Jackson Family Genealogy
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All Jackson DNA Project

This Jackson DNA Project is for ALL Jacksons, not just the Robert Jackson of Hempstead line!  Any Jackson looking to break down a brick wall is encouraged to look into this possibility!  And what an interesting new tool for genealogists this is turning out to be!

Two factors have been instrumental in helping determine if someone is connected to Robert Jackson's lineage:  the descendants of this line are fortunate that well documented descendants have participated in the testing so that other Jacksons have DNA material to compare and match to.  Secondly, the characteristics of the Hempstead line are distinct from other Jackson lines which makes it readily ascertainable IF (not where) they are connected to this line.  It verifies if they are looking in the right line and can be used to bolster circumstantial evidence when documented evidence is lacking.  DNA tests can also provide absolute evidence of non-relatedness and save a researcher years of futile inquiry.

If anyone is interested in ordering a test kit, it is recommended that you order your kit from this page. You will be ordering through the Jackson Project which is a bit less expensive.

Quotes from Jim Bartlett:

"I think the challenge for presenters is to explain how the three kinds of DNA tests work in plain terms. My experience is that most genealogists do not want to be taught the underlying biology, or statistics/probabilities, or population genetics, etc. They want to know what this new DNA tool does and specifically how to use it in their genealogy. To paraphrase an old line: they don't want to know how a watch is made, just what time it is . . .

"No understanding of biology is needed to successfully use the DNA tools:  For each type of DNA test the rule is the same: each match is a cousin who also tested, somewhere on the appropriate line(s).  You share a Common Ancestor (CA) with each match - your job is to contact the match, share info, and determine the CA - these are genealogy methods we've all used for years.
Y-DNA is only in men, so the CA will be on your all-male/surname (usually) line only.
mtDNA is only passed down by mothers, so the CA will be on your all-female line (going back from your mother). It may go back 10-20 generations, so most matches will have a CA with you farther back in time.
atDNA is passed from parents to children, so the CA could be any of your ancestors. Your matches begin to dry up beyond 9th or 10th cousins.
So all you have to do is get tested and work with your matches to determine the Common Ancestor."

An further explanation of how y-DNA works and how it can be helpful to the researcher has been written by Dan Hyde of the Jackson Brigade and posted here: http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~hyde/jackson/DNA-Project.html.  Though that page has been set up for one specific Jackson branch, the explanation applies to every DNA participant and is an excellent place to begin to understand how this works.  (Off site; don't forget to use your browser's back button to return to this site.)

An explanation of how Family Finder test at FTDNA can be helpful can be found (off-site) here:
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/10/07/the-matchmakers-match/

An explanation of Surname Projects can be found (offsite) here:
http://dna-explained.com/2014/08/07/surname-projects/

A message board for the Jackson Group at FTDNA: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/jackson/activity-feed <link fixed!>

Public ancestral summaries for the Jackson Project can be seen at:
https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/jackson/about/results.
This is a summary of all persons tested with some Jackson connection. I recommend you do a Control+F to search for your ancestor's name which possibly could be found in several lineages.
  Family Tree DNA  (home of our Jackson Project)
'Why we need you!' - by Mary Harkey Russell
Why the Database Size is essential - as of October 2016 FTDNA Jackson Group has over 787 individuals tested members.
Using the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Resources Help for navigating Family Tree DNA's website
Frequently Asked Questions - and the answers from FTDNA  (Family Tree DNA)
FamilyTree DNA Jackson Background Page the website of the lab that maintains the records.   (special conversion pricing)
Oxford Ancestors  (English site) 

Link to a free, downloadable e-book "I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What?"   Download and read at your leisure. 

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