Barnard_Bernard DNA Project  Explanation            

 

 
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Updated 27 May, 2013

As part of the ongoing research into the BARNARD & Variants family name a Family Tree Y-DNA project is being carried out to help support (or disprove) the current paper genealogies and to help connect people with the same name worldwide in the hope of finding common ancestors. Only DNA from the Y-chromosome will be tested, which means that only males bearing the Barnard family surname are eligible. This also includes close variants of the surname.

If you are a female researcher, you can participate indirectly if you have a father, brother, paternal uncle, or male cousin with the surname who is willing to submit a DNA sample. Others may also be able to participate by sharing the cost of the Barnard surname DNA testing.

We welcome any Barnard researcher interested in using this comparatively new genealogical tool to join us.

The actual DNA test is very simple and painless. It consists of three cotton or plastic swabs which are rubbed on the inside of the cheek to collect sufficient DNA for testing.

Y-DNA markers tested are only in the region of the Y-chromosome and which some scientists consider a 'junk' region and do not contain medical information. The test will not identify you as an individual as you will likely share the same results with many other individuals. This is in contrast to police forensic profiling. It is therefore necessary to compare your results with others that have the same surname.

When two people with similar surnames match on a reasonable number of markers, a connection to a recent common paternal ancestor can be confirmed. Less exact matches indicate more distant connections or may exclude a connection altogether. All testing companies do not test the same number or selection of markers, but generally there are sufficient markers in common to indicate a relationship when the paper research of the people concerned can be compared to determine the latest common ancestor.

Often, surname studies reveal separate and distinct groups of males, which demonstrate that they do not share the same ancestor. This happens most frequently with variant surnames. Whilst this may be unexpected, this can be extremely helpful (and cost effective) when deciding avenues of further research.

What happens next?
If you would like to participate in this on-going project, or have any questions please send an email to the BARNARD_BERNARD DNA Surname Project by clicking on this link and indicating your wish to join. You will be contacted as soon as possible.

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