My first DNA kit was submitted to FTDNA.com. This is the oldest and largest genealogical lab and the one with the most JORDAN participants. A great uncle agreed to help me. He swabbed his cheeks and sent the kit to the lab. I will be forever grateful to him! One only has to swab once unless there is a problem with the kit. Once the lab receives the kit whatever tests ordered will be done. One can order one or more tests. One can order tests in any order. I ordered two tests.
The first was the Y-37 test. If you look at your pedigree chart, the Y marker test coincides with your paternal line, in other words, your father’s father’s father’s father’s… line. On most traditional pedigree charts it is the top line.
A Y37 or greater marker test is necessary to ESTABLISH your family branch. I call the kit that establishes a paternal line the ANCHOR kit. It is critically important that NO GUESSWORK as far as earliest ancestors be provided to FTDNA. Using DNA to proof our work can only be successful if folks are very careful about CONCLUSIONS. Remember many of the early genealogy works are not accurate. Our family could only go back to a specific MATTHEW JORDAN who died in 1849 in JOHNSTON COUNTY. So that is who I listed as our earliest ancestor.
The GOAL for the Y37 or greater test is to find a match with all of the same markers or at the very least only one marker different. For our kit, we did not have such a match. We had many 2 markers different matches! The first two matches were for two Mississippi JORDANs who turned out to be part of the same family. These men CLAIMED GRAY JORDAN of EDGECOMBE (think Rocky Mount) as their earliest ancestor. This was confusing to me. I did not see any kit that actually CONFIRMED the MISSISSIPPI JORDANS claim in the JORDAN SURNAME PROJECT. In other words, I didn’t see a match for our MATTHEW’s kit at 2 steps for a kit submitted by a North Carolina JORDAN descendant of Gray Jordan. IT TAKES THREE KITS TO CONFIRM A BRANCH IN A PARTICULAR FAMILY TREE.
The second test I ordered was the FAMILY FINDER test. It is very important for NC Jordan researchers to do BOTH tests. Each test works in a different way to confirm your pedigree work and help clarify relationships and resolve conflicts. The FAMILY FINDER TEST can be done of course by a male Jordan but it can also be done if you are a female Jordan. Folks who are male or female and don’t carry the Jordan surname but have a Jordan ancestor – a grandpa or grandma at any generation from 1st to 7th in your pedigree work- can also submit a family finder kit to isolate your Jordan ancestor. The FAMILY FINDER TEST casts a net back five to seven generations from the person who is tested. So the older the tester, the further back in time one can potentially work.
ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS I BEGAN THIS BLOG was to HELP FOLKS UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A FINITE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER DNA WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO RECONSTRUCT BACK TO THE LORDS PROPRIETORS ERA. In order to be successful, we need folks over 70 years of age to participate.
The more family finder kits we have submitted the better we will be able to connect folks to their proper ancestors and help us understand who lived where when in NC.
There are other DNA tests such as the mitochondrial test – this is looking at the mother’s mother’s mother’s … portion of your pedigree. It is one of the most expensive tests and I believe at this time it makes more sense to find males to establish paternal branches through Ymarker tests and both males and females, especially family over the age of 70 to participate and order family finder tests through FamilyTreeDna.com.
These are the two DNA tests I am using in the NC 1700s JORDANS PROJECT. If you have done a kit through a different lab. I ask that you please transport your raw data (FAMILY FINDER) or results (Y marker) to Familytreedna.com. My goal is to create a DNA cluster for COLONIAL CAROLINA. I am hoping by creating this blog I can help folks understand where I am with the research, find researchers who want to join the effort, and help folks see where we have holes, aka missing branches or Jordans.
I began four years ago identifying missing branches of Jordans. We need these missing branches to participate. The first step is ordering a DNA kit through familytreedna.com.