History, Timeline, and News for this Project: ...  -  - 
22 Nov 2006:
This project, the original Christman Surname Genetic Genealogy YDNA Project
, launched by long-time Christman researcher and genetic genealogy pioneer, Charles Kerchner, a Christman descendant and genealogist for over 32 years. Other surnames and surname projects
of interest to Mr. Kerchner.
23 Nov 2006:
I emailed about a dozen Christmans/Chrismans and Christman/Chrisman research contacts I had met and helped or communicated with regarding Christman family genealogy research in that last 10 years about joining my new project. Four of them ultimately joined the project.
23 Nov 2006:
One of those I emailed on the 23rd was Mr. Christman, a new Christman researcher who initially contacted me in Apr 2006 via my traditional Christman genealogy web pages since he was seeking genealogy research help for his Christman line with which he was stuck and wasn't making much progress. I sent him the join code link and he ordered his test kit and was assigned kit number 77721. He thus became the project's first member. Genealogy research note and project success story for this project: When Mr. Christman, kit number 77721, first contacted me for help with his research in Apr 2006, he firmly believed per his initial research and family oral history that he was a descendant of the immigrant Michael Christman of Berks Co PA. But my subsequent research into his line convinced me that he was instead a descendant of the immigrant Jacob Christman of Lehigh Co PA, not Michael Christman. The YDNA testing data of others in this project later confirmed my paper trail research conclusion was correct. Kit 77721, descends from the immigrant Jacob Christman, born c1711
, not Michael Christman, born 1726. See the 19 Jul 2007 and 11 Sep 2007 news and timeline items below. Mr. Christman then refocused his research to the correct immigrant line. Such is the power of YDNA testing to sort out genealogically puzzles.
7 Dec 2006:
Kit 77721 received by lab in Houston TX for processing.
24 Jan 2007:
The second Christman/Chrisman contacts me and joins the project. Mr. Chrisman, case number T072654, was tested at another lab. He entered his data into the public database, Ysearch.org, to enable access to compare his data to others in this project. His data is added to separate web page for this project to permit displaying of results for individuals previously tested via other labs and found in other public sources and also to compare those results with those tested via this project: YDNA Test Results Data
. Also see Results tab above.
26 Jan 2007:
Test results received for Mr. Christman, kit number 77721. Data uploaded to public database Ysearch.org to share and compare the data with others in that public database. Ysearch ID C8HUN assigned in that system. He did not match test kit number T072654 record in the Ysearch.org public database. Data added to PDF page comparing the results of Christmans and Chrismans tested thus far.
5 Mar 2007:
Kit 86250 ordered by Mr. Christman, a cousin of kit 77721.
31 Mar 2007:
Kit 86250 was received by FTDNA in Houston TX for processing.
23 Apr 2007:
Initial 12 marker test results received for Mr. Christman, kit number 86250. This YDNA12 haplotype matched kit 77721, as was expected since they share the same recent Christman line and a previously known common male ancestor.
8 May 2007:
Kit 91853, Mr. Christman of Canada, one of the people I emailed my YDNA project announcement to on 23 Nov 2006, orders a test kit.
24 May 2007:
Final results received for Mr. Christman, kit 86250. He closely matched kit 77721. See the Results tab above with link to the YDNA project data table therein for more details.
3 Jun 2007:
Kit 93844, one of the people I emailed my YDNA project announcement to on 23 Nov 2006, orders a test kit.
5 Jun 2007:
Kit 91853 for Mr. Christman of Canada was received by FTDNA in Houston TX for processing.
12 Jun 2007:
Kit 93844 for Mr. Christman of PA was received by FTDNA in Houston TX for processing.
20 Jun 2007:
Kit N49584 joins the project via transfer from the Genographic Project.
19 Jul 2007:
Initial results for kit 93844, Mr. Christman of PA, received. He closely matched kit 77721. Kit 93844 has a solid paper trail back to Jacob Christman c1711-1761 via son George Christman c1739-1801.
24 Jul 2007:
Kit 97567, Mr. Christman, orders a test kit.
3 Aug 2007:
Kit 97567 for Mr. Christman was received by FTDNA in Houston TX for processing. This Mr. Christman is a descendant of Michael Christman, born c1726.
