We need at least two more participants from the Southern Branch of the Garrigues/Garrigus/Gargis family as descended from Matthew Garrigus of Halifax County, NC (circa 1760-1790).
This DNA project can offer us conclusive proof that this branch descends from the Pennsylvania Garrigues family. This would be valuable knowledge as the documentation in the early years of this line is scant or non-existant.
The ideal candidates would be male lineal descendents with a pretty solidly documented line back to Matthew Garrigus. However, we have the option to test any descendent (female or non-lineal male) through a more expensive mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) method. The former costs $104 per participant after shipping. The mtDNA kit would run somewhere to the tune of $200 if I am not mistaken. The best approach is to mitigate the cost by having a larger group take up a collection to sponsor a smaller group of volunteers.
If you are interested in participating or know someone who might be please contact me and pass this message along.
Many thanks in advance.