Fridig Surname DNA Project
The stated purpose and goal, of the
Fridig * Surname DNA Project, is
to perform Y-Chromosome DNA tests on a representative international group of
males bearing the Friday surname in an attempt to reliably
establish the Friday haplotype (s) and determine
which of the Friday lineages share a common ancestor. From this data,
we will also be able to calculate the
estimated time when the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) occurred.
To accomplish this goal, the following recommended guidelines
have been established.
* Surname DNA Project will be limited to
bearing the Friday * surname at birth.
Participants must, to the best of their knowledge, be descended from a line of males that is
genetically unbroken for any known reason such as adoption, legal name
change, or any other biological incidence.
Participants must provide a
minimum of three primary source (the participant, his father & his
paternal grandfather) certified generations of paternal
ancestors. More than three generations would provide for even
better positioning of the surname haplotype.
Only Y-Chromosome DNA tests will be performed on the DNA
samples submitted by the project participants.
The testing for this family project should be accomplished
as a composite Friday group, for the following reasons.
Each DNA test laboratory uses different groups of STR
markers to establish a Y-Chromosome haplotype.
It has been concluded, to ensure consistency in results,
that the same test laboratory should be used to perform all the
sample testing that is used to assess family surname results for our
The testing laboratory is prepared to give the greatest
discount on their pricing to groups that assemble and submit their DNA samples as a
composite group. This minimizes the commercial
handling of the samples and supports item "b" above.
As a result of the need for a coordinated group effort (see item
6 above), the project requires the services of a Project Coordinator.
I, Jeff Friday, have volunteered to serve as the
Fridig Surname DNA Project Coordinator.
Relative Genetics of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been selected
as our test laboratory based on a
combination of the following criteria.
Proven quality and reliability of services.
The laboratory's use of the most effective group of
Y-chromosome STR marker
systems for the genetic genealogy application.
Discounting of test costs based on group size.
Turn around time from date of submission of samples to
availability of test results.
The actual negotiated laboratory test costs to the participants of the
Fridig Surname DNA Project for the 26 Y-Chromosome marker DNA test is $155.00 USD.
A DNA Sample Kit will be supplied by the Project Coordinator to each participant after they have
submitted their "intent to participate" Registration Form and the
minimum genealogical information.
The Y-Chromosome DNA Sample Kit will be composed of the
An instruction sheet.
One swab packaging envelope
A return envelope
The Y-Chromosome DNA test sample will be collected from all
participants in the following manner.
Upon receipt of the DNA sample kit, via the standard postal
service, each participant will collect his sample in the privacy of his
Each participant, following the written
instructions, will swab the inside of the right cheek of his mouth with
one swab that is provided.
The swab will then be placed, without contamination, into
the packaging envelope provided with the kit.
The participant will then swab the left cheek of his mouth
with the second swab and place it also in the same envelope with the first
Seal the envelope containing your two swabs.
Following the sample collection process, each participant
will do the following.
Send the sealed DNA sample, in the self addressed return envelope
provided, via the postal service, to the Project Coordinator, along with your personal check or
international money order ($155.00 US Dollars, made
payable to Relative Genetics - please
do not send cash) to cover the cost of the sample analysis.
The turnaround time for the DNA analysis of your DNA sample
could take as long as 2-4 weeks from the date of receipt of the
samples by the test laboratory and the notification of the test results.
The "DNA Project Status Reports" section and the
"News" section of this web site will be used to keep the list of Fridig
Surname DNA Project participants informed on new developments and
progress in each stage of the project.
Relative Genetics will provide each participant, via the
Project Coordinator, with a
certificate of their personal DNA test results, at the conclusion of the
Remote as it may be, there is a recognized risk in participating in this type of
project whereby the participant could possibly discover from the test
results that he is not descended from the surname he expected, due to an
unknown incidence of adoption, arbitrary name change, infidelity, etc. which occurred somewhere in his ancestry.
The composite results of the
Fridig Surname DNA Project
will be posted on this web site, at the page entitled "Friday Surname
Haplotype Database" with periodic updates. Each participant's coded F#, specific surname spelling,
"earliest known progenitor information" along with the STR marker values will be posted at this
* It has been established that the use of the
italicized Friday surname, throughout this web site, implies all
the accepted different spellings of the surname found in the site Orthography
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