15 Aug 2007:
Initial results for kit 91853, Mr. Christman of Canada, received. He matched kit 77721 the project's first member, as well as others in the project from the PA line of Jacob Christman, born c1711. Mr. Christman of Canada traces his line back to the immigrant Jacob Christman (c1711-1761), as do the others in their group. Kit 91853 has a solid paper trail back to Jacob Christman c1711-1761, via son Philip 1755-1825.
1 Sep 2007:
Final results received for kit 93844, Mr. Christman of PA. While he has several more mutational differences that others in group 1, his haplotype still confirms that they share a common male line ancestor.
4 Sep 2007:
Final results for kit 91583, Mr. Christman of Canada, received. He still closely matched kit 77721. Interestingly, kit 91583 Mr. Christman of the line that emigrated from PA and eventually ended up in Canada, based on the data available, is the branch still carrying the Deduced Ancestral Haplotype of the MRCA of Group 1
, for the immigrant Jacob Christman born c1711.
5 Sep 2007:
Prepared a birth order sorted Excel table including the Deduced Ancestral Haplotype (DAH) for Jacob Christman, the Most Recent Common Ancestor for Group 1 in the project. Based on the data to date, Mr. Christman of Canada has the haplotype closest to the DAH. Also noted that all Christmans in group 1 have extra copies of multi-copy marker DYS 464. Most male lines have four copies. The Christmans in group 1 (Haplogroup J2) have either 5 or 6 copies. Copy of the new Excel table was sent to all participants with a brief project update.
5 Sep 2007:
One of the people I emailed my YDNA project announcement to on 23 Nov 2006, Mr. Christman of NY, kit 101087, joins the project and orders his YDNA37 marker test. On 25 Sep 2007 he visited my home in PA to share and compare Christman research notes.
6 Sep 2007:
Link to enhanced Christman Project YDNA Excel Table added. See this link: YDNA Test Results Table
11 Sep 2007:
Initial results received for kit 97567 of the Michael Christman immigrant clan. His haplotype (set of numbers) is completely different than any other Christman line tested to date. In fact his male line is in haplogroup R1a and is not related to the other haplogroups via the male line for 10s of thousands of years. Since Mr. Christman, kit 97567, descends from the immigrant line of Michael Christman, he now establishes some initial reference point markers for that clan. An additional Christman distant cousin of kit 97567 should be tested to validate this new haplotype profile. We now have haplotype profiles for three immigrant Christman ancestors to North America.
26 Sep 2007:
Kit N54671 joins the project via data transfer from the National Geographic Society Genographic Project.
17 Oct 2007:
Kit 104463, Mr. Christman of Allentown PA, orders his test kit while visiting me at my home to share and compare Christman research notes. He found my Christman genealogy webpage on 10th of October and contacted me for more information.
18 Oct 2007:
Initial results for kit 101087, Mr. Christman of NY, are received. His haplotype was 11/12 for the deduced ancestral haplotype of Jacob Christman (c1711-1761). Final results continued the close match to the line of Jacob Christman, born c1711.
4 Jan 2008:
Kit N58131, Dr. Christman of AZ, joins the project via transfer to FTDNA from the National Geographic Society Genographic Project. His YDNA12 haplotype which is in the R1a haplogroup matches the YDNA12 results for kit 97567, a descendant of the immigrant Michael Christman. Since kit N58131's research indicates he descends from the immigrant Jacob Christman, born 1706, of Virginia, this leaves us with a possiblity that the Michael Christman, born 1726, immigrant line is related to the Jacob Christman, born 1706, line via a connection back in Germany. We await more marker results to determine how close genetically the two lines are.
9 Jan 2008:
Kit N58131 orders a YDNA67 marker upgrade to get more DYS marker data to compare to kit number 97567.
26 Feb 2008:
Kit 110062 contacts me and requests to join our project. He descends from the immigrant Heinrich Christman, born 1706. His YDNA markers place him in the I1a haplogroup. See this webpage for more information about haplogroups: Haplotype vs Haplogroup
18 Apr 2008:
Kit N58131 YDNA37 upgrade marker results received. YDNA67 marker results still in process.
26 Feb 2010:
Kit 171289 joins the project.
See the YDNA table linked to in the "Results" link/tabs above for more specific marker results details and analysis and this PDF file:
YDNA Test Results Data
And for more Information about this project see the:
Christman Genetic Genealogy YDNA Project
Project Background, Goals, Results and News
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