Below is an open letter from my good friend Stan St. Clair regarding the Sinclair/St. Clair Y-DNA project. I am a participant and have my results. Please consider participating. This project can become a very powerful tool, not to mention the fun of it all, only if many people participate. I did so with some interesting results. I've since participated in another data base, doing searches according to my "markers" and not only by my surname. Read Stan's comments and clink on the links to learn more!
Mel Sinclair, Commissioner, Clan Sinclair, North and South Carolina
As a Commissioner for Clan Sinclair Association, U. S. A. over the past few years, and a very active member of the Sinclair Discussion List and the Genealogy Forum, I have met many interesting individuals living in all parts of the globe who are genuinely searching for answers to our family history. I am especially grateful for my association with Mel. He and I have worked closely together and share a valued friendship.
Another valuable and prized friendship has come in knowing and working
with Steve St. Clair of New Jersey. The Sinclair/ St. Clair family is
an old, proud and noble clan with a remarkable history. DNA testing
has made it possible to show ties to common ancestry even many generations
back. Y DNA, which is passed down from father to son, is now being used in
surname studies to link those with common ancestry together genetically.
When Steve and I first started our discussion of getting our own testing
done, we were only searching for personal answers to our common ancestry.
After doing the tests, we realized that little had been done on a broad
scope to link Sinclairs worldwide to our common past. We saw this as a much
needed avenue to explore We are now making new history by offering tests to
male Sinclairs/ St. Clairs at reduced rates through our association with
World Families and Family Tree Genealogy, the largest organization of its
type in the world.
We recommend the 37 marker test in order to get the best picture of your true DNA signature. At a minimum, 25 markers are crucial, and required for participation in the study. Over the years the markers passed down undergo minor mutations, or changes, while keeping a general similarity in its haplotype. Some markers are subject to change earlier than others. Having a certain marker changed can show ties to family in a certain area, who usually has had a similar mutation. By doing this test, you can also show ties to other lines which can give a clearer picture of your true origins.
I appreciate Mel for allowing me to place these links on his site in order to direct other Sinclairs to our project. You may view our research, and join in our project at our American site at http://www.stclairresearch.com , or our British site at http://www.sinclairresearch.co.uk
Your information is secure and confidential (See site for details). This research project is strictly non-profit, and if you wish, you may be anonymous.
Stan St. Clair, Co-Founder, St. Clair Research
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