Our Surname DNA Projects

DNA and Genealogy—molecular genealogy is a new method of research used to enhance traditional genealogical, where DNA is used in association with written records. DNA is transmitted from one generation to the next. Some parts are passed almost unchanged, creating a strong link between generations, and can be of great help in reconstructing personal family histories. Since all have inherited genetic material from their ancestors, even very distantly related individuals share portions of this information. Likewise, the closer the relative, the greater the amount of shared genetic information. So, even though the entire DNA sequence of an individual is unique to that individual, similar genetic information can be found among those that descend from common ancestors. The objective is to establish family links among individuals, families, tribes and populations by using the information encoded in DNA. (source, Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation)
For More information about DNA projects,
DNA 101 (Genetics and DNA simplified)

or to look for your surname, go to:
- DNA Heritage -
- Family Tree DNA -
- Relative Genetics -
- Hadley Worldwide DNA Project -
- Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation -


 DNA Surname Project for FARRIS / FERRIS / etc.
DNA Heritage

QUESTIONS ??   Please let me know if you have any questions about this DNA project, but please remember that I am the coordinator of this project and I am not a DNA expert.   So, before you ask me about any details of DNA testing, please review the <<<   www.dnaheritage.com >>> WEB Site referenced above since it does a much better job covering the technical details of DNA than I will ever be able to do.

                John A. Farris, DNA Surname Project Coordinator for FARRIS/FERRIS/etc.                     Albuquerque, NM

Note:  These seven participants represent five branches where the oldest known ancestor has been identified as follows:

                1.    Cowan Farriss, b. est. 1845-1855 in MO ??, m. Mollie, d. TX  (1)
                2.    George M. Faris/Farris, b. 1769 VA, & m. 24 Dec 1797 Susannah Sneed in VA & d. 1858 in Moniteau Cnty., MO.  (1)
                3.    Ian Esom Farris, b. 1640 in Rutherglen, Scotland & m. Emily Jane Cameron in 1663 & d. NC. (1)
                4.    Thompson Farris, b. 1809 in either KY or IN with many of the family now in IL.  (1)
                5.    William Farris, b. ca 1746 in Ulster, Ireland & m. ??? & d. ca 1841 in what is now Texas Cnty., MO.  (3)  This is the    same William Farris where I have been posting the research notes of Dorothy Farris Regnery on our RootsWeb Farris Surname Site.


Combs-Coombs &c., International DNA Study

We are in the data gathering phase of a DNA Study and need COMBS-COOMBS &c. researchers to provide basic family history info to get started! We are conducting a study like this to help us validate research, break through roadblocks and build our lineages in the absence of documentation to further our knowledge of our past! Please learn about how you can provide your family history data to be a part of this study by going to our interim web page. There will be a new web page with more details soon!                                         Our DNA project was finally launched!  http://www.combs-families.org/combs/dna/index.html


The Watts/Watson/Watt DNA Project
Family Tree DNA
Contact:  Duane Watts <dwatts@jps.net>
Watts Family DNA Project

Project Background:
Y-chromosome testing of Watt/Watts/Watson males in attempt to discover biological links
where the paper trail of relatedness has been lost.

Project Goals:
Enable researchers to discover biologically related families and thereby narrow the focus
of their research and [we live and hope] actually reconstruct long-lost family ties.

John Watts (Searcy)
William Wythe Watts
Josiah Watts (Tishmingo)
Malachi Watts
Riley Watts
Robert Watts (Somerset)

8 of 12 (4 differences)
Very distant connection; barely useful
Robert Watts(Somerset)

8 of 12

10 of 12 (2 differences)
Riley Watts

10 of 12
JohnWatts/Mahala Long

Reynolds DNA Project
Family Tree DNA
Reynolds Family DNA Project


 At Family Tree DNA

   The Arthur DNA Project is for all who wish to work together to find their common heritage
through DNA testing and sharing of information. All variant spellings are welcome. If your Surname
spelling is missing, we'll be glad to add it. Please visit our website and add your family to the Patriarch Page.

