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The Fitzgerald Surname Project was established in March 2005. The focus of this project is on the use of the Y-chromosome portion of the DNA for the benefit of genealogical research.

Why DNA?

DNA as a means of genealogical research just makes sense. This relatively new science is intended to complement your traditional research – not replace it. DNA testing has become a very accurate tool for helping researchers to:

  • Eliminate and/or confirm the relationship of individuals or lines.
  • Validate questionable portions of your research.
  • It can help extend your knowledge of your family lineage further back in time.
  • Confirm variant surnames as part of the same family.
  • Focus on related families thus eliminating research on unrelated lines.
  • It can save you money.

    • If the information saves you one trip out of town, it has paid for itself.
    • Knowing where NOT to research can save you time and money.
    • Compared to the costs of travel, lodging, meals, copying and other expenses associated with traditional research, a DNA test is a small but potentially invaluable resource.
  • DNA isn't subject to the errors so often encountered in traditional research -- it is a permanent record of your ancestors they have bequeathed to you, and no one can change or falsify it.
  • The additional proof offered by DNA can provide a level of confidence in your family history research that was previously unavailable.

Goals

Our primary goal is to further the genealogical research of all Fitzgerald descendants, regardless of which line of descent. Furthermore it is our intent to:

  • establish the Y-chromosome Ancestral Haplotypes for the Fitzgerald line(s).
  • match individuals and families who share a common male Fitzgerald ancestor.
  • chart the Y-Chromosome of each DNA sample submitted.
  • establish common ancestors among participants.
  • provide a genetic signature (Ancestral Haplotype) for as many early immigrant ancestors, as possible.

Guidelines

In order to assist in the genealogical research of current and future Fitzgerald descendants it is important that we establish some basic guideline and objectives.

First, we need participants. It is important to establish the DNA signatures of as many Fitzgerald descendants as possible – as their DNA signatures are compared and used to determine the signature of their common ancestor. The signatures of those ancestors are used in the same manner to determine signatures of even earlier ancestors as we work our way back up the family tree.
We need all tests expanded to at least 25 markers and preferably to 37 markers. Expanding to 25 or 37 markers will greatly increase the usefulness of the tests.
   

How can I help?

If you know a Fitzgerald male, contact him and encourage him to join the Project (or give his contact information to the Project Administrator).
Look at the Patriarchs page to see where additional tests are needed and then see if you can locate living Fitzgerald males from that line and encourage them to join the Project.
Locate and recruit Fitzgerald men from other countries.
Those who are financially able are encouraged to contribute to the Fitzgerald General Fund to help pay for testing of individuals who are unable to participate due to financial hardships.

   
*(Anyone descended from a Fitzgerald family can join the Project.)
 
For more information please contact:
Linda Magellan
Terry Barton
Note: Acknowledgement for information contained on these pages goes to World Families, Family Tree DNA, Oxford Ancestry, DNAPrint, Trace Genetics, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and the Cloud DNA Project.
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Note: Acknowledgement for information contained on these pages goes to World Families, Family Tree DNA, Oxford Ancestry, DNAPrint, Trace Genetics, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and the Cloud DNA Project.
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