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The O'Hourihane, Hor(ri)gan
Han(d)rahan, and Horan DNA Projects

DNA Project

There are several companies that do genealogy DNA testing. This project is administered through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). If you are interested in joining the project and have not yet tested, purchase your test at FTDNA.

If you have already Y tested at AncestryDNA or 23andMe you have two choices. FTDNA is currently undergoing a transition with their Y transfer products. As of March 31, 2014, the company's process that searches for matches for Y transferred data is DOWN, with NO time estimate as to when it will be functioning again. If you want to purchase a Y transfer product, my advice is to WAIT until there is further clarification before purchasing a product. Your second choice, if you do not wish to wait, is to simply purchase a new Y product at FTDNA.

If you want to join the Autosomal DNA project, you can purchase the Family Finder test at FTDNA or you can purchase the Autosomal DNA Transfer product if you've already tested elsewhere.

Enrollment requires a Y-DNA STR (short tandem repeat marker) test or an autosomal DNA (Family Finder) test. Geno 2.0, The Big Y, and mitochondrial DNA tests do not qualify.

Men with a surname of interest are eligible with a Y-DNA test.

Anybody with a surname of interest anywhere in their ancestry (not just direct male line of descent) and within the past five generations is eligible with an A-DNA (autosomal) test. If you have a living parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent in the line you want tested, it is recommended that you have that person tested.

Join the public mailing list if you wish to receive future communications about the project and DNA test sales.

How to Join the Project

  1. Read the Questions and Answers page for information on Y-DNA and autosomal DNA testing and the project itself.

  2. Click here for Join Instructions, which includes a link for ordering your Y-DNA or Family Finder test or a transfer product.

  3. Along with your DNA test, these steps will help us support the goals of our study.

    1. 1. Share your information with your DNA matches at FTDNA and with the project administrator.

    2. 2. Fill in your list of surnames in your FTDNA account and upload a GEDCOM there.

    3. 3. We want every participant represented on a test kit page. Submit a minimal family history that gives the geographic origin and genetic connection between the test taker and the tester's earliest known Hourihane ancestor. Living people in the family tree can be labeled anonymous. For examples of minimal family histories in various data formats, view a sample test kit page.

Additional Ways You Can Help the Project

  1. 1. Help us grow our DNA test base and recruit others to this project and tell your friends and relatives.

  2. 2. Upload a GEDCOM at FTDNA. It is a useful visual aid for your test matches. You can upload your GEDCOM at our sister site at World Families or on Rootsweb World Connect. A link to your GEDCOM posted elsewhere is another way to provide some documentation on your family history.

  3. 3. Subscribe to the public Rootsweb mailing list to correspond with others who are researching the O'Hourihane surname and forms of the name. These messages are publicly archived. Post your family history on the list by emailing the list. Membership on the mailing list is required if you wish to receive communications from the project administrator but do not otherwise join the DNA project.

  4. 4. Submit a family history for publication here on Rootsweb. They can be fairly short or quite extensive. For examples, see the Family Biographies on the Driscoll of Cork website.

  5. 5. Refer eligible people to this project in online genealogy forums. See Surname Forums.

  6. 6. In the course of your own research, if you have extracted surname of interest records from church resources, civil registration, Griffith's Valuation, Tithe Applotment books, or other historical materials, your contributions of such material to this website would be a welcome addition! When you have information ready, contact the administrator.

  7. 7. A monetary donation to the General Fund of the project is always appreciated. USD $55 (about €42) would pay for a 12 marker Y-DNA test plus shipping and handling. This project is a 100% volunteer effort and the project administrators do not receive any compensation nor are they employees of or earn commissions from testing laboratories. Donations enable interested project members to pool their resources together. Even occasional $5 or $10 donations may accumulate to the point where we can purchase a test kit for somebody whose lineage may be of importance to the project.

Although I may be interested in your family history, I have several DNA and Cork genealogy related projects to research and administer. My priority to responding to emails is to those who have actively assisted this project. The more help somebody gives me, the more help I try to give that person.


Susan J. Barretta, Project Administrator
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Last updated: Monday, 31-Mar-2014 19:00:01 MDT