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THE LARKIN y-DNA PROJECT


Many clans are now organising general y-DNA Projects, as a way of finding the connections across generations and continents - the true ties that bind! The Larkin Clan - Muinter Lorcán or the community of Larkin Families - are no exception. Stalwart Clan Committee member Brad Larkin has undertaken this task, and is presently arranging the coordination of testing and results compilation. With modern DNA testing, we can get scientific evidence of how the Larkin Clans are related to each other and to all human-kind.  Some of the findings will be consistent with existing genealogies, some will not. Through the Larkin DNA Project, every male Larkin today can use the y-DNA 12-marker test to identify his own genetic signature.  By combining the DNA results of a large sampling with our existing knowledge, we should be able to get a much clearer picture of the origins of the Larkin Clans and how their members dispersed through the world. The 12 marker test is the most affordable way to start your DNA profile and you get a significant discount by participating in the Larkin DNA Project.  This test also focuses on the main Y-chromosome markers helpful in identifying common ancestors on the order of hundreds of years (i.e. the period when surnames were in use but census and other documentation are scarce.)

The following Surnames are being associated with this Project; although our project is open to any male of any of the listed surnames or to any man believing that he is descended from a variant surname.

 Larkin Lorcan  Lorkan
 Larkina Lorcain Larkan
 Larkan Larken Larcome
 Lorkyn Larkyn Larkins

 

 

 

 

Participants are sought from all parts of Ireland, USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Oceania and anywhere else the Surname may be found.                                  

The DNA information is to be used in conjunction with historical and traditional research. DNA results do not often “prove” a relationship, but can be quite helpful in guiding research. If a DNA profile does not match traditional genealogy, a hypothesized relationship may be incorrect.  At other times DNA results may point to an unknown adoption in the family, or some other so-called non-paternity event.

Since a Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA37, Y-DNA25 or Y-DNA12, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname to be tested.

Females can also order a test for themselves (with the group discount), which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of their test cannot be tied to this Surname Project.

The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  The cost per participant is dependent on the number of markers tested, but all tests include an estimate of the Haplogroup (an indication of deep ancestry). 

A 12 marker test is generally useful for sorting individuals into surname - family groups.  The 37 marker test can be useful in identifying subgroups sharing a common ancestor.   Generally (but not always), Family Tree DNA is able to upgrade a test later from the original sample -- one of it's features over some laboratories.

The test is a simple cheek swab. The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, and put it in the mail.

These Y-DNA tests are based on markers with no known health or medical information (sometimes called "junk DNA") - they simply make good 'flags' for identifying surname relationships.  There tests are not appropriate for  legal identification or paternity testing.

We offer our strong support to Brad in this effort, and we urge all Larkin folk to partake in the project; and most importantly - to share the results with all the Clan. The most popular choice (at time of writing) amongst the Irish Clans is Family Tree DNA Ltd. but every Irish Clan should look around and make up its own mind.  Brad has selected Family Tree DNA as the most appropriate for this project.

 


Brad Larkin is the organizer for the LARKIN DNA PROJECT. You can find all the details at  http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/l/larkin/disc.html ; or if you want to get straight to the details, look up http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/l/larkin/rec.html   or just email Brad directly at btlarkin1@gmail.com

[These sites referred to are provided by World Families Network ]

Meantime, here are our 12-marker results to date (as of 28-DEC-2008):

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
ID Group 393 390 394 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389-1 392 389-2
R1b1b2a1 (formerly R1b1c7) Northwest Irish  
NIALL R1b1b2a1 13 25 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 13 14 29
L-XX2 R1b1b2 13 25 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 13 14 29
L-X4 R1b1b2 13 25 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 13 14 30
L-X R1b1b2 13 25 14 11 12 13 12 12 12 13 14 29
L-XX3 R1b1b2 13 25 14 12 12 13 12 12 12 13 14 29
L-X7 R1b 13 24 14 11 11 14     12 13 14 29
L-X8 R1b 12     11     12 12 12 13   29
L-X5 R1b1 13 25 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 14 30
L-X9 R1b 13 25 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 14 14 30
L-6 R1b1b2a1b5 13 26 14 11 11 14 12 12 13 13 14 29
L-XX6 R1b1b2 13 25 14 11 11 15 12 12 12 13 14 29
R1b1b2                        
L-5 R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29
L-XX7 R1b1b2a1b 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29
L-XX8 R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 13 13 13 29
L-1 R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 14 13 30
L-8 R1b 13 24 13 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29
L-XXXI R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29
L-XX9 R1b 13 24 14 11 12 14 12 12 13     30
L-3 R1b1b2 13 23 15 11 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 30
L-7 R1b 13 24 14 11 11 13 12 12 13 13 13 29
L-4 R1b1b2 13 24 15 11 11 15 12 12 13 13 13 29
R1bStr47                        
L-X1 R1b1b2 13 24 15 10 11 14 12 12 12 12 13 29
R1a                        
L-9 R1a 13 24 15 10 11 14 12 10 10 13 11 32
L-XXX R1a1 13 24 15 10 11 14 12 10 10 13 11 32
I                        
L-X3 I2b1 14 23 15 10 14 15 11 13 10 13 12 29
E                        
L-XX E1b1a 13 22 15 10 14 17 11 13 11 14 11 31
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