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The Family Tree - June/July 2005
Traill Surname Y-DNA Project


Dear Trail/Traill (etc.) Family Members,

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 http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_join.asp?code=F60021&special=true to 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 DNA:

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.

Best regards,


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