To be tested for Campbell dna the person being tested needs to be a MALE who
was born named Campbell. The test results will show the ancestry of that
man, back to his father, then back to his grandfather, then to his great
grandfather, and so on back many many generations.
If you have your father do the test, it will reveal his Eggleston ancestry.
There is the 12 marker test, 24, 36, 66. Each test is giving more
information, farther back in time. The 12 marker test is the cheapest, but
it does not give the most information.
For example: let's say a male Campbell takes the 12 marker test, and his
results show that he is related to 25 men who also took the test. But if he
took the 66 marker test, he might find that he is related to just 3 men, and
by sharing information with those 3 men, he might find that they share the
same ancestor. It could be that they don't actually know that ancestors
name, but working with the 3 names and locations and records could possibly
produce the clue they ahve all been searching for, which will unlock the
door. These are strictly examples, I am using just to explain the results to
you in an easy manner.
For example: my ancestor is George and Caty Campbell of Amherst Co VA. We
already have several men who have tested for this line, and they have found
that they are related fairly closely to many other men. This in itself has
not yet told us WHO is the father of George Campbell b. 1720, d. 1791
Amherst Co VA, but by continueing to share research among all the dna
related men in the test group, maybe something will pop up. That is the
Tammie, you need to examine your files and records, and look at census
reports if need by, thru the 1930 census, and try to find a male named
Campbell who is a direct descendant of Alphonso Campbell b. 1829. The test
requires no blood, no needles. It is done thru the mail. The compan is
they are in Houston, TX. The test is a simple
swab inside the mouth.
Go online and read this website, and also examine the Campbell surname
If your test would come back as a positive match to the George and Caty
group, that would at least give you the knowledge that your Alphonso was
from that group, and not another in Augusta Co VA, or Rockbridge Co VA, or
any other area. It would allow you to concentrate on the sons and grandsons
of George and Caty.
Francis Campbell and Isabelle of Nelson Co VA are also related fairly close
to George and Caty. There are others as well. So I should not claim that
you could only be from George and Caty, but you could be from Francis as
well, though that seems unlikely.
Concerning testing to prove Native American ancestry: as I have been
explaining, the MALE test is going to show his genetic material from his
Father, to Grandfather, and so on back in a straight, unbroken, male only
line. It will not reveal anything about any mother, grandmothers, or great
For example: let's say the male Campbell being tested was the son, and
grandson , and great grandson of a Scots Campbell. However, 200 years ago
in Virginia, one of the Scots Campbell ancestors married a Cherokee woman
and had sons. Would that Native American ancestry be revealed? No, it
would not. Because the test is strictly the MALE side.
However, there is a way to be tested for a female side, and also a way to be
tested for other genetic material. I recieved an email explaining that, but
that test would not show the male only Campbell side.
In order to get the best results, first determine on paper WHAT you want to
discover, and which generation it would likely be at. If you think that
your husband has a female Native American ancestor, then ask how to best
have that tested.
Kevin Campbell is the Campbell dna test group admistrator, you can ask him
Additionally, almost all the people involved with the George and Caty and
related groups are on this mailing list and they might also answer
questions. Please feel free to ask anything.
My Uncle Bill Sisemore appeared to be a White man, with no obvious Native
American features at all. But when his group did the dna test, it was
determined that their earliest male ancestor was a Native American male.
How could that happen, when it was said the Sizemore family came to Virginia
from England or Wales? And why do most Sizemore males when test have
results which are Western European? The whole story is not know, but
perhaps a female named Sizemore in the 1600's in Virginia had a son, or
more, with a Native American male. Then those sons grew up and used their
mother's White maiden name as their legal name, and thus a Native American
family line began under that European name.
So the dna test can give surprising results sometimes, but it will not lie.
Let's say I want to do my own dna test, I am a female, and that test will
shown my mother, to her mother, to her mother, and so on back to a very
early female ancestor of mine. In my case, I have done that line on paper,
and I know that my earliest ancestor "should" be some lady in England. I
could take the test, and I could confirm this ethnic information.
For example: mymaternal grandmother always told everyone, that her
grandmother was a Native Indian lady from Pennsylvania. I had always
thought this story was true, until I started doing research. Now I know
that lady was actually Sophia Elder, and she was an English woman with no
apparent Native American ancestry at all.
But I could take the test and confirm or deny this story.
By doing some research, and finding a female to female direct line, back to
a Native American female ancestor, that test can be taken to confirm or deny
Hope this has helped. In research for a SURNAME you will always need to
find a Male who was born with that surname.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tammie" <firehawk66(a)juno.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 6:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Campbell] CAMPBELL DNA question
I am confused about the dnA STUFF.
My father is the son of a Campbell daughter, Mae Elizabeth
Campbell(Eggleston). Her father being William Edward Campbell 1883
Nelson/Amherst CO Va, s/o the illusive Alphonso Lee Campbell b 1829 VA.
Would my father "qualify" for the dna project? Or would they need one of
the brother's descendants to my grandmother?
The whole DNA thing confuses me anyway. I am thinking about ordering a lit
to have my husband checked for Native (Cherokee) lineage/percentage. His
daughter (my step daughter) wants to do it, but her husband won't let her.
Would probably be better if hubby or his father did it, anyway.
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