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The Colby-Worldwide Surname Project


WELCOME to the NEW Y chromosome DNA project for all variations of the surname COLBY, worldwide! Most Colby's in America are descendants of Anthony (1605-1660) and his wife Susanna (1610-1689). Anthony sailed from England with the Winthrop Fleet to arrive in America in 1630.++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Colby line includes a U.S. President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Register of the U.S. Treasury, Governor, Director of the CIA, President of a College and Railroad, high ranking and awarded leaders of the military, a leader of the Sierra Club, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Joseph Smith Jr. the founder of the Mormon Church. Colby?s also had a connection with the Salem Witch Trials. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ HELPFUL INFO: DNA is the carrier of our genetic information and is passed down from generation to generation. A person receives DNA from both their father and mother. We have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Of each pair, one comes from the father and one from the mother. The 23rd chromosome is known as the sex chromosome. The 23rd chromosome from the mother is always an X. From the father, a person either inherits an X chromosome or a Y chromosome. The Y chromosome is only found in men. This makes a Y chromosome test an ideal choice in making a connection with those of the same surname. Therefore, only men can take the Y-DNA test and participate in the Colby Surname Project. For females who are interested in the project, a close male relative would need to provide the sample. In choosing a male, consider an older relative who may be the last surviving male in your family line and have them tested. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ TESTS FOR FEMALES: A person's maternal ancestry can be traced using his or her mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA. mtDNA is maternally inherited and is passed from a female ancestor to their descendant of either sex. By continuing a line from a mother back to her mother and so on, it's possible to trace a family tree backward in time based on mitochondrial lineages. This test also allows you to identify your ethnic and geographic origins, both recent and far distant, on your direct maternal line. This test is used for both females and males and is an important tool for genetic analysis and genealogical research. When chosing a mtDNA project, you may want to consider the geographic origin of your maternal line. +++++ Join us today and save with a group project rate!



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