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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists. These tests help genealogists verify their paternal ancestry (father's father) in a quick and easy way. It saves time, prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can be obtained in no other way.
This Family Project was started to:
- 1. Help researchers on common or related families work together to find their common heritage. We have included the following names in the Howard Family DNA Project because in some instances we have seen names listed with one or more spellngs in one or more documents or sources: Howard, Haward, Hayward, Heyward and Heard. Please let us know if you have seen further spellings associated with Howard. (See the Patriarch Page)
- 2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families, especially immigrant ancestors, and compile them and their lost branches into distinct genetic lineages through DNA matches. Most of our participants have chosen to begin with the 37 marker test and move up to further testing when there is a match. The more markers tested, the better chance for a good match.
Since we started the project, we found there were far more Howard families than we originally assumed. Out of approximately forty tests made by 2006, we had tentatively identified the following through research as listed on our Patriarch Page:
1. John Hayward (Howard), York Co., VA
2. Mathew Howard, Nansemund Co., VA/Howard Co., MD
3. Edmund Howard & Margaret Dent, Somerset Co., MD
4. Joshua Howard, Baltimore Co., MD
5. Obediah Howard/Seth Howard, Orange Co./?, NC
We also had three family connections where the common ancestor was unknown. The other tests had no matches at that time.
- By the end of 2014 there have been nearly 300 ydna tests added to the Howard FTDNA Project :
Edmund Howard, MD
Edward Howard, MA
Isaac Howard, ENG
James Howard, GA
John Howard, York VA
Joshua Howard, MD?
Mathew Howard, VA?MD
Wlliam Howard, MD
9 Unknown Groups
and many Ungrouped.
- We will be working on these. Patriarch Pages and Forum posts will help us all.
One of the Mathematicians in our group put together a chart based solely on the numbers, in one haplogroup. It covers a little over a third of the Howard names in our group.