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In 2006 I began a journey.  I was asked by family to help with our JORDAN family history. We are Carolina proud with long deep roots in the Coastal Plains of the Old North State.  When the records dissolved into fragments I used classic genealogy tools and methods. I expanded my focus to include neighboring JORDANS.  Perhaps these neighbor’s lines would allow me to double back and find answers regarding our MATTHEW JORDAN (pronounced JER-DON) who died in Johnston County, NC in 1849.

Two years lapsed and I was no closer to discovering Matthew’s parents, when or where Matthew was born, or his relationship with a single neighboring Jordan family, so I turned to DNA.  I submitted our eldest living male Jordan’s DNA to FTDNA.com and ordered the Y37 marker test.  The results were disappointing.  I discovered our Jordan family was only the second North Carolina Jordans to establish their branch in the FTDNA.com database.  As I closely examined our results and compared it with the mountain of classic genealogy work I did I realized the single reason my results were disappointing was because so many others were missing!  Think of your branch as a puzzle piece to a giant puzzle for your family tree.  You make the effort to get your piece in the puzzle building effort BUT the pieces belonging to the pieces you connect to are missing.

My background is research.  The solution was simple. The only way to resolve matters and get our family history work on good footing and help others who had submitted DNA in the hopes of advancing their own family history work was to seek out men who could establish the missing branches of early NC Jordans.  So was born my independent NC1700sJordans DNA Project.  While my efforts work in concert with FTDNA’s global JORDAN SURNAME PROJECT, my project was more tailored. There were two specific parameters.

First NC1700sJordans was geographically specific. No interest in JORDAN lines who track back to a ROBERT JORDAN of MAINE. Only JORDANS who called Carolina home were and are relevant.  And as the work progressed other surnames/family lines who also called Carolina home were and are relevant.

So if your family lives in NC now and you believe or suspect you track back to Jamestown or somewhere in early VA, Maryland, or the Carolinas or you live outside of NC and you believe or suspect your particular family line may have lived in either of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, or Maryland during or before the 1700s  we need to talk.  I may be researching your direct family line.

It is critically important for you to establish your branch by submitting a boy kit that includes the Y37 or greater test and the Family Finder test through FamilyTreeDNA.com.

NOTE:  if you have submitted any DNA kits through Ancestry,com  or 23andme.com you already have autosomal raw data.  You should move any raw data for your direct lines (on either side of your family to FTDNA.com.  Keep in mind,  girl kits do not ESTABLISH any FAMILY LINE but they should be moved to FTDNA too.  No girl inherits Ymarker AKA CLAN ID information so it is important to move their kits to FTDNA so they can be properly connected to their direct lines!  This step is not possible at any other company.  Only FTDNA provides the full complement of genetic genealogical tests.  Other companies may help you find cousins who share particular research interests.  Only FTDNA provides what is necessary to learn CLAN IDs and the ability to DNA map one’s pedigree lines.

By the late 1700s and early 1800s,  many of the earliest families had connections in multiple states. Genealogy is tracking family lines back in time along prior generation nodes.   NC1700sJordans  was created and designed to help folks do their work to ensure proper connection to the right CLAN tree and the right branch.  Relationships between neighbors who carry the same surname are made ill be clear.

The second criteria of my independent genetic genealogy project was and is the specific chronological time frame I am isolating. I am DNA mapping JORDANS whose families were in the American Colonies in or before the 1700s AND their branches had a North Carolina connection in or before the 1700s.  I also am DNA mapping other families who connect to JORDANs during the same chronological time frame.  I have been at this work now for almost a decade and what began as a focus on JORDAN only lines provided enough evidence to require me to expand the work.  Classic genealogy work focused on tracing lines via particular surnames.  When I began my work I had conflicting pedigree work.  Different lines claimed the same ancestor and specific geographic node.  Genetic genealogy work has allowed family historians to more accurately identify their CLANs,  DNA submissions have allowed us to better understand why competing pedigree work existed.  A surname switch occurred at some generation node causing confusion in the classic work.

It is critically important to include genetic genealogy in ones family history work today to ensure your work is accurate and you are tracking the right families in your actual CLAN!   

** Remember  North Carolina included part of VA, SC, GA, and all of TN during the 1700s.  If you go back to the early 1700s, the boundaries get even more blurry along the Virginia boundary.  The rivers traversed across state lines and because settlements occurred along the rivers’ banks, it is important to not let a now defined state line inhibit or hinder family history work and properly establishing all of the branches for unique CLAN family trees.  The boundaries for neighboring states were not firm until the late 1800s per the Federal Census Bureau.

Many published genealogies done before DNA was possible were flawed.  Anyone working today can easily trot down the wrong path by working from the flawed genealogies. It is critically important for all researchers to use the best tools available and gather the largest amount of information in order to develop correct conclusions.  DNA must be part of every family historian’s toolkit. Wonderful for researchers today we have the ability to do the work ourselves. We don’t have to hire a professional, though one can if they want.  FamilyTreeDNA.com has built in DNA tools to help one accomplish their best results.  But the lab only provides the framework. It is akin to a library or a Clerk’s office.  The true information is not in the walls of the repositories but in the records contained within.  When it comes to DNA, you can’t harvest if you have not planted/established your own family’s branch. My project identifies missing branches and work to get those missing branches established.

My hope and plan is to create a reference repository (a DNA cluster) with enough information to clearly allow folks who track back to  Carolina in or before the 1700s to accomplish their best family history work.  My goal is to

Some academics might label my effort a STUDY RESEARCH PROJECT because it is not the sort of work that can be isolated in controlled environment.  My project depends and will be measured by the degree of cooperation and participation achieved.

It is so important for all to understand even if a pedigree has been accepted by your family for decades, even centuries in some cases, it is still important that your branch be included in the FAMILYTREEDNA.com database.

While my work initially focused on early JORDANS can no longer be accurately represented by a project called only nc1700sJordans.  The work has expanded to include many different early NC families and clans.  So I have altered the name of my work to simply  NCFAMILYGENETICGENEALOGY Project.  I also changed my website domain to reflect the change.  All of the work remains here. I have not deleted anything.

I will be adding more pages to my site specific to other surnames/clans to hopefully help all researchers who are working the same families and geographic nodes.



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  1. The photos you found are just gorgeous. I love the website, and I really hope you get a lot of hits. I’d love if you’e let me give input. It’s one of the things I do at work. i don’t code them, but I do help design websites. Good job!!

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