Johnson/Johnston/Johnstone DNA Test Results - Goals

Our goal is to aid anyone interested in researching their family history using DNA testing. If you are a serious genealogist, sooner or later you are going to reach the end of a proven "paper trail". When this happens, looking beyond this so called "brick wall" can become very exasperating and next to impossible. Y-DNA testing offers an exciting new approach to solving this problem. Basically, a Y-DNA test is that of the y-chromosome which is passed down from father to son. Thus, a surname lineage can be identified in this manner. However, the test results of a single DNA test, standing alone, is of little value. It is by comparing that single test with others in a database that it becomes valuable. That is the purpose of this project! Each participant's test results are of equal importance in this regard. So, as the Johnson/Johnston/Johnstone database grows larger with each new participant, so does the chances that another rumbling sound will be heard as one more "brick wall" comes crashing down! There is another exciting aspect of DNA testing and that is the study of "ancient ancestry"!It goes without saying, most all of us are curious to know who we were before surnames were used to identify us! As our database grows, we will explore this new field which allows us to trace the migrations of our earliest ancestors as they populated the world. Not only can the male Y-DNA tests be used for this study but also that of the mtDNA test. Mitrocondia DNA (mtDNA) is passed down through the maternal line. Interestingly, the National Geographic Society is presently conducting a five year project called the Genegraphic Project the purpose of which is a detailed study of human migrations. Many of our J/J/J participants are participating in this exciting project!