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Project Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the HAM Surname DNA Project is to provide an opportunity for males with the HAM surname to participate in a DNA test of the Y-chromosome sequence.  Female HAM descendants are encouraged  to participate by having a male HAM descendant take the test. When we have a match of the Y-chromosome DNA sequence between two or more participants, then we have a genetic link to a common ancestor.

With good family history documentation and research, it may be possible to determine who that ancestor was.

We would like to have at least two participants from each of the major HAM lines which have been thoroughly researched and documented.

So the first goal will be to obtain reliable grouping of the samples taken.  Each group will be built by matching similar DNA sequences. The independent research should show that each "group" will have a common ancestor.

The grouping should help to determine which Early HAM Immigrant ancestors that we should be looking for. Or, at least, a location that matches the DNA test overseas.

Therefore, one of the goals here is to split the fine lines between the genetic groupings.  Perhaps this will enable us to focus future research upon the HAM lines that were more likely to have survived.

Another goal should be produced as a side effect, that being to help determine countries of origin, especially as it pertains to the surviving lines.

A similar side effect will be that this testing will enable us to determine Native American ancestors.  Just as some HAM lines presume descent from Ireland, Scotland, England, and Germany, there exist some HAM lines that believe that they are of Native American descent.  This is something that eventually, we should be able to determine. 

For example, if your ancestor was an African American slave that took on the HAM Surname after gaining freedom, three participants in that line would establish the haplotype group to which the family belongs. That haplogroup then can provide clues as to the original lines in Africa who have that haplogroup.

Later, we will be able to determine the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA), which may tell us something about our Paleo HAM ancestor that first arrived in Europe.  Our main interest here, of course is to split the fine lines of our more recent ancestors.

The Y-DNA test is restricted to males. If you are a female and would like to test for DNA, then alternate tests would be mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) and atDNA (autosomal DNA).

Some information that we hope to obtain from the DNA testing:

a) To determine which HAM (male) lines you relate to that have also tested. It helps to understand who you should be sharing information with.
b) If related to other DNA participants, to obtain an estimate of how long ago you would share a common ancestor.
An estimation of County of origin (mother country), if you do not know that information.
    (In order to determine
where your male ancestors originated from, possibly going back thousands of years.)
    If the immigration paperwork is lost or destroyed, the DNA testing may be able to locate your line overseas.
d) What other lines in other foreign countries you may be related to.

e) To determine which lines to do not relate to. This will uncover either a family mystery or poor genealogy work.

 - Dave

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