The ADAMSON DNA Project  

Family Tree DNA Reconstruction
Project started 4 September, 2003

50    participants to date!!  A great start but more are needed!!
We need Adamson Males whom live in England or Scotland and/or known father
come from England or Scotland.
We have many participants whom we need to find living relatives in the UK.
Only dna matches will confirm a relation.

This page updated  2/29/2016      > See new link about Dr. Bowes at end of this page.

Results: click on name


John Baldwin

William A.






New Zealand Henry

Henry William

Want to join the project - but your family branch isn't listed?  No problem.  Just contact Sue.

We have so many questions about these families that no one has been able to find the answers for.  Six of my favorite questions are:

1.  The first two known Adamson in US was John , a quaker, (m. Ann Skuse / Skuce / Skew) and John Baldwin of Maryland  - were they brothers?
Answer::  Two test result indicates that they were not related for at least 8 generations, maybe more. These two
  tests are not sufficient to be certain and at least one, preferably two more tests are needed to be absolutely certain. If you
are a descendant of John Baldwin or Greenberry, please consider taking the test

2.  My Adamson ancestor was born in North Carolina. Does that mean he was related to Simon Sr the son of John Adamson and Ann Skuse / Skuce / Skew?
Answer:  If  dna testing  confirms a match with other descendants of John and Ann, then  probably so.

2.  Was Enos Adamson the father of William A. and Simon? 
Answer: An William A. descendant test results indicate that he is related to other descendants of John Adamson who married Ann Skuse / Skuce.  Test results of a descendant  of Simon (of Kentucky and Indiana) descendant also indicates that he is related to other descendants of this John Adamson.  With the sparce information that is known, the most logical connection of these descendants would be through Enos Adamson, the Son of Simon Adamson Sr.  

3.  Were these men descended from the same Adamson in England or Scotland?
Answer:  Not enough testing has been performed to come to any definite conclusions However it would occur 30 to 40 generations or more back.

4.  Many Adamson families have not been able to find documentation linking them back to any of these Adamson men.  Are these "mystery" families related to us too?
Answer:  One of the very first to be tested was from these group of mystery families. Testing has
shown that there is a relationship, and now the researcher have a path to explore.

5.  Are the Adamson's of Pennsylvania and the Adamson's of Georgia related - or two totally separate families?
Answer:  More testing is needed to answer this question.  We need Georgia Adamson participants to  answer this question.

6. Are the Adamson's of Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and US  related a long ways back?
Only by DNA testing can this question be answered.  We need many more participants.

Science has progressed to the point that DNA will now be able to answer some of these questions.  The DNA tests will tell participants if they have an ancestor in common and a range of generations back that ancestor is on the family tree.  Example:  Let's say one of William's GGGGGrandsons and one of Simon's GGGGGrandsons each take the 12 marker test.  Their tests show that they have a common ancestor 14 generations back.  Now we know they were definitely related.  But, let's say one of William's GGGGGrandsons and one of Simon's GGGGGrandsons each take the 25 marker test.  Their tests show that they have a common ancestor 7 generations back, then we will know that William and Simon were brothers.  Won't that be an exciting day!!!

We are using Family Tree DNA ( which is a Houston, TX based company specializing in DNA testing for genealogy purposes.  I encourage you to visit their web site to learn more about DNA testing and the Family Tree Reconstruction projects.

This DNA test is a saliva test using a tool that looks like a giant cotton swab that you run around the inside of your mouth.  Click on the link to read more about the test kit:

Participants must be Adamson male descendants from an all male descendancy line.  As part of the Adamson DNA Project, participants will be charged a reduced price of $59 per participant for the 12 marker test and $109 per for the 25 marker test.    We commend the 37 Marker test at $149.  For more detailed informatiion, a  67 marker test  at $248 and 111 marker test at $339 test and other tests are also available.  If you are interested, click on this link:

What's the difference between the 12, 25, 37 and 67 marker tests?  By testing more markers, we learn more about the family, but, more importantly, we narrow down the range within that common ancestor might be.  You are encouraged to purchase the most markers kit that you can afford. Your test results can be upgraded later, but the total  cost will be more   When the budget is available, select the 37 Marker or 67 Marker test. In most cases, those who start with the 12 Marker test or 25 Marker test typically upgrade later. You can save on your cost of testing by selecting the 37 or 67 Marker test initially.

If you are interesting in participating, contact Sue (project coordinator).  If you qualify, she will send you the url to acquire a test kit and instructions mailed to you.

For Female ancestral line.

Both males and females inherit mtDNA from their mothers. Testing mtDNA provides information about the direct female line of the person, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and so forth.   mtDNA testing provides information about the origin of your direct female ancestral line. The result of the mtDNA test would tell you which of the "Daughters of Eve" was your ancestor.

There are situations where mtDNA testing can also be applied to your genealogy research. An example of utilizing mtDNA testing for genealogy would be where an ancestor had two wives, and multiple daughters, and you want to determine which daughters had which mother. In this case, you would need to find direct descent female descendents of the daughters and test them. Lets assume that Daughter 1 is documented with Mother A and Daughter 4 is documented with Mother B. You are uncertain of the mother for Daughters 2 and 3. You would find female descendents of the daughters, in the direct female line, and test 1 descendent of each of the 4 daughters. The descendents of Daughter 1 an d Daught er 4 should have different results, and depending on which of these results the descendents of Daughter 2 and 3 match, tells you whom the mother was of Daughters 2 and 3.

The mtDNA test is available in 2 versions. These tests are called:

mtDNA Plus

The test called mtDNA provides a result for the region of mtDNA called HVR1. The test called mtDNA Plus tests two regions of mtDNA, HVR1 and HVR2. (HVR stands for Hyper Variable Region).

If you want to find mtDNA matches in a genealogical time frame, select the mtDNA Plus test.

Family Finder

For Close Genealogy.  For men and women.
Autosomal DNA test.***
Matches are related within about the last 5 generations.*
Provides percentages of your ancestral make-up (Native-American, Middle Eastern (including Jewish), African, West and East European)**
Recommended for genealogists.
Includes matches with predicted relationship ranges.
Great for confirming close relationships regardless of gender.****
 ** Due to the nature of autosomal DNA, the test does not specify from which branch of your family tree your matches or the percentages of your geographic heritage derive.

*** Family Finder has a test specific policy for failed samples and retesting. Please read the policy carefully.

****Please note, Family Finder does not provide Y-DNA or mtDNA haplogroup information.

Anyone with an understanding of family history research can utilize DNA testing. It isn't necessary to have a scientific background. The few scientific terms you will encounter will be explained.

It is easy to get started. Typically, you would want to start with a test of your direct male line and your direct female line. If you are female, you would need your father or brother or other close male relative to participate for the Y DNA test to represent your direct male line.

The more participants we get, the more proof we will have to find the elusive answers to those important family tree questions. 

Some links that will help you understand DNA-

A personal message from me

Blair Genealogy Page

Mumma DNA Project Page

In March 2012 an Genetic Genealogist of Irish Ancestry,
Dr. Tyrone Bowes, created three web sites  on  HOW TO USE  your DNA that are of interest to many of us.
They are:

Click Here if You Have Irish Ancestry

Click Here if You Have Scottish Ancestry

Click Here if You Have English Ancestry


 Dr. Bowes does case studies of individuals to proximate their genetic homeland.
You will note from our Adamson DNA results that we have several branches

that are not likely genetically related.   Perhaps Dr. Bowes can provide us some
information.  I will have a case study done, and will share with you the results on this site.
I also encourage other branches to share.



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