Harper Surname DNA Project

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Member Count: 143
Surnames
Harper, Harperson, Harpor, Harpour, Harpur
Description
This is a project to determine the Y chromosome DNA pattern of male Harpers, and variants of the name, and if and how they may be related. This DNA information can often confirm a link that has been proposed from other sources, but could not be proved. If only one or two of the values for the 25 markers differ, one can calculate a most recent commom ancestor (MRCA), and an approximation of the number of generations back. When a match occurs, this provides a pointer to focus the paper trail.
Background
We are interested in tracing Harpers who left Ireland and Scotland over the past 400 years for Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand to determine how many different lines there may be and how many families with paper trails that state only they came from Ireland or Scotland may in fact trace back to a most recent common ancestor. For this we need to get samples from as many male Harpers (or variant spellings such as Harpur, Harpor, etc.) to agree to be tested. The tests are non-invasive and do not identify an individual as only the Y chromosome (father to son transmittal) is tested. The cost can be made reasonable if several family members chip in.
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