During the past few weeks we have had 12 new participants join DIDP. The time from first registering with Family Tree DNA through to receiving results is several weeks - FTDNA have to send out a kit, the individual has to take the DNA sample and return it to FTDNA, who then send it to the laboratory for processing, the laboratory returns the results and FTDNA enters them on their database at which point they become available to the testee and to myself as the project coordinator. Not until then can we see whether there are any matches with other project participants.
This latest batch of registrations started back in August and the first results are just beginning to come through - the first two have now been posted. We expect the remainder to be posted during the next 6 to 8 weeks. Hopefully we will have them all by the end of the year. It is always exciting when new results are posted - one of the two just just posted is a member of genetic family D, the other is a singleton. As we get each result, I will contact the new participant to inform them of how they fit in to our overall project. Then, early in 2009, we will be publishing Issue 3 of the DIDP Progress Report, prepared for us by our DNA Consultant, Chris Pomery. This will provide a comprehensive analysis of the test results of all participants to date, numbering 125 or more.
In the meantime, we will keep you updated through the monthly "Daltons in History" web newsletter at www.daltongensoc.com
. If you have any questions, or if you would like to join the project, please contact me through this forum or by email to email@example.com
. I will look forward to hearing from you.
Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman of the Dalton Genealogical Society
& Coordinator of the Dalton International DNA Project