The HAM DNA Project has been underway since 2005, but we are still struggling to get participants from a number of areas that would be helpful to the Project. We are currently looking for confirmation on a number of Counties in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Kentucky. Current participants are also looking for matches in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany.
The folks awaiting confirmation usually only have one participant from their line, and need a second participant from another branch of their line to confirm any out of wedlock issues. The folks seeking matches overseas need participants overseas to confirm locations of origin.
In Virginia, there are a number of HAM lines in Counties that have not yet participated: Orange, Caroline, Culpeper, and Elizabeth City (now Hampton). Participants who are known to descend from these Counties would be very helpful to the Project. In North Carolina, we are still waiting for known descendants from the Counties of Iredell, Surry, Guilford, Montgomery, and of course Rowan County.
Not yet participating are the HAM lines from Pennsylvania, several from New York, Maine, New Hampshire, and various lines on the east coast, which should include Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, etc. If known descendants of these lines would participate, it would be of help for targeting future research. We have yet to see our first participant who would be a current resident of and would have ancestors from Britain, Scotland, France, or Germany.
At any rate, now is a good time to sign up for the DNA testing. I have received an announcement from Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA that prices have dropped for the month of July. He quotes these prices:
Y-DNA37 – promotional price $119 (reg. price $149)
Y-DNA67 – promotional price $199 (reg. price $238)
mtDNAPlus – promotional price $119 (reg. price $149)
These are the best prices, marker for marker, of any company in the market.
More information regarding "How To" participate is given on the HAM Country web pages, but U.S. participants can go directly to the order form at FTDNA here:
HAM DNA Project order form at FTDNA
and European residents can visit the European web site for ordering information at Family Tree DNA:
(Indicate that you want to "Join" the HAM DNA Project for the July group discount prices.)
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