 Surnames in Project:
Arter, Arters, Arther, Arthur, Arthurs, Author, Authur, MacArthur, McArthur


 The Butler Surname Project is open for all male Butlers in the world.

The objective of the project is to use Y-DNA testing to identify the various Butler families and to bring together those members with common ancestry. Due to the loss of paper records, there are family ties that have been lost in history; and with this technology some of these can be reestablished.


Description:  The Duke family project is for individuals with the surname Duke, Dukes, Dux, Le Duc, Dugué and    similar names. Our DNA research has identified ten genetically unrelated families under the surname Duke, as of this date. The haplogroups of those families are J2, R1B and I(possibly G). One of these families is believed to derive its name from the leDuc family who traveled to England with William the Conqueror from Rouen. That family was established in England by Roger Duke, Sheriff of London in 1190 and is recorded in Burke's from that point forward to more recent ancestors in England. Roger Duke had several cousins and/or brothers who were members of the Knights Templar. The origins of the other families are not yet known, which is part of what is making our research so fascinating. At this point, we are particularly interested in members of the Duke family in Otterton, Devonshire; Lake, Wiltshire; and Suffolk England and their descendants, as well as American members of the Duke family. Please do not join this surname list if you are not willing to share information about your earliest documented ancestor. This does not require disclosure of your name and contact information, but does involve publicly linking your DNA test results to a documented individual.
Surnames in Project: Dugue, Duke, Dukes



There were four Dudleys who showed up in New England in the 17th century;

Thomas Dudley who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 and became Governor of the Massachusetts Colony.
William Dudley who sailed from England and was a founder of Guilford, Connecticut in 1639
Francis Dudley who was an early settler of Concord, Massachusetts
John Dudley who arrived in Guilford, Connecticut in 1673 reportedly from Boston.
There is considerable question regarding the ancestry of each and no proof of familial relationship among them. This project, under the sponsorship of the William Dudley Family Association, seeks to prove whether any of these four are related.
We welcome any males surnamed Dudley who can trace their descendancy from one of
the above (or some other immigrant Dudley) to join with us in this DNA project
and help answer this question.

 Surnames in Project: Isabel, Isbell, Isbill

A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, this test is for males taking a Y-DNA test. Females do not carry their father’s Y-DNA and acquire a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his direct paternal line (father’s father’s father’s…) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA67 marker test. Females who would like to check their direct paternal line can have a male relative with this surname order a Y-DNA test. Females can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNA or the mtDNAPlus test and participate in an mtDNA project.



Persons with the surname Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone who are interested in tracing their family history. Participants must submit a pedigree chart to Project Administrator (Harold Johnson) to aid in the process of analyzing results.
  Surnames in Project:
 Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone



 KELLEY, KELLY, KELLIE, O'KELLY, and any other reasonable spelling variations are welcome to join the project. Only males have Y-chromosomes, so only male KELLEY (or varient) can participate. If you are female, you can have a male KELLEY (or varient) relative submit a sample for your line. To participate meaningfully, testees will need to share their direct male line ancestry back to the earliest known KELLEY (or varient) either in the form of a pedigree chart or, preferable, family group sheets (excluding living persons).
  Surnames in Project:

 Kelley, Kellie, Kelly, O'Kelly



Our project seeks to establish relationships among Lamberts (and related surnames) on a worldwide basis. Our objectives include determining kinship among Lamberts within the United States or Canada, and seeking connections with Lamberts in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and elsewhere for possible sites of origin prior to emigration.
  Surnames in Project:
 Lambard, Lambert, Lamberth, Lamberton, Lamberts, Lambertson, Lambeth, Lambreth, Lamburt, Lombard, Lumbert


