It would be easy if we all had an identical haplotype. However, that is not the case.
As we gather more participants – and the probability of more
or varied haplotypes, we will seek the assistance of the cadre of knowledgeable
amateur and professional researchers for possible interpretations of the
results. It will be exciting to see
which of the research questions on page 8 have answers. We will likely get strong clues about some
national origins - - and of course, as in most research projects, we will
generate more interesting questions!
There is always a possibility that an individual participant
could get test results different than expected. Samples [haplotypes]
that vary by many markers from
the other groups may do so for a number of reasons. One possibility is that
they represent distinct lines either older or younger than the currently
observed most frequent line.
Another is that there has been a Anon‑paternal event@ at an unknown past time.
There are several possible types of non‑paternal event in addition to a
pregnancy gained outside of a marriage. For example, a child may be adopted and
given the CORRELL name; a man may take the CORRELL name when he marries a
CORRELL daughter; a CORRELL man may marry a pregnant woman whose husband has
died; a couple where the wife is the CORRELL may choose to give their children
the CORRELL name for various reasons; clerical error in recording
administrative data may assign a CORRELL name to the wrong person, and so on.
It should be remembered that adoptions [formal or informal]
were quite common in every age (i.e.. parents died by disease or war and a
relative took in the children and raised them with their name; or young
daughters had a child out of wedlock and the parents raised it as their own).
Some may not want to see a result indicating a Anon‑paternal event@ but we are all legal
CORRELLs/ KORELLs/ etc. and a small sample size could be misleading. One may
get a DNA sequence which suggests a Anon‑paternal
event@ but - - - -
they could be of the original blood CORRELL/ CORYELL line. For example: Twenty people are tested and 19
are very similar but the last is clearly different. It could turn out that the
19 descend from the same person 300 years ago and this person was an adopted
CORRELL while the other is of the original blood line going back 800 years.
No one will loose his “Cousinship” due to having a different
haplotype. It will just deepen the