as well as Virginia and Tennessee.
What is the Smith/Smythe/Smyth Project? It is another tool in the family research toolkit to identify earliest known ancestors by branch. Taking the DNA test and comparing results, coupled with, when available, good paper trails, may be just the thing you need to find common ancestors and prove or disprove theories about which Smith line you stem from.
The DNA kit test is a cheek swab test offered at a reduced group rate by Family Tree DNA for those who join as part of the project. After the kit is returned, it takes approximately 6 weeks for the results to come back, at which time you are both notified and we, with your permission, put your privatized results on the web so that you can see how you stack up with the other project members. There are a number of people who have already taken the test, you can see the results at http://www.halcyondays.com/smith/dna/dnaresults.htm
-notice that there the Anthony Smith line is showing commonalities with several other lines. We have put the family trees of the first 5 generations down from each participant on the web, and have a privatized form so that those members who have given permission can be emailed for more information. Please note, again, that at all time, the members information is kept completely private on the web.
Who can participate? If you are a male Smith/Smythe/Smyth (ie, your last name is Smith) you are an ideal candidate. Even if you are not, perhaps you have a male Smith relative (such as brother, father, cousin) that could take the test as your representative. If you have had a Smith at any time in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina or Kentucky, please consider joining the project.
You can either join from the FamilyTreeDNA website or email back for more details. (Side note that there is also a Smiths of CT/MA DNA Project as well at http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_det.asp?group=Smith-2
, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.)
For those who are already familar with the project, note that today there are 2 more results posted AND that the results have also now been categorized by which haplogroup they fall under (see the link to a discussion of haplogroup types on the page).
Smith/Smyth/Smythe of VA/TN/NC/KY DNA Project Administrator