Lee Surname DNA Project

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Member Count: 270
Lea , Lee , Leigh

The Lee (also Lea / Leigh) DNA research project is seeking additional Lee male participants interested in using Y-DNA testing as a tool in their genealogy research on Lee lines in North America and Europe.

The Lee surname project began in 2003 with our co-admin, Robert E. Lee Jr., trying to clarify relations between two Lee families which had migrated from MD to SC around 1770. Thanks to early success through the DNA project via Family Tree's testing and a number of involved and generous Lee researchers, this site now has at least 15 different Lee lines and numerous matches have been found. The research team also shares information with other Lee DNA studies around the world in an effort to locate as many matches as possible for its members.

The surname project is open to any Lee / Leigh / Lea researchers wishing to submit a male relative for testing, and use these test results as a tool for genealogy research. The goal of this test group is to gather as many known Lee lines as possible and assist each other with traditional paper Lee research and use scientific DNA results as a tool to both identify and exclude lines for further study.

To ensure the best set of data for the collective research efforts, we now require that any interested party wishing to join the project first submit their male Lee lineage (family tree) via the form below which should include the lineage from the test participant back to the most distant known ancestor, complete with all known birth / death dates & locations and spouse information. This information will NOT be shared with the general public. We will use this information to help identify family groupings, assist with researching matches when they occur, and also display results on the project’s public www site via the most-distant ancestor.

Group Discount pricing for the project:

YDNA 12 $ 99
YDNA 25 $124
YDNA 37 $149
YDNA 67 $238

We hope you’ll join our research project as we seek to identify Lee lines from MD, VA, SC, NC, AL, MS, Ireland, England and all parts in between.

Please contact project admin, Gary Lee (gary@grlee.com)with questions.

This project began with an attempt to prove relations between descendants of brothers James and Robert Lee, sons of James (b. c. 1690-dec'd. 1764) & Mary Lee (b. c. 1695-dec'd. 1756-'64) of Frederick Co., Md., who both ended up living their later years in Spartanburg Co., S.C. James jr.'s likely son, Amos Lee, lived on 150 acres of land sold him by James and Elenoer Lee (Jim's 2nd wife) in 1803, and just over the border in what was then known as Union District, S.C.

The founder of our project, Robert e. Lee jr., descended from this line. Doug Lee, another participant in this project descended from Robert Lee. Our DNA testing revealed a very near match alluding to a relation between the two family lines. This part of the project is now complete; next effort was to track down progeny of a third brother, John Lee-of Montgomery Co., Md.-and test at least one of them. We have yet to find anyone from this line.

The Lee project has now expanded greatly to all Lees, with now over 249 participants actively researching their Lee lines and using DNA as a tool to do so.   You can see our Lee family breakdown on this chart:  Family Lines for Test Results.

We regularly share information and compare results with other Lee / Leigh testing projects around the world in an effort to ensure our participants have the broadest chance to match their Lee line, or eliminate other lines from research.

Please contact us with questions, or join us in this effort.

NOTE - We often get requests from females wishing to participate in the study. The nature of DNA testing for Genealogy using YDNA is that male lines are required for lineage test results - so for this test to be meaningful for you, we ask that any test participant be a male from a well-documented male line of Lees. Put another way, if your mother, grandmother was a Lee, and you do not have a living male from the Lee side of that line, testing here will not give you results we both need. Maternal DNA (ie: from a female Lee to next generations) is not the primary focus of our testing. You can learn more here on the Family Tree DNA site, or contact us with questions.

ALSO, we are accepting donations to help bring others into the LEE project by paying for their test kits.   If you would like to contribute, please see the link below.   

Gary Lee - Admin, Lee project

Because of our early success, a combination of genealogical research and DNA testing, it became clear that we might be able to benefit others in their Lee family research. We find that DNA testing is a terrific aid in helping to tie together lose ends.

Our goals include adding members of the "Lees of Virginia" Society to give participants a chance to prove or disprove relations to the Lees of Virginia; add Lees of England to help some with their efforts to tie in to the British Isles; and further add Lee members from around the globe to check the spread of Lee lines throughout!

We do not claim to have all the answers. In fact, only through project growth ("the more the merrier" theme) can anything of value be learned. For those interested, we whole heartily invite you to join with us and add your DNA to the pot...there are numerous Lee lines, many different families dating back to earliest of times and a few will even find they are not even truly related to the old Lee families. Remember, many names were taken rather randomly when second names were added in the 'not-so-distant past! The name "LEE" refers to "the meadows"..."of or from the meadows"...the word came from Teutonic expression-traced to a time when English was forming from old Saxon German.
31 December 2010 - new family groupings are online

13 December, 2010, we're now at 176 members and growing!

Feb 2009 - this project began in October 2003, and has now grown to almost 125 members. Through the project, we've been able to link some researchers together, with DNA testing allowing them to further explore family links with paper research. We've also dispelled many of the "I am related to the Lees of VA" comments - something our own families have believed in for years, and yet DNA testing was able to show that the probability of any blood-line match was almost 0%.

As of 13 December, 2010 we are at 176 members and growing! And we're actively linked in with other Lee, Leigh, Lea projects, helping our participants discover clues for their Lee family research.

Please click on the Y-DNA results link on the left-hand side of this page to view results.
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