To qualify to take the DNA test,
you need to be a male (or find a male) with the HAM surname.
The Y-Chromosome genetic sequence of males in your immediate
family will be identical (except for rare mutations). If you
are female HAM descendant, encourage your male HAM relations
(father, brother, cousins, uncles, etc). I am looking
for two participants from each branch of the family to allow
for unrecorded adoptions, etc. and also to verify and confirm
each other's test results.
If you are interested in participating in the project, I
have set up a HAM Surname Group account with the Family Tree DNA Company (FTDNA). Their website can answer a lot of
questions you may have about using genetics along with genealogy
research. You can order your DNA test on line by going to the HAM_Family
DNA_Project page and clicking on "Join Request" (from your
home page, on the side under "Group Projects"), or simply click here (and search for "Ham". The person taking the test will
receive a kit consisting of instructions, a cheek scraper, two
collection tubes, and a return envelope. Two tests are requested,
and each takes about one minute each to perform. For more
information about the test procedure, see the Family
Tree Learning Center.
For non-English speaking European customers, go to
branch of FTDNA ( IGENIA
) and ask to join the HAM DNA Project.
When the DNA test is sent back, I would also like to
receive information from you about your earliest known
(documented) HAM ancestor along with these items (if known):
1) Earliest HAM ancestor 2) his wife and children 3) dates and places of birth, death, and marriages
Family Tree DNA will send your samples to the University of
Arizona, where it will be analyzed for the Y-chromosome
genetic sequence of your DNA. The results will take about 8 weeks
from the time that you return your DNA test. Your test kit will
come with a number that has been assigned to your results. This
number allows only you to view the results on the Family Tree DNA
website. We will display the results for all participants on this
website for comparison purposes, using the participants kit
number, rather than name.
We will not use your name, or the name of any living person
in your line without your permission.