Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Palatine DNA Project Update

Good morning, Palatine Project Members.

If you have subscribed to Family Tree DNA’s free newsletter, “Facts & Genes,” you should have received the latest issue. If you did not, please let me know so I can forward it to you. There is a great deal of important information, including a limited-time sale on the Deep Clade and Deep Clade Extended tests.

The World Families site has been updated, except that I have a backlog of pedigrees to add. Some of you have not yet submitted your pedigree, so this would be a great time to do it. Just check the desired format on the Patriarchs page at www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/palatine and submit it using the Pedigree tab at the top of the page, or email it to me.

If you have wondered why there are blanks in the first column of the Results Table at www.ftdna.com/public/PalatineDNAProject, it is because some of you have not updated your Preferences page, i.e., you have not added your earliest known ancestor. Whatever you place in that field is what shows up on the Results chart. I try to place just your surname in that block if you have not filled it in, but that is not meaningful. If you have traced your line to a 1710 immigrant, please be sure to identify him as such. A Hunter List number is the best shortcut identifier, but name and date will do. Over the next year, we will be analyzing project results in an effort to draw some conclusions as to general relatedness and origins of our ancestors. It is essential that we have the benefit of your own genealogical work to do that effectively.

Please be sure to use the project ID that you can find in the Message field at the top left of your personal page.

Some of you have chosen to see matches only for your surname. I strongly recommend that you reconsider this. As we all know in genealogy, the spelling of names changes over time and you may be missing some important connections. This option is presented on your Preferences page, and you can change it if you wish. A better choice, if you are seeing too many matches at the 12-marker level, is to uncheck that item to prevent having huge numbers of matches to unrelated persons.

I hope to see many of you in New York next June for the 300th anniversary of the 1710 Palatine migration to New York. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fishkill, NY June 18-19. The program for June 18 will include a choice of:

- A tour of historic Palatine Sites
- A single track of presentations on Germany genealogy

and a banquet and presentation by Philip Otterness. (On a personal note, if you have not read his book, Becoming German, the 1709 Palatine Migration to New York, pub. Cornell University Press, 2004, I highly recommend it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a great deal about our ancestors.)

On Saturday, June 19, there will be a double track of presentations by Philip Otterness, Richard Haberstroh, Mel Wolfgang, Leslie Huber, Joseph Lieby and yours truly on behalf of the Palatine DNA Project.

Since this event is sponsored by the New York Chapter and will be the centerpiece of the 2010 National Conference of Palatines to America, you may want to visit their website and join: www.palam.org. I don’t know if nonmembers will be allowed to participate.

You may recall that there will be another event in October 2010 in Germantown, NY, site of East Kamp where many 1710ers settled. (It is just across the river from West Kamp where the rest settled.) I do not have details on that, but I believe it is being treated as an historic event and no membership requirement should exist. Henry Z. Jones will be the featured speaker.

I hope you will read “Facts & Genes” and let me know if you have questions that I can help to answer. This latest edition appears on my blog, along with this project update: http://genealogyanddna.blogspot.com/.

Questions are always welcome.

Best regards,
Doris Wheeler, Project administrator