I received the following e-mail from Jean Howell. She is administering a Howell surname DNA research project. I will participate, and post the results when I have them.
From: Jean Howell [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2004 6:31 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Subject: Howell surname Y-DNA testing
I'm writing you because you have posted queries on the Howell forum at genealogy.com and you appear to be interested in sharing and receiving information about your Howell ancestry.
I'm a layman, not a company employee, administrating a Howell Y-chromosome testing project through FamilyTreeDNA of Houston, TX. The purpose of Y-testing is to help Howells identify unknown cousins who might help them pursue research on their Howell ancestry. The testing is especially useful to those who hit a brickwall in their traditional paper research and can use input from cousins working on the same Howell line.
Simplified, here's how it works: the test is a simple, painless 5-minute cheek swab that I arrange completely by mail through FTDNA of Houston, TX. A kit is sent to you, cost is $99 special group participation rate, with $2 postage. You complete the test and return for processing. In approximately 6 weeks, you will be notified by e-mail of your Y-chromosome pattern on 12 tested markers. If you sign the enclosed release form that comes with the test, you will receive the name and e-mail address of any Howell in the group whose 12 markers you match exactly.
In the interest of clarity I stress that you must be a male bearing the Howell surname to take the test. The Y-chromosome is passed down unaltered from father to sons through the generations. An exact match between two donors indicates a 99% likelihood of a shared Howell ancestor. Those who match can then compare research and try to determine who your common ancestor is.
For an overview of the exciting new role of genetics in genealogy, please go to www.familytreedna.com. I welcome your interest and questions.
Jean Howell, Project mgr, Howell surname project, FTDNA of Houston, TX
Posted by jhowell at April 25, 2004 11:11 AM