British Quakers DNA Project- Background

Administrators

Background

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The proper name for Quakers is The Religious Society of Friends (RSoF). The project was formed in hopes of gathering as many direct lineages (Maternal and Paternal) of original RSoF members in Great Britain (and its former colonies) as possible in one place. Do you have many ancestors who belonged to the RSoFs, and a love of genetic genealogy, but struggle with browsing many surname projects to find the haplogroup and other information for each and every RSoF ancestor? Do some of your RSoF ancestors' surnames not yet even have a surname project? If so, this is the place for you!

If you are interested in joining the project and you have not yet tested through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) or one of their affiliates, you may do so by ordering a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) or a Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test.

Joining the Project

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA): Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing is the proven method to find and prove genealogical connections between women using genetic technologies. Matching combined with traditional genealogical research effectively demonstrates relationships.

For successful comparison and matching, you should order the mitochondrial DNA full genomic sequence test. This is sufficient resolution to ensure that your matches are not coincidental. Because mtDNA is passed on only by women, the person tested needs to be a direct maternal descendant of your ancestress. Contacting others for the right genetic lineage is often required.

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA): Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) testing is the proven method to find and prove genealogical connections between men using genetic technologies. Matching and partial matching combined with traditional genealogical research effectively demonstrates relationships for 1 to 15 generations. For most researchers who have reached a brick wall in their genealogy, this is the ideal test.

For successful comparison and matching, you should order a Y-DNA37, Y-DNA67, or Y-DNA111 test. This is sufficient resolution to ensure that your matches are not coincidental. Because Y-DNA is inherited only by men, the person tested needs to be a male direct paternal descendant of your ancestor. Contacting males for the right genetic lineage/surname (brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, etc.), is often required.

Forums

Mailing Lists

  • QUAKER-ROOTS-L A discussion group for anyone with an interest in their Quaker heritage. Our Quaker ancestors kept excellent records and documented their migration into new areas. If you find one Quaker family on your family tree, you probably have many more! To join QUAKER-ROOTS-L, send mail to QUAKER-ROOTS-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.
  • QUAKER-BRITISH-ISLES-L A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Quaker ancestors in the British Isles. To join QUAKER-BRITISH-ISLES-L, send mail to QUAKER-BRITISH-ISLES-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.
  • QUAKER-DNA-L A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding genetic genealogy for our Quaker ancestors worldwide. To join QUAKER-DNA-L, send mail to QUAKER-DNA-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.
  • PA-QUAKERS-L Quaker families that settled and lived in Pennsylvania. To join PA-QUAKERS-L, send mail to PA-QUAKERS-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.
  • SC-BUSHRIVERQUAKERS-L A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Bush River Quaker community of Newberry, South Carolina, in the late 1700s and early 1800s. To join SC-BUSHRIVERQUAKERS-L send mail to SC-BUSHRIVERQUAKERS-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.
  • CAN-ONT-QUAKERS-L A mailing list for anyone researching their Quaker or Religious Society of Friends ancestors in Ontario, Canada. To join CAN-ONT-QUAKERS-L, send mail to CAN-ONT-QUAKERS-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body.

Do you enjoy giving back and helping out? Consider becoming a volunteer DNA Project Administrator. This project is seeking 4 to 5 additional volunteers to help administrate and co-administrate the project. If you are interested, please read Family Tree DNA's GAP Guidelines for project administrators, and contact Family Tree DNA customer service.

General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 9
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 46
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 74
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 35
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 12
Family Finder 83
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 16
Maternal Ancestor Information 187
mtDNA 127
mtDNA Full Sequence 68
mtDNA Plus 100
mtDNA Subgroups 55
Paternal Ancestor Information 272
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 107
Total Members 286
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 1
Unreturned Kits 2
WTY 4
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 56
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 34
Y-DNA Subgroups 69
Y-DNA111 43
Y-DNA12 256
Y-DNA25 230
Y-DNA37 222
Y-DNA67 141