DNA Surname Project

10:44PM UTC - Monday, 22 October 2007

Contributed by: Mr David T Bunton

The Bunting-Bunton DNA Project was begun in 2006 by Bunting Society member, David Travillion Bunton, who volunteered as administrator for the project conducted through www.familytreedna.com. The Bunting surname is now represented among over 4,000 other surnames with projects hosted through the genetic genealogy company known as Family Tree DNA. Participants from the UK, US, and around the world have participated in DNA testing through the Houston, Texas based company. Since its inception, in April of 2000, Family Tree DNA has been associated with the Arizona Research Labs, led by Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world's leading authorities in the field of Genetics.

 Having other renowned scientists on its advisory board, Family Tree DNA is the world leader and only organization in the field of Genetic Genealogy that has been constantly developing the science that enables many genealogists around the world to advance their families research. The Family Tree DNA database is currently the largest in the world. Studies are currently on-going concerning DNA for the Mongol leader, Genghis Khan, the fifth century Irish chieftain known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages", as well as connections to US Presidents, such as Thomas Jefferson.

The objective of the Bunting-Bunton DNA project is to identify relationships and lineages for the Bunting surname, including variants such as Bunton, Buntin, Bunten, etc. Traditional documentation and research has focused on the Bunting family in Derbyshire, England as well as several regions of the USA and other countries, where variant surnames such as Bunton can be shown to be related to the Bunting surname. The project welcomes participants worldwide, in addition to stated focus areas of the UK and USA. DNA tests for the various marker tests are offered, but tests for 37 markers or greater are highly recommended. At the time of application to the study, each testee should send for the attention of die group administrator a basic paternal lineage from himself to his earliest proven Bunting ancestor. A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, the testing is for males taking a Y-DNA test. Females do not carry their father's Y-DNA and acquire a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male who wants to check his direct paternal line (father's father's father's...) with a Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA67 marker test. Females who would like to check their direct paternal line can have a male relative with this surname order a Y-DNA test.
Females can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNA or the mtDNAPlus test and participate in an mtDNA project.
The actual testing process is simple. The Family Tree DNA test kit consists of two cheek scrapers and two collection tubes -designed for a single person's use. Each tube contains a fluid designed to arrest bacteria growth, so you can scrape your cheek and return your kit in any type of weather (hot or cold), and the sample remains intact for several months. DNA testing should be used as a genealogical tool which may complement traditional research and documentation methods. Analysis and interpretation of DNA results requires multiple testees for comparison of results. A review of traditional documentation representing lineages is also encouraged to complement accurate
reporting of "earliest known Bunting ancestor". Currently four Bunting/Bunton males have tested for the project, with more testees for the project being sought to represent both proven lineages as well as those Bunting lines which require additional documentation. The project is currently seeking male Buntings with Derbyshire Bunting ancestry, but all geographical areas and lineages are encouraged to participate. Bunting Society members may make inquiries direct to the project administrator, David Travillion Bunton or may investigate DNA and the process in detail at www.familytreedna.com. The Bunting-Bunton Surname Project may be located by following the "Surname Projects" links on the site, where DNA kit orders (37 marker or higher recommended) may be completed.

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