Free DNA tests/Farris
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The FARRIS Surname Group Project at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) will offer at least 4 free Y-DNA 37 marker tests to males that meet the following requirements: a. He is living male with a surname listed to the left. b. He now lives in Britain or Ireland c. We would prefer that he has a four or five generation documented pedigree going back to a location in Britain or Ireland. However, we will consider male applicants that have strong family links to Britain or Ireland prior to 1850 which include known locations such as counties, villages, Churches, etc. d. He is willing to provide & share pertinent family information to assist our project. e. He is not related to another applicant for this free test. We don’t want two or more men from the same family. f. Consideration will also be given to potential candidates with one of the listed surnames living in other countries (other than the USA) who can trace their direct male line to a specific place in Britain or Ireland with documented records prior to 1850.
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“We have more than 60 men who have been Y-DNA tested for this project, but most reside in the USA. A surname analysis by Dr. Tyrone BOWES from the 1841 Census of Britain indicates clusters of our surname variations in: ENGLAND in: Bradenstoke, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Gloucestershire (Ferris Court farm in Eastcombe), North Wiltshire, Somerset, Trowbridge and the border lands with Scotland; SCOTLAND in: Aberdeenshire, Dumfriesshire, Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire (Rutherglen) & Stirlingshire; IRELAND (1911 Census) in: County Antrim, County Carlow, County Cork. County Donegal, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Kerry (where there is a Dunferris = Ferris hillfort & a Ferris/Moriarty Castle called Ballymalis), County Mayo, County Sligo & County Tyrone.”