The Slade DNA Project provides an opportunity for you to identify which Slade branch you belong to and/or to confirm suppositions you may have already found using conventional genealogical research methods. One goal of this project is to link together branches of the family that cannot be linked otherwise due to lack of documented records. Another goal is to identify and confirm our true ancestral origins.
DNA testing is most beneficial for family research when used in conjunction with existing genealogies. However, even if you have never before researched family history, DNA can help and you are invited to join the project.
This is a totally volunteer, non-profit endeavor. There is no charge for joining the Slade Surname DNA Project, however, each member must furnish results of their own DNA test in order to participate. Considering the amount of time and expense that most genealogists have devoted to their research, using DNA to confirm distant relationships is an economic tool.
This project tests the Y-chromosome which is passed down from father to son, following the paternal line, so only males can be tested. However, females can also participate in the project by encouraging brothers, fathers, uncles and male cousins to become DNA donors to the project. They can also help by providing Slade family information that they might have and by contributing financially to help fund a family donor. Please contact us for more information.
Blood samples are NOT required for this type test. Instead, a sample is taken using a small Q-tip-like brush to swab the inside of the cheek. About like brushing your teeth. See a picture of the DNA sampling kit by clicking the tab above.
People are often concerned that DNA tests could be medically informative and will identify individuals. Please be assured that these test will not. In fact, only the Y-chromosome is tested, which has no medical value, and the tests are not discriminating such as are the standard ‘forensic’ type profile tests used by law enforcement authorities.
When comparing DNA test results, kit numbers are used rather than names in order to maintain anonymity. Each participants identity is known only to the Project Administrator and will not be given to anyone else without your specific written authorization. If a match is found for your DNA and the other person wishes to contact you, you will be notified by the Project Administrator and you will have the option whether to contact them directly or not.
We have chosen FamilyTreeDNA of Houston to handle testing for this project. They will offer you a substantial discount when testing is ordered through the Slade Surname DNA Project. Please contact us for additional information before ordering to be sure you get the maximum discount for your tests. Please Note: We are not in any way affiliated with this laboratory, nor do we receive any of the money. If you should choose to test with a different laboratory, please be sure they test a minimum of 25 markers and send a copy of your results to us.
Most of the known Slade branches in North America are believed to have originated in England. Many Slade lines in the US are well researched but lack the final connection back to their European ancestors. The project will help determine relationships between the several different Slade family lines in the US and eventually connect with the proper Slade ancestors in Europe. All Slade descendants worldwide are invited to join.
If you like to know more about the Slade Surname DNA Project, want to join, or have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking on my name as compiler at the bottom of any page.
James L. Slade
Slade Surname DNA Project