I've established a Laurens County, SC Geographical-DNA Project. Since many families settled in Laurens and never left the county, it's a prime area for genealogical genetic testing.
While the majority of DNA-projects are focused on male Y-DNA surname testing, the Laurens DNA-Project is also open to females of Laurens County ancestors. Participants do NOT need to be currently living in Laurens Co., they just need to be on an all female, or all male direct line.
The first project participant is my first cousin who is a Laurens native with 200+ years of Laurens ancestry on both his direct maternal and paternal lines, he was tested for both Y-DNA and mtDNA. His Y-DNA did return results with other surname matches. His mtDNA from his mother, gave me a surprise with a perfect match to someone in my Fuller DNA surname project! I called Mr. Fuller and he told me he was on a direct maternal line to a 'brick-wall' female line from Laurens County. So the match may help Mr. Fuller in his search for his ancestor, as he can focus on the Glenn/Harris lines. The project has scholarship funds available for a direct descendant on an all female line from the Glenn/Harris family.
Those with ancestry in the surrounding counties of ol' Ninety-Six are also welcome to participate.
The site also includes Laurens County cemetery transcriptions and research links.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to participate!
Katherine Hope Bolt-Borges
Laurens County, SC DNA-Project Adminhttp://www.ourfamilyorigins.com/laurens/dna.htm