Eight years ago I began a journey. I was asked by family to help with our JORDAN family history. We are Carolina proud with long deep roots in the Coastal Plains of the Old North State. When the records desolved into fragments I used classic genealogy tools and methods. I expanded my focus to include neighboring JORDANS. Perhaps these neighbor’s lines would allow me to double back and find answers regarding our MATTHEW JORDAN (pronounced JER-DON) who died in Johnston County, NC in 1849.
Two years lapsed and I was no closer to discovering Matthew’s parents, when or where Matthew was born, or his relationship with a single neighboring Jordan family, so I turned to DNA. I submitted our eldest living male Jordan’s DNA to FTDNA.com and ordered the Y37 marker test. The results were disappointing. I discovered our Jordan family was only the second North Carolina Jordans to establish their branch in the FTDNA.com database. As I closely examined our results and compared it with the mountain of classic genealogy work I did I realized the single reason my results were disappointing was because so many others were missing! Think of your branch as a puzzle piece to a giant puzzle for your family tree. You make the effort to get your piece in the puzzle building effort BUT the pieces belonging to the pieces you connect to are missing.
My background is research. The solution was simple. I realized the only way for me to resolve matters and get our family history work on good footing and help others who had submitted DNA in the hopes of advancing their own family history work was to seek out men who could establish the missing branches of early NC Jordans. So was born my independent NC1700sJordans DNA Project. While my efforts work in concert with FTDNA’s global JORDAN SURNAME PROJECT, my project is more tailored. There are two specific parameters.
First NC1700sJordans is geographically specific. I am not interested in the JORDANS who track back to a ROBERT JORDAN of MAINE. Only the JORDANS who called Carolina home.
So if your family lives in NC now and you believe you track back to Jamestown or somewhere in early VA or Maryland or you live outside of NC and you can track your particular Jordan family back to North Carolina, I am researching your branch. And I need you to establish your branch by submitting a Y37 kit through FamilyTreeDNA.com. Many of the earliest JORDANs had family in both Virginia and North Carolina. It is critically important for the earliest JORDANS of Virgina, Maryland, South Carolina and NC to all establish their branches. By so doing NC1700sJordans will be able to properly connect branches to the right tree. And relationships between neighboring JORDANS will be clear.
Second there is a specific chronological time frame I am isolating. I am DNA mapping JORDANS whose families were in the American Colonies in or before the 1700s AND their branches had a North Carolina connection in or before the 1700s.
** Remember North Carolina included part of VA, SC, GA, and all of TN during the 1700s. If you go back to the early 1700s, the boundaries get even more blurry along the Virginia boundary. The rivers traversed across state lines and because settlements occured along the rivers’ banks, it is important to not let a now defined state line inhibit or hinder family history work and properly establishing all of the branches for unique Jordan family trees. The boundaries for neighboring states were not firm until the late 1800s per the Federal Census Bureau.
Many published genealogies done before DNA was possible were flawed. Anyone working today can easily trot down the wrong path by working from the flawed genealogies. It is critically important for all researchers to use the best tools available and gather the largest amount of information in order to develop correct conclusions. DNA is part of every genealogist’s toolkit. What is wonderful for researchers today is we have the ability to do the work ourselves. We don’t have to hire a professional, though one can if they want. FamilyTreeDNA.com has built in DNA tools to help one accomplish their best results. But the lab only provides the framework. It is akin to a library or a Clerk’s office. The true information is not in the walls of the repositories but in the records contained within. When it comes to DNA, you can’t harvest if you have not planted/established your own family’s branch. My project will identify missing branches and work to get those missing branches established.
My hope and plan is to create a reference repository (a DNA cluster) with enough information to clearly allow folks who track back to Carolina in or before the 1700s to accomplish their best family history work.
Some academics might label my effort a STUDY RESEARCH PROJECT because it is not the sort of work that can be isolated in controlled environment. My project depends and will be measured by the degree of cooperation and participation achieved.
It is so important for JORDANS to understand even if a pedigree has been accepted by your family for decades, even centuries in some cases, it is still important that your branch be included in the FAMILYTREEDNA.com database.
It is my hope to partner with any and all JORDAN surname researchers who have a Carolina connection.