Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sinclair DNA on Tumblr

Today, I opened a Tumblr account. I explain why on my first post. It's all based on the fact that genealogy is now so completely dependent upon the Internet, on digitization of files, etc.

Visit Sinclair DNA on Tumblr

To succeed, the Sinclair DNA study must continue to attract those who are searching for help online. With more online assets, we're better able to intersect with those who are looking for historical information on their Sinclair / St. Clair / Sinceler families and who might consider using DNA to get more answers.

Getting more and more data is the key. While difficult to maintain all these digital assets, it's beginning to pay off. We're now signing up an average of 1 new member every two weeks. More date equals more clarity. I wrote about this several years ago on the website under the "Methodology" link on the left hand side.  On that page I urge Sinclair members to test more DNA markers tests to give us a more clear picture of our background. The same can be said of signing up more Sinclairs worldwide in our DNA study - more member data gives us a much better idea of our family's history.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sinclair DNA on Pinterest

Do you follow Pinterest? I'm posting some beautiful photos of religious buildings from medieval England on my Sinclair DNA board there.

I've put up photos of the priories and abbeys in which the St Clair family were involved. They signed charters and were benefactors to these religious houses with other important families. Many also show up in the Sinclair DNA study matching some of our Lineages.

Some of the families involved:
de Vaux
Meulan (kin of Roger Beaumont)
Longespee (earl of Salisbury)

For now, I've only visited these on the Internet. I hope to go over in September to see at least a few of them in person.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Sinclair DNA Members Joining

This is exciting news. We have some very interesting new Sinclair family members joining our DNA study.

Yesterday, I made contact with a genealogists who has very good documents which appear to point back to Gen. Arthur Sinclair. She and several other distant cousins have pooled their resources so as to test someone they believe is a direct descendent of the general. If their genealogy is correct, then this will be a wonderful addition to our knowledge base in the Sinclair DNA study.

General Arthur Sinclair hails from the Caithness region in northern Scotland. Participants in our DNA study can probably guess as easily as I can which type of DNA this person will have. Our current members in the DNA study, who have good documents research pointing back to Caithness, all show a particular SNP - Z1. However, we do have one person with extremely good documents research pointing back to Caithness who has a completely different SNP - Z9*

My bet is on Z1.

The wonderful thing about finding great researchers is that it gives our Lineages a great deal more data. And the Gen. Arthur Sinclair story definitely Requires more data. In fact, all of our lineages do.