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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 is started to:

1. Help researchers on common or related families work together to find their common heritage (See the Patriarch Page)

2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families and compile them and their lost branches into distinct genetic lineages through DNA matches

The Holly/Holley project was initially motivated by interest in the descendants of John Holly, 1618-1681, born in England and one of the original founders of Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. However, the project is open to all Holly/Holley surname males.

For more information about the Stamford Holly's go to John Holly Family.

This project was started Jan. 2006. See more information about the Holly DNA project here.

Over time as more participants join, we will gain information about clusters and lines of Holly's in the US, and perhaps in other countries. We have already seen crossover into the Hawley surname project, and any members of that project are welcome to also belong to this project.

A free 37 marker Y-Chromosome test is available for a Holly with a documented line to the Holly's who lived at Hunting Ridge, Stamford, CT, in the 1800's or a documented descendant of Elisha Holly, Jr. of Stamford, CT. If qualified, please contact the project administrator.

Useful Links

World Families Network Forums
Holly Family Forum Anyone can register to post messages, you don't have to be a member of the DNA project.
Pedigree Forum Anyone can register to post a pedigree, you don't have to be a member of the DNA project.
World Families Network General Discussion

Click here to order a DNA test now

For basic information, visit World Families Network and check out the "Getting Started" block

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