Updated 27 May, 2013
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
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
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.