From the desk of Jerry F. Adamson
If your are an Adamson Male,
then this message is to you!
Other Adamson researchers need
Some months ago, I
was contacted by Sue Adamson - Fritz about what I knew about
to establish family connections. As my knowledge on this subject
was very limited and in her
kindness she sent some references to examine, I learned that
there were some minor efforts by
other researchers in using dna to aide in genealogy research. As
I already knew my ancestry
back nine generations, I didn't get as excited as I should have.
Sue and I have spent
many hours discussing and looking for her Adamson connection. We had
come to the "brick wall" in her research but during the past
year, we had come up with a plausible
theory that could advance her ancestry by three generations. But
determining parentage back in
the 1790's is more speculation than we wanted to accept. Due to
Sue's persistence, she continued
researching the dna aspects and determined that the Family Tree
DNA site contained a project of
her interest. She again contacted me, and asked what I thought
about starting an Adamson DNA
Project on this site. As I now knew a little more about dna, and
understood her desire to advance
her research, I looked in more detail about what she and the
Family Tree DNA were proposing.
Family Tree DNA is a
leading company in providing DNA services to genealogists.
the company's Web site: "The value of
Family Tree DNA testing is our ability to help find
"Genetic Cousins ?" by comparing the results of as few as two
people. Males are able to see if
another male is a descendant from their direct paternal line.
Our 12 marker Y-DNA test has
become the world standard. Our 25-marker test yields the world's
tightest parameters to the
Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA). You may order the 12 marker
test and return to
"refine" your test at a later time without the need to re-submit
another DNA sample!
Women can determine
which Haplogroup they are part of based upon the descent
their maternal line. Reports are compared to the
Cambridge Reference Sequence, which show
your deviation from this industry standard. We
identify the lettered Haplogroup that your
mtDNA is assigned to by the scientific
community. DETERMINE relatives through two of
your eight great-grandparents using Y or mtDNA
testing. We search the non-recombining
portion of your DNA; a CHART explaining this
concept is suggested viewing. DNA testing
is a new additional genealogical tool."
I too found some new words that I did not
understand in the above paragraphs, but with a little
bit more reading I found out that the web site provided many
more details and references to
help in understanding the concept. The Y chromosome is passed
from father to son and on to
grandson, great-grandson and so on, unaltered for generations.
People who gave permission to
be listed in the Y-DNA database may match my Y chromosome
exactly or possibly closely.
Sue had proposed that she start a Project for Adamson males to
compare their Y-DNA markers.
The important word is "Compare". One person tested does not have
anything to compare to!
The test is for the Y-DNA Marker only and is not testing other
genetic features. The results do
not show personal characteristics, health information or other
genetic information. It is
important to understand that the Y-DNA markers can tell if
several people belong to the same
group, but can't point to a specific person.
So I replied to Sue positively asking "how could I
help?" It became obvious that she needed a web
page for the participants to share information between
themselves and to the others that had
interest. I also knew that I should be tested to have a lineage
that could be used to compare. So I
started the web page and I submitted a DNA sample to Family Tree
DNA. The process was
simple: I wiped the inside of my cheek with a special swab
provided by the company. I put the
swab into a small container, sealed it, filled out some
paperwork, deposited everything in an
envelope provided by the company, and mailed the envelope. The
whole process took about
five minutes and was simple and painless.
Sue announced the project in the Adamson mail
list, and the project gained the third member
immediately, even before any test results had been obtained. The
third member also had come
upon that "brick wall" and was looking for new tools to aid in
Well, the results are back, and I have posted
these "Y-DNA numbers" on the web page, so
you can see how the project evolves. As you can imagine the
project will becoming more exciting
when two, ten, or perhaps hundreds of Adamsons join the project.
This where You can help. As
a male, we need your data in the Database. Adamson females
descendants should encourage their
father, a brother, or males cousin's to participate.
The test is simple and non invasive. I hope you
too decide to join the project and increase the size
and the value of the database. Contact Sue Adamson Fritz, the
Project Administrator. Let her
know your Adamson connection and that you have interest. Her
email is: Trinity400@gmail.com.
Check out the ADAMSON DNA Project at: http://www.AdamsonAncestry.com