, Stringer, Strother, Strothers, Stuart, Stubblefield, Stuckey, Sturdivant, Sullivan, Swain, Tait, Talbert, Taliaferro, Tart, Tarver, Tate, Taylor, Teddleton, Tedeton, Tedleton, Tetterton, Tettleton, Thigpen, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Thrash, Till, Tool, Townsend, Tranum, Turner, Turpin, Twilley, Twilly, Tyson, Tyus, Underwood, Vanderslice, Vasser, Vaughn, Vest, Vickers, Vincents, Voltz, VVernon, Wade, Waid, Waite, Walker, Wallace, Wallis, Walton, Warbinginton, Ward, Waren, Warren, Watford, Watson, Watters, Watts, Waugh, Way, Weatherford, Weatherly, Weaver, Webster, Wellborn, Wells, West, Whatley, Whiten, Whitfield, Whittington, Whittle, Wiggins, Wilcox, Wilkerson, Wilkinson, Willet, Williams, Williamson, Williford, Wilson, Windham, Winfield, Winn, Wolfe, Wood, Woods, Woodward, Wootan, Wormley, Worrell, Wright, Yongue, York, Yost, Young, Yow


The Black Belt of Alabama DNA Project is intended to use DNA as a tool for African Americans researching their central Alabama roots. Anyone who can trace their ancestry to Dallas, Marengo, Perry or Wilcox counties (or to areas that border these counties) in the period from about 1840 through 1880 is welcome to participate.

Surname projects are often meaningless for African Americans whose family bonds may have been broken during the Enslavement Period or whose families experienced one or more name changes after Emancipation. In addition, many African Americans--as many as 30% by some estimates--have European Y-DNA but have not been able to find the progenitors of their European lines. In these cases, researchers may have been able to trace their ancestry by traditional means back to the first census after Emancipation in which their ancestors were identified by surnames and then hit the proverbial "1870 Brick Wall". This project is designed to help them to scale that barrier.

The Black Belt of Alabama project is sponsored by the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society (BBAAGHS), headquartered in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama and by, the premier African American genealogy website.

B.J. Smothers
Project Administrator

General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 22
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 82
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 181
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 87
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 308
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 30
Maternal Ancestor Information 491
mtDNA 413
mtDNA Full Sequence 174
mtDNA Plus 311
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 533
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 65
Total Members 844
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 93
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 45
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 15
Y-DNA Subgroups 0
Y-DNA111 85
Y-DNA12 473
Y-DNA25 398
Y-DNA37 358
Y-DNA67 202