 LANE, LAIN, LAINE, LAYNE, and any other reasonable spelling variations are welcome to join the project. Only males have Y-chromosomes, so only male LANE (or variant) can participate. If you are female, you can have a male LANE (or varient) relative submit a sample for your line. To participate meaningfully, testees will need to provide their direct male line ancestry back to the earliest known LANE (or variant) either in the form of a pedigree chart or, preferable, family group sheets (excluding living persons).
  Surnames in Project:



 Using the male Y-DNA the project intends to sort out the many Martin / Martain / Martyn / Merten families and to find their origins. All Martin researchers are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  Surnames in Project:
Martain, Martin, Martyn, Merten, Mertens

 Our goal is to identify and connect as many pre-1800 Oliver lines as possible, and to determine, whenever possible, their immigrant ancestors and their origins. 
  Surnames in Project:

 Olivea, Oliveira, Oliver, Olliver


 The Reeves Y-DNA project seeks to support Reeves researchers by using the
latest technology to help:

1) identify others who are related
2) validate existing research
3) solve brick walls in researching Reeves lines
4) prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors
This project includes all name spelling variations such as Reaves, Reeves, Reves, Rives and Ryves. Please use the link shown above to visit the Reeves DNA Project website for further information about project requirements and which type of test to order from Family Tree DNA.
  Surnames in Project:
 Reaves, Reeve, Reeves, Reves, Rives, Ryves


The Reynolds Y-DNA Study provides you with DNA-Genealogy opportunities and the potential for an exciting genetic genealogy learning experience. Achievements in using DNA testing with traditional genealogical research for constructing family groups and for providing clues for locating “lost” cousins, has been highly successful for many.
From the beginning of the Reynolds Study in 2003, the purpose has been to build a Reynolds community, which will enable Reynolds family history buffs to become acquainted with other Reynolds researchers. The only requirements for joining the project are (1) your willingness to do a DNA test; (2) have a fondness for traditional genealogical research; (3) a desire to help yourself  and others to connect to your/their rightful Reynolds family, and to pay the cost for doing a simple cheek brushing.
It is very important that you ask yourself what you expect to learn from DNA testing. Wanting to *know more about your Reynolds family* is a good start, but it is too general in its context. For DNA-Genealogy, it is better to be more specific. For instance, to determine if a particular Reynolds ancestor (Samuel) could be related to another Reynolds ancestor (William) or if your Reynolds family of South Carolina is related to those Reynolds who lived in lower Tennessee, is a better hypothesis to prove. There is no guarantee that you will get the answer(s) you want, but it is likely that you will find clues that can direct your ongoing genealogical research. To begin your DNA-Genealogy testing journey, we recommend the Y25 marker test, although most DNA testing companies offer a twelve marker test. A twelve marker test is sufficient for the study of humankind (anthropology) in general, but additional Y-DNA markers are a must for you to know for sure if you are related genetically to another Reynolds male or to a unique Reynolds family group.
Surnames in Project:
 a. Reynolds, b. Reynold, c. Reynells, d. Rennels, e. Runnells, f. Renauld, g. Renouls, Rennard, Reynolds


 The Schwartz Family Project is open to all who are interested in working together to find their common heritage through sharing of information and dna testing. All variant spellings are welcome. If your Surname is missing and should be included, we'll be glad to add it. Please visit our website and add your family to the Patriarch Page.
  Surnames in Project:
Schwarkopf, Schwarting, Schwarts, Schwartz, Schwartzapfel, Schwartzbach, Schwartzberg, Schwartze, Schwartzenbur, Schwartzkopf, Schwartzman, Schwartzwald, Schwarz, Swart, Swarts, Swartwood, Swartwout, Swartz, Swartzlander, Swartzwelder



Once a person is allowed to join the project, they receive the discounted prices. The goals of the project are:  To connect people who do not know they are related to one another. And, prove, without a doubt, relationships. Are all families in the parish with the same surname related to one another?




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