Dear Trail/Traill (etc.)
We now have our first
active participant in the Traill Surname Y-DNA Project at Family Tree
DNA, so it's time for all those who would like to join the project to
order their test kits. Please see the web page at
order your kit, or for more information. Prices for the appropriate
test kits range from $99 USD to $219 USD, depending upon how many
markers you want to match. It's a completely painless test utilising a
swab of the inner cheek for cells to be tested. You may order with a
credit card, so there's no need to worry about currency conversions.
Quoting from Family Tree
Since a Surname
Project in essence traces members of a family that share a common
surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b)
acquire a new surname by the way of marriage; in order to be relevant to
the Surname Project, the tested individual
must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's
father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the
Y-DNA12, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA37, and females should look for a brother or
cousin with that surname to be tested. Females can also order a test for
themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of
this test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.
Since it takes several
participants to begin to establish meaningful data, I hope all men with
the Trail/l surname will participate! Ladies, and gents who have Traill
heritage through your mothers, track down a male relative with the
surname! Please pass the word to other Traills you may know, as well.
As you may know, the
Traill surname can be traced to the county of Fife, in Scotland, and has
also been prevalent in Aberdeenshire, Orkney, and the Lothians, and
scattered through other parts of Scotland. Worldwide, there are
significant occurrences of the surname in Australia, Canada, the
Caribbean islands, New Zealand, and the United States. With enough
participants, the Y-DNA project will enable us to trace lines of descent
and migration patterns of the Traill surname. The results should be
fascinating! We hope to prove the line of descent of David Trail, Snr,
of Maryland, the progenitor of many U.S. Trails, as well.
It would be appreciated
if all those who choose to participate would email to me whatever
details of their genealogical background they may know. This will
enable us to coordinate the results of DNA testing with names, dates,
etc., to establish common ancestries amongst the members of the project.
Please contact me if you
have any questions about the project. Many of the questions you may
have about genealogical DNA testing may be answered at
http://www.familytreedna.com/faq.html, and that's the best source of
information on the details of the testing procedure.