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Yarbrough DNA Project Progress:

5 February 2010

Tested Participants: 50 males with FTDNA, plus 3 DNAHeritage, plus 2 Ancestry Com = 55

Plus 7 mtDNA test participants who have female Yarbrough's in their ancestry


The Patriarch page and the Y-Results page are organized into 8 Family Groups, each with less than 3 genetic distance markers. The first group of 2 England members is not numbered and includes Peter Yerburgh and a descendant of a Lincolnshire man who immigrated to the USA in 1914.


The Patriarch page has lineage categories of: participants pending laboratory results, those tested, and those who have not tested but have provided their Yarbrough ancestry.


While a match between two participants may indicate that they share a common male ancestor, it will not identify the specific ancestor and there is no guarantee that every participant will match another participant.




A discussion about the Yarbrough DNA Project

Please post your input as comments or questions for this page on the FORUM page


1. Project Goals

2. Acknowledgements

3. Items of interest
4. Disclaimer


Our goal is to recruit and identify DNA test participants and match them with an established family group who share a common paternal ancestor, and provide an estimate of the number of generations back to when this ancestor lived.

2. Acknowledgements:


We are grateful to World Families Network for providing this free website for the use of our participants and Yarbrough researchers in general.


Many of us are indebted to the Yarbrough Archivists for their generous assistance in researching our family heritage. I ask them to confim the lineages sent to us for the Patriarch page.


We want to thank the Yarbrough National Genealogical and Historical Association Board of Officers, administrator, and members for their support to the Project.


My thanks to Reverend Peter Yerburgh, England, for his research, assistance, and participation.


Finaly, our thanks to the volunteer donor(s) who have helped the Project through sponsoring some participants’ tests and for providing the funding to extend some tests to 67-markers.




 Lineages are grouped on our Patriarch page into a numbered Family Group who have three or less genetic marker differences from each other; this means a strong probability of a common paternal ancestor within 12 generations or 250 years; a generation is  counted as 25 years. . Each group contains knowledge about relationships among individuals which reaches beyond what we knew from "traditional paper-trail” genealogy. Along the way, we have matched some families together.

We have discovered that some families, who lived in the same locations and appeared to migrate together, were not necessarily related to each other. In other instances, we have made genetic connections between families that did not have a paper-trail connection through traditional genealogy research.

Occasionally we find a DNA test participant with another surname who matches several Yarbrough’s and has no close match with others of his own surname; the reverse is true as well.   The probable reason for these matches is a non-paternal event such as adoption, assumption of the Yarbrough surname, etc.

Other factors complicating ancestral paper-trail research were that in the 1600's through the American Revolution - England shipped paupers and orphans to the Americas who were then auctioned off for labor to pay the sending Paris for passage. Some of these immigrants probably took the name of the family that accepted them. War and its consequence of widows and orphanshad an impact. Some may have taken the name of a new husband/stepfather or adopting family which has added to confusion  During the late 1800’s, orphans and paupers in the Northeastern cities were shipped out on the infamous “Orphan Trains” to other states and taken by families as laborers.

We seek to provide an additional tool to help in overcoming brick-walls/roadblocks in genealogical research. By matching a family group, you can then focus your research on the correct family lineage and eliminate lines that are not a match to you.  Research the other surnames cited on wills, land documents, marriage bonds, and the like, to find family connections between two Yarbrough lines. We have found that men in two “unconnected” lines married sisters at the same location in Tennessee and have therefore made a connection.

We request that each participant provide a skeletal pedigree of his family that we can post to the website Patriarch page and thus share the information with other researchers who may be researching the same family. We strongly believe that the results of the project should be shared with all researchers, in order to further the genealogical research on all lineages.

You can request to join the Yarbrough DNA Project by using the link “Order Test” on the top menu bar of this page.






The Yarbrough (All spellings) Surname DNA Project organizers have no commercial affiliation with any profit making organization and receive no compensation for services or expenses involved with the project. At present, this Project website is maintained for posting DNA results and pedigrees of participants who choose to make their information available.


Although the Yarbrough (All spellings) Project has arranged for discounts at FTDNA, that by no means suggests a business partnership or other relationship between the Project and the Laboratory. All funds are payable only and directly to the Laboratory. The Yarbrough (All spellings) Project will not be the recipient nor steward of any DNA samples and has no responsibility for their care, handling or return to participant, nor duty to act on behalf of Participant in mediation of any dispute between the Participant and the Laboratory.


While a match between two participants may indicate that they share a common male ancestor, it will not identify the specific ancestor and there is no guarantee that every participant will match another participant.


By participation in the project, the participant agrees to all conditions of the Project. To:

Provide their proven lienage for the Patriarch page.

Allow their Y DNA results to be posted to the Y-Results page. It is optional to list a email address to facilitate other researchers.

Upload DNA results to the FTDNA database at Y-Search or allow the administrator to do that.


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