Proctor DNA Project
|Proctor DNA Project|
|Additional Project Information|
|DNA type(s) used||Y-DNA and atDNA|
|Surname variations||Procter, Prochter|
|Blog||Your Genetic Genealogist|
The Proctor Surname DNA Project was established to create a database of DNA profiles of male Proctor descendants to aid in genealogical research. DNA analysis can assist in supporting or refuting the premise that two or more participants descend from a common ancestor. By using a simple DNA test we hope to determine possible relationships between the various Proctor lines around the world. All variant spellings are welcome, including Procter, Prochtor and Prochter.
We hope to achieve the following goals:
- To determine possible relationships between the known Proctor/Procter lines in the United States, and try to discover how or if they are connected to Proctors in England or other regions of the world.
- To determine possible relationships between other Proctor/Procter lines of British descent (including those in the British Isles and other countries).
- To determine if Proctor/Procter lines of African American heritage share descent with the Proctor/Procter lines of British descent.
- To assist Proctors/Procters not sure of their lineage and to determine which of these broad groups they might fit into.
- To determine which of the Proctor lines are descended from John Graye Proctor of Jamestown.
DNA Test Used By This Project
There are many types of tests used in Genetic genealogy. The Proctor DNA Project is a surname project and utilizes the DNA on the Y-chromosome. This Y-DNA is passed down from father to son, generation after generation, virtually unchanged. So the Y-DNA of a Proctor male living today should be nearly identical to his male ancestor many generations ago. Thus, by comparing two individuals, we can determine if they have a common ancestor. It works very well.
Occasionally, there is a Mutation in the DNA. The value on a marker has changed and may no longer match other members of that line. These mutations are neither good nor bad. They are just rare random changes in the Y-DNA. However, they can help in genealogy since once a mutation occurs, it is passed on to all future generations of male Proctors. If we find two individuals in the same line with the same mutation, then the odds are good they are a little closer related to each other than to the others.
The Proctor Surname DNA Project uses Family Tree DNA as our testing company. Proctor test results from other companies are always welcome. The test is a simple, painless, bloodless swab of the inside of the cheek with a "mini-toothbrush". All FTDNA Surname Project Administrators serve on a volunteer basis and are not compensated for their work.
Proctor DNA Project Requirements
- Individual who submits the DNA sample must be a MALE with the Proctor (or variant) ancestral line (or suspect descent from) OR if testing with Family Finder, must have a Proctor ancestral line or suspect descent from one.
- Participant must submit a pedigree chart (if known).
- Participant must allow their kit number, test results, and oldest known Proctor ancestor to be posted on the Proctor DNA website.
- No other information will be released without the participant’s written permission.
- Adoptees are welcome