The MARTIN DNA Project - http://www.geocities.com/henrymartin_dna/index.htm - is a DNA study for all MARTIN descendants. Our goal is to identify as many Martin lines as we can and find as many descendants as possible from common ancestors. My main interest is in Martin's from Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma, US, or descendants of those Martin's, but any Martin researchers are welcome and encouraged to participate! See our web site or write to me for more information. Thanks! -Kay <email@example.com>
The Black Dutch page is no longer on line. I wish you the best of luck in your search for the meaning of this term in your family! There IS a new study for the Black Dutch however! Check out Don's post below (reprinted with permission):
As a Native American, I have been reading the latest spate of messages on DNA tests with great interest. I am currently constructing a DNA study with Dr. Elizabeth Hirschman (author of Melungeons: The Last Lost Tribe in America) to determine the extent of intermarriage between southeastern tribes and Sephardic Jews (often called Black Dutch or Melungeon). Your messages make it clear that it will be a difficult subject to study.
We have already found that at least one surname tests out as Native American by the Y-chromosome test (Sizemore). Not a single test subject taking the mitochondrial DNA or maternal test in Family Tree DNA's database has tested positive...yet. The only American Indian haplotypes they have in the database are Sizemores and "real" jungle-reservation-Eskimo-type Indians from Michael Hammer and other researchers' anthropological field work.
The theory I would like to prove or disprove is that
Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and other southeastern tribes gave chiefs'
daughters as wives to Sephardic Jewish traders, and their children, the first
mixed-breeds, largely accounted for tribal leadership and survival. Oral
tradition and genealogy supports this thesis in the case of such families as the
Colberts (Chickasaw), Coopers (Choctaw-Cherokee) and McDonalds (Cherokee and
Creek), among others. I am thus most interested in human subjects who have a
chiefs' lineage combined with Judaism. The test will be free.
I would like to hear the list's ideas for constructing a genetics research protocol to test this theory. Feel free to copy and paste and distribute this request.
Thank you very much.
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Georgia Southern University
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Statesboro, GA 30